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Stanley Smart: mechanic & poet Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Stanley Smart is a well-known St Thomas’ Road character who you may have seen washing and polishing cars. But his passion for vehicles was nearly his undoing. Interview by Nicola Baird. Stanley grew up in Trinidad, one of the bigger Caribbean islands, but in 1958…
Piers Torday: children’s novelist Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  TV writer and theatre fan Piers Torday has just had his first novel published – The Last Wild. It’s an animal adventure set in a very empty, futuristic English landscape so how did he manage to write it when he’s based in Islington jostled by…
Simon Dolin: hair salon owner Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Normally at the hairdressers it’s the client who chats, but this time Simon– who runs Barnaby’s in Highbury Barn – lets me interview him while he cuts my hair. Half an hour later he makes the last snip, then picking up a mirror to let…
Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Illustrator Teresa Robertson, 53, moved to Islington when she was just eight months old.  She’s a trustee of the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, runs occasional art workshops and is increasingly well-known for her colourful portraits of Islington families outside their…
Jet Osman: 3D-artist Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.  Red-haired Jet Osman is a grandmother, committed vegetarian (she calls herself a “virtual vegan”), cat-lover and new for 2013 determined to get a piece of her typically 3D-art exhibited at the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition (10 June- 18 August 2013). The work’s…
Lollipop men and women: Jane, Ronnie, Nora & Pauline Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.  Twice a day there are lovely people all over Islington donning big weatherproof jackets and hats in a mix of reflective and florescent materials ready to escort children safely over the road. So, do lollipop men and women have time to tell…
Jake Perkins: estate agent Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog. Jake Perkins is a partner at the eponymously named Hotblack Desiato – the estate agent on Upper Street that sci-fi writer Douglas Adams borrowed to name one of the rock stars in The Hitch hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Jake was born…
Jon Winder, play guru Everyone has a story, but how in Islington do we help our children explore so they have stories to share too? Here’s how council officer and new dad Jon Winder is keeping kids in Islington happy. Q&A by Nicola Baird. Reblog below from Love Outdoor Play. Some questions for Jon before…
Alan Banks: milkman/space ship driver Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet milkman/space ship driver Alan Banks who sees the best and worst of people – and a lot of slugs – on his night rounds delivering glass-bottled pints to N4 and N5 doorsteps. Interview by Nicola Baird.   “I’ve told my grand daughter that…
Everyone in Islington’s got a story. Settle down for a cup of tea and a biscuit with the Scarbrough family (who’ve lived in Islington for years) and the chat switches from history to celebrity at rapid speed. If you want to know what Superfan Holly and her mother Helen Romero…