Most people presume jellied eels are slimy. Or wobbly. Or wobbly and slimy. But surprisingly, it turns out jellied eels are quite chewy and extremely bony. In some pie and mash shops the tradition remains of sprinkling sawdust on the floor to stop customers slipping on the discarded bones.
In a weekly feature, we profile and champion a fascinating shop or company doing business here in Islington. This week, we visited Gadz Cafe in Finsbury Park, which pays tribute to ‘amazing’ MP Jeremy Corbyn.
The term “gentrification” was coined by sociologist Ruth Glass about Islington in the 1960s. She was describing middle class families buying homes in working class neighbourhoods – and seeing the value of those homes grow massively.
As chief reporter at the Islington Gazette when Ben Kinsella was murdered, Meyrem Hussein had a better insight into Islington’s knife crime problem than most. She recalls how Ben’s death caught the attention of the national press – but says too little has changed in the decade since.
Young graduate Alice Feilden found it hard to forge a career in the arts – so she took matters into her own hands. She tells the Gazette about her childhood in Archway and her ambitions for the Hustle Club.