Published: 28 August, 2015
Adam Coulson, 20, works at the Angel branch of Medivet, in Cross Street. The surgery has an internal veterinary college, where Adam will start in December. Eventually he wants to move on to exotic animals, but for now he mainly sees Islington’s cats and dogs. There have been a few exciting exceptions though, a chuckwalla – a form of lizard – was brought in a while back. “They’re only supposed to live to 20, and this one was 26 already. It was proper tame, too,” says Adam. “You could stroke its head and it’d sort of purr, even though it was a lizard.”
Angela Zdero runs the vintage shop Fat Faced Cat in Camden Passage, Angel, with her husband Robert. She used to work as a costume designer, and compares the thrill of helping someone find their new favourite piece of clothing to the excitement of making the perfect costume. They stock clothes from all decades, picking items that “stand out for being beautiful or unusual”. Angela especially loves the black Victorian capes that date from the time of Prince Albert’s death, when Victoria declared a state of mourning that applied to everyone in the country.
Nihat Asili, who runs Upper Street’s Kebab Empire, says the secret behind the popularity of Turkish food is its simplicity. “Bread, meat, salad, finished. Easy,” is how he puts it. His shop is open until the early hours, and he gets his fair share of inebriated customers. Nihat does not mind the late-night visitors though, because in Islington they are “safe and nice... and more respectful than those in Hackney”.
Interviews by Rose Nugee