Holloway Road PIEoneers hold the recipe to success

Londoners dreamt wistfully about a variety of meat pies this week, claiming that they were fed up with the classic mince and onion.

Director of Piebury Corner, Paul Campbell, 51 said: “traditional pie shops are a localised market, it’s a completely different product all together.”

16651410_10212803359024766_1370010905_o(Piebury Corner on Holloway Road)

“They (gourmet pies) sell well to the younger customer, millennials, they go for the artisan creations all day long.”


The pie deli dominating the Islington area since 2012, say on their website that although their name is a twist on the Gunner’s old stomping ground Highbury Corner, they “soon attracted a non-football clientele”.


Freddie Gould-White, a 23-year-old customer service assistant at Aldi argued that traditional pies are a thing of the past saying that his personal favourite is “chicken ham and leek, untraditional but more flavoursome than the minced beef”.

Gould-White also mentioned his favourite pie shop is G. Kelly on Roman Road, East London.

“It has the best atmosphere and feels like it hasn’t been changed much since opening, but you get a funny look if you order anything but the minced beef.

“The cockney lady behind the counter looks at you like you’re really putting them out.”

Campbell also recommended G. Kelly for a traditional pie and mash.


Writer gives students a valuable lesson in detention

A published author told journalism students at London Met University how she drove a campaign to end child detention centres last Monday.

Orwell Prize nominee Clare Sambrook said she refused to sit back and allow injustice to continue after hearing how a family were wrongly held in a detention centre.

“We called it End Child Detention Now because we wanted it to say what it was,” said Sambrook. “If we succeeded in ending child detention then we could end family detention.

“Two-thousand children a year (were being held) at the height of this.”

iraqi_refugee_children_damascus_syria(Child Refugees: Image Courtesy of Creative Commons)

Sambrook and her colleagues recruited help from celebrities such as Islington MP Jeremy Corbyn, Colin Firth and Nick Clegg while running their 18-month campaign.

Consequentially, the Liberal Democrats took forward a policy with aims of “ending the detention of children for immigration purposes” in their coalition of 2010.

Tashko Mihaylov, a 21-year-old student present at the speech said: “I think it’s amazing that someone would take such a long time to do something like that.”

“She has a family and she has kids, so for someone to do something like that…it’s amazing.”

Child detention however, is still an occurence within the UK, and although Sambrook raised mass awareness to this, it unfortunately has not put a stop to it all together.

Avoid that gambling addiction

Staff in Islington betting shops this week explained how to beat addiction when it comes to gambling, also touching on how to avoid it completely.

“Come in with a budget, whether that be betting on a race or whatever. That way you don’t lose your cool,” said Paddy Power assistant Leslie in her early 40’s, who declined to give her surname.

Gambling can affect people’s personal lives, causing them to become agitated when the odds are against them, she said. “I tend not to speak to people if they are frustrated,” added Leslie, “it’s suicide.”

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An anonymous staff member at Ladbrokes over the road, who did not want to reveal her identity also talked about “self-bans” to prevent addiction.

“We do get customers who do that, our job is to send them the right way,” she said.

“Our duty of care is to ask them “maybe you should stop now?” give them any other options they would like to consider. Like any addiction, it’s difficult to admit.”

(Ladbrokes opposite)

Karl Philpot, 23, who works at BetFred, said his company also encourages people with addiction to exclude themselves.

“We also can provide help if they need it through gamble aware, basically a rehab for problem gamblers. So we give them a leaflet and if they choose to get help Gamble Aware deals with it externally,” he said.

“We also suggest self-exclusions if we think they have a problem. So like if they are spending/losing large amounts every day or if they’re getting angry/aggressive/upset about how much they’re spending.”

Whether people choose to offer the hand that is held out to them though is a different story, as Philpot says it “doesn’t happen very often”.


Arsenal fans around the Emirates Stadium on Sunday said they were fed up with manager Arsene Wenger, following a rough patch leaving them trailing 12 points behind league title hopefuls Chelsea.

After a 3-1 hammering from the top of the league blues, and a 2-1 home defeat to Watford, some fans put Wenger to blame.

Waitress KC Bowley, 19, said: “I don’t think it’s very likely,” relating to the Gunners turning their season around and snatching the title, also commenting on Wenger’s presence as “stale.”

“I think maybe shaking it up would be good.”


Jamie Dickens, a 22-year-old producer for TalkSPORT, agreed with Bowley’s comments about Wenger, saying that their title run is “over…it was over before it even began.”

“I’ve been Wenger out for a while. We’ve got the players, we’ve got the squad… he’s almost starting to realise he’s coming to the end of his tether.”

(Fans on Arsenal Fan TV express their disgust)

Arsenal haven’t managed a first-place finish since their 2003-2004 “invincibles” campaign, in which they were unbeaten the whole season.

Dickens however also implied that he’s grateful for what Wenger has done for Arsenal, saying he’s “done so much for this club, completely changed the English game.

“I would never change my mind about him being a legend at this club.”

Editor feeds hope to future journalists

A local newspaper editor told London Met journalism undergrads why he doesn’t believe print journalism is a dying art form last Friday.

Ramzy Alwakeel, a 28-year-old editor for both the Hackney and Islington Gazette spoke up when asked if newspapers will be outdated a couple of years down the line.

“The website has significantly more people viewing it but that doesn’t mean that the newspaper isn’t well read,” said Alwakeel, in turn mentioning that “the number of readers is different to the number of copies sold.”

ramzy(Ramzy Alwakeel, editor of the Hackney and Islington Gazettes)

Although Alwakeel believes that physical copies of newspapers will never become an extinct source of hard news, he talked about how some publications may have to rethink their business plans.

“I think that there is always going to be a market for things that are relitavely niche.”

However, not everyone shares the same views as Alwakeel. According to Journalism.org, newspaper sales in the US (2015) dropped by 7% weekly and by 4% on a Sunday, the biggest decline since 2010. This landslide is arguably due to a rise in digital circulation, which steadily inclined by 2% the same year.

Richard Tofel, president of ProPublica (an “independent, non-profit newsroom”) produced a chart comparing the average print circulation of newspapers in March 2013 against the individually paid print circulation of September 2015 in an article entitled “The sky is falling on print newspapers faster than you think”. Said chart shows that every single mentioned publication has fell victim to a substantial decline in circulation in this timescale.

In his article, Tofel poses the question “how long can it be before print advertising prices (and thus newspaper revenues) come under further severe pressure?”

Alwakeel’s final thoughts on the situation: “People will have to adjust to a business model where there are fewer copies sold.”

“There’s no point printing 50 thousand copies if you’re only selling 30 thousand, you’re just throwing money away.”

Doing it the right way on Holloway


(Holloway Road, London)

Holloway may not seem like the prettiest of places, but among the bookies, questionable chicken places, endless off licenses and thrift stores, there’s some super-sweet spots to have a blast…you could even have a whole day out there.

Grab a flat white at Vagabond N7:


(A bicycle outside Vagabond N7)

Located just two minutes away from Highbury and Islington station, Vagabond N7 is a café with an edge. Although its first location was built in 2011 just around the corner in Stroud Green, the coffee chain has been providing hot beverages to frosty customers on Holloway Road since 2013. Whether it’s a latte or a flat white you’re after, the friendly staff and reasonable prices will give you a rush for the rest of the day.

Tuck into some authentic London grub at Piebury Corner:


(Piebury Corner on Holloway Road)

So the name might be a terrible word play on the Gooner’s old stomping ground but one thing that doesn’t leave a sour taste in your mouth is the Corner’s famous pie and mash. Self-acclaimed as “London gourmet pies”, Piebury Corner dishes up mouthwatering delicacies (most of which named after ex Arsenal players) accompanied with a crazy selection of beverages from classic geezer beers to hipster craft ales.

Treat your sweet tooth at Cookies and Scream:


(Cookies and Scream)

Whether you fancy a post lunch dessert, have a craving to cheat on that new year diet or just plain greedy then Cookies and Scream is the place to be. Tucked away on the side of Holloway Road this cakery is a real hidden gem, plating up cookies, brownies, pies, donuts and shakes galore. They even incorporate for those pesky vegans…

Watch the Gooners at The Emirates:


(The Emirates Stadium; home of Arsenal)

As it cost around £390,000,000 to erect, you’d expect The Emirates Stadium to be made of gold…it’s obviously not, but the quality of football played there is second to none. The Gunners really know how to play the beautiful game, and whether you’re a fan or not you can enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the 60,432 park.

Enjoy a beer and a band at The Garage:


(The Garage)

Whether you’re a hardcore music fan or you just enjoy the odd pint then The Garage is the place to be. Located literally opposite Highbury and Islington station, The Garage offers a multitude of gigs and club nights to keep people coming back for more. Opening its doors to the public just under 25 years ago, the historic 750 cap venue has played host to a number of world famous gigs, hosting acts alike The Killers, Green Day and Oasis.

Although Holloway Road might not be as lively as Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus but it’s certainly putting its name on the map. It may seem a bit dull and gloomy at first however this list of locations proves that you should explore the less known places of London and make the most of what they have to offer.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

As the festive period has come to a close, too has the annual festival held in London’s Hyde Park known as Winter Wonderland.

(Winter Wonderland)

Celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2016, the attraction opened its gates on Friday the 18th of November and entertained both London residents as well as visiting tourists from across the globe until the 2nd of January.

On their website, the event’s organizers say that “Winter Wonderland offers a dazzling array of activities and entertainment,” for its customers including “the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, an arctic adventure in the Magical Ice Kingdom, jaw-dropping circus shows, world-class ice dancing in The Nutcracker on Ice and stunning views across London in the Giant Observation Wheel.” The park also features the world’s biggest portable roller coaster for thrill seekers.

Entry is free to the public and while the festival is operational punters are able to explore and take advantage of the park completely free of charge, whether that be visiting one of the many attractions, sampling one of the many bratwurst/glühwein stalls or simply just going for a mooch.

The event has built a flawless reputation after its first century being described by the Metro as “The annual festive extravaganza,” and The Mail on Sunday said “if it’s fun you’re after, where better to head for than London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.” There is no doubt that it will be making a return as the winter and festive period does this year.


City farm teaches teens

A farm based in the centre of Islington is providing learning opportunities for children, said a worker last month.

Gaining its name after their animals used to be kept in the back of old wagons, Freightliner’s City Farm is located on just off one of the borough’s main driveway’s; Holloway Road and has been giving children from the age of 11 a chance to volunteer on the farm, educating themselves while doing so.


Liz McAllister, a 38-year-old manager at the farm said that “(the farm) was set up by people in the community who wanted to keep animals” in 1973 by London King’s Cross before they relocated to Sheringham Road five years later.

McAllister also went on to say “We do lots of school groups…we (provide) the training for them and it goes through a school accreditation board,” such as ASDAN and the Open College Network. As well as this McAllister mentioned programmes which accommodate those with mental health issues and learning disabilities saying “we do work placements for children who might need a bit more help than others.”


Peter Hall, a 52-year-old duty and café manager at the farm also spoke about the volunteering service at the farm. “For older children, especially part of the volunteer programme, we teach them about keeping animals and why we keep animals,” said Hall while telling visitors about the types of animals they keep on the land including a mix of rare and domestic breeds.

McAllister also went on to say that the farm is trying “to give people, especially children and young people a chance,” something crucial to their future, keeping them on the right track.


Jams on Holloway Road leave a sweet taste in shopkeeper’s mouths

A Holloway Road shopkeeper said today how against all odds, ongoing roadworks outside his business hasn’t caused a decline in his sales.

(The bridge replacement service on Holloway Road began August 2014)

Local business owner Sansul Islam, 34, said: “I’m getting the builders in (from the roadworks) but not my regulars because most of the people have cars,” before continuing with “they find it really hard to park and they can’t come in.” However although despite the fact that Islam’s regular customers weren’t able to access the shop he explained he hadn’t lost business.

“I don’t get the parkings, but I get builders and I get walk-ins.

“I don’t have any complaints because I have at least ten to fifteen customers from the roadworks.”

(Roadworks on Holloway Road)

Scott Baxter, a 49-year-old employee of Transport for London said the ongoing works will “squeeze the traffic down and (there will be) a little bit congestion,”said Baxter, adding “deliveries will be longer”.

Baxter, however explained what the benefits and improvements to the local area will be once the project described as “three months of misery” by the Islington Gazette is over. Things to look forward to include “brand new pedestrian crossings, extra bus stops for the local passengers and easier bus routes,” said Baxter, going on to say that the roadworks will massively benefit “businesses/local people for travelling times.”

Accordingly it will be “easier to get around”.

The TFL website states that the roads will be affected until mid January 2017.