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Fiona’s fantastic life

7:38 am, Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Queen of Fitzrovia for 48 years driven out by rent hike Imagine Tottenham Street, Fitzrovia in 1964. Shortly after moving in with her boyfriend at number 28, 20-year-old Fiona Green looks out of her window to see the Beatles filming their new picture “A Hard Day’s [...]

Obituary: Enrico Fumagalli

8:38 am, Thursday, 29 December 2011

By Fiona Green The friendly face of Enrico (Rico) Fumagalli will no longer be seen in his favourite Fitzrovian haunts because he died at his home on the night of 24 and 25 October 2011. He was 65. He had been suffering from multiple tumours but he bravely kept going to his [...]

Autumn darkness

8:41 am, Monday, 7 November 2011

By Wilson Weaver Rain drips off the leaves in the Holcroft Court gardens. I can smell broccoli on the boil downstairs, hear a television blaring upstairs, and almost spy the mould on the window panes. The autumn darkness illuminates the BT tower amidst fireworks in the [...]

Joseph: Man of the street

9:40 am, Tuesday, 5 July 2011

By Fiona Green  Tall and kindly, unassuming, vulnerable talented and loquacious. Joseph is like the pied piper of Tottenham Street. Every Thursday he meets with me and a band of interested guests we have gathered together, and start work at the Soup Kitchen of the American [...]

The O of Fitzrovia 6: Dodgems

7:39 am, Monday, 4 July 2011

By Jennifer Kavanagh One of the pleasant challenges of walking around the busier parts of Fitzrovia is managing our encounters with strangers. Have you noticed the subtle interweaving as we walk down the street? Meeting or not meeting others’ eyes. Gently moving to right [...]

Rebel with a cause

7:43 am, Monday, 27 June 2011

By Brian Jarman If you’re running a theatre and need government funding, putting on a play in which the Prime Minister does a striptease is perhaps not the most sensible strategy. But then Philip Hedley never was one to take the easy way out. He became Artistic Director [...]

The doors of Sohemia

7:31 am, Sunday, 6 March 2011

If you are in the vicinity of Rathbone Place in the early evening, you will occasionally see a bunch of disparate types, myself included, disappear into the upstairs room of The Wheatsheaf pub to attend a talk at The Sohemian Society - but be advised, Sohemia is more than a club, it is a state of mind. [...]