Passion: Karl Minns

Karl Minns, writer, actor, resident of Primrose Hill these past eight years, is very well­ known in Norfolk. Indeed, Adnams the beer company thought him so much Norfolk­man that they made him the face of their famous beer on TV, radio and billboard adverts for two years. His website announces, “Hello, I’m Karl Minns. I’m a comedy writer, performer and full-­time bald man. I’m one … Continue reading Passion: Karl Minns

Primrose Hill Passions: Suzy Messenger

I was welcomed by Suzy Messenger to her hidden away home with its beautifully planted patio. Though I had lived on the neighbouring street for nearly 30 years, I didn’t know these five little disabled-friendly bungalows existed. For many years I lived in Kent and was CEO of a charity there: I developed services for unaccompanied refugee children and young carers, among others, so I … Continue reading Primrose Hill Passions: Suzy Messenger

Snookered

Jonathan Gale let me in through the street door in Fitzroy Road into his family’s beautiful new home in what was Butcher’s Yard Plasterworks. Set round a courtyard with a Buddha statue, it feels remarkably quiet and private. We sat in a room that had been an open-sided store, with huge timber beams that he told me were probably from a ship two hundred years … Continue reading Snookered

Primrose Hill Passions with Rosemary Emanuel

Rosemary looks like an unlikely mathematician, and her Regent’s Park Road house is appealingly piled with high chairs and toys for the grandchildren, but in her study at the top of the house there are shelves of textbooks with her name on the spine. I wrote the Maths A-level textbooks 15 years ago now, when Longman asked me to do them for A-level students. They … Continue reading Primrose Hill Passions with Rosemary Emanuel

Primrose Hill Passions with Dennis Picknett

Trust your Intuition I always find lots to discuss with Dennis Picknett while he works on my back: builders (he was a carpenter in this area for years before osteopathy training 15 years ago), parenting (he has two kids) woodland (he was a long time Forest School Camps leader), but I never realised until recently that he is passionate about consciousness research. “Yes my interest … Continue reading Primrose Hill Passions with Dennis Picknett

Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt was born and raised in Primrose Hill. “Back then, Primrose Hill was quite a rough area and housing was cheap. The high street was occupied by bookies, fish n’ chip shops and newsagents. Lemonia was a pub with blacked-out windows. There were regular fights at The Pembroke, and at one point The Landsdowne was a brothel.” Andrew recalls. “Since then, the area’s changed … Continue reading Andrew Hunt

Primrose Hill Passion: Sue Bryne

Primrose Hill resident Sue Byrne is a passionate advocate for Buddhist traditions in Mongolia. Ringing on the bell of a conventional house in Gloucester Avenue you wouldn’t expect to find a flat full of vibrant Mongolian and Tibetan paintings and embroideries, but long time Primrose Hill resident Sue Byrne is a passionate advocate for Buddhist traditions in Mongolia. ‘When I was a child I used … Continue reading Primrose Hill Passion: Sue Bryne