Magenta Lives Among Us – Pat Quinn on The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The demented domestic Magenta from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the cult musical to end all cult musicals, lives in a quiet street overlooking Primrose Hill. There is nothing quiet about Magenta’s progenitor, the exuberant Patricia Quinn, one of the stars of the sexually liberating 70s rock musical and its 1975 film adaptation, which is still drawing audiences around the world. There was no mistaking … Continue reading Magenta Lives Among Us – Pat Quinn on The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Jon Snow: Colour is My Brand

Local broadcaster Jon Snow has a thing about ties. He’s known for the colourful, patterned ties he wears on air. Each morning he selects his tie depending on his mood, although being conscious that it shouldn’t ‘distract from the news’. Now the Design Museum is holding an exhibition behind the design and creation of the ties, Jon Snow: Colour is My Brand. The majority of the … Continue reading Jon Snow: Colour is My Brand

Pauline Baines at 100 Years

Local Primrose Hill resident Pauline Baines recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Born in Brighton on 9 October 1917, Pauline came to North London at the age of five with her parents, going first to a small school in Hampstead, then to Brondesbury and Kilburn School for Girls when the family moved to Willesden Green. Pauline wanted to go to university to study languages, but with … Continue reading Pauline Baines at 100 Years

Memories of St Paul’s Caretaker

Ron Holding tells us about his memories of St Paul’s CE Primary School, Primrose Hill… I’m still wondering how many times I have opened gates, changed loo rolls; how many teachers, how many kids; I’ll work it out later. My father-in-law was a school-keeper in Pimlico. He suggested I try for a job in a school. I had changed from being a chef to trying my … Continue reading Memories of St Paul’s Caretaker

Aristocrats of Jazz – Emily Dankworth

The other day I heard (we moles have phenomenal hearing) a jazz version of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ that did my heart good. The woman who was singing put me in mind of that night when Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine came up the hill and she sang to him. That was special. And this woman sounded just like her. The voice that The … Continue reading Aristocrats of Jazz – Emily Dankworth

Arthur Rackham, the Primrose Hill illustrator

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the well-known illustrator Arthur Rackham was born in London. Throughout his life he illustrated more than 65 books, including Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Dickens. Many of his most celebrated illustrations were done at a time when Rackham lived in Primrose Hill Studios off Fitzroy Road. Primrose Hill Studios were built in 1877-82 as artists’ studio … Continue reading Arthur Rackham, the Primrose Hill illustrator

Humus and HS2 with MP Sir Keir Starmer

Our local MP Sir Keir Starmer talked to Micael Johnstone just before the general election about food, politics and some of the hot topics impacting on Primrose Hill. Keir Starmer looked surprisingly fresh-faced and relaxed as he arrived for our interview, closely followed by various aides and Labour Party campaigners scurrying to escape a brief summer shower. It had been a pretty hectic few weeks … Continue reading Humus and HS2 with MP Sir Keir Starmer