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16 March, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Above: The FoodCycle 1000th meal is prepared; below: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with the volunteers

A “NUTRITIOUS and tasty” meal will be awaiting those who take part in a supper club tomorrow (Saturday March 17), which will raise funds for feeding hungry people in the borough. Chef Asma Khan, founder of Indian restaurant Darjeeling Express in Soho, will join volunteers from FoodCycle Finsbury Park to prepare the meal for guests made up from over 100kg of surplus food and collected from local supermarkets. Diners will also be treated to a musical performance by local artist, Our Man in the Field.

Profits will go to FoodCycle Finsbury Park, which serves weekly three-course meals using surplus food.
Chris Sim, FoodCycle Finsbury Park project leader, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this meal with the help of the amazing Asma Khan. We hope to raise awareness about the problem of food waste and how perfectly edible ingredients are being needlessly thrown away. We would also like to highlight that food poverty and social isolation are growing problems in the UK, and through this supper club we’re hoping to raise money to help FoodCycle tackle these issues.”

FoodCyle run 36 similar projects throughout the country with 11 based in London. To find out more about the event at the supper club at the Andover Estate Community Centre go to the events page before tickets sell out. For details visit


On two legs good – Orwell walk a hit with literary fans

By George! Deputy mayor Cllr David Poyser taking visitors on the Orwell walk

A FAMOUS American rapper and a distinguished English professor are just two of the varied guests who have enjoyed walks hosted by two members of Islington Council. Housing chief Councillor Diarmaid Ward and deputy mayor Councillor David Poyser have hosted numerous George Orwell walks – rated one of the top walks for the author on travel website TripAdvisor.

Cllr Poyser, a former TV producer, says he “loves, loves Orwell” as he was also a hack. “There’s a huge Islington link between Orwell and Islington. He lived in Canonbury Square and his son Richard Blair unveiled a plaque there a few years ago,” he added.

The latest review on TripAdvisor for the walk rates Cllr Poyser as an “AMAZING tour guide” who “answered all of our questions and even told us lots of stories not just about Orwell but about London in general”.

Rapper MC Chris, who labels himself a nerdcore rapper hailing from Illinois in the States, said he enjoyed the Orwell tour, according to Cllr Poyser.

The walk takes guests around landmarks in Westminster that influenced the writer or were significant to him.
“They come from all over the world to go on the walk,” said Cllr Poyser. “Somebody booked from China, a Canadian judge came, and people who like freedom of speech have come on the tour.”

• To find out more about the next tour, scheduled for the Easter holiday, go to:


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