WHOS WHO: humanitarian campaigner Jessie Doyle
Jessie Doyle is an at-home mother and humanitarian currently training for a sponsored sky-dive in aid of Amnesty International. She lives in Primrose Hill. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE AREA? The mix of cultures and the musical diversity. Growing u
Jessie Doyle is an at-home mother and humanitarian currently training for a sponsored sky-dive in aid of Amnesty International. She lives in Primrose Hill.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE AREA?
The mix of cultures and the musical diversity. Growing up here, that was what I was mostly into. When I was really young you'd go through Camden and people would have the most enormous multi-coloured Mohicans. It was really punk. As I got older, rare groove and funk music became a really Camden sound for me. I was a bit into my drum and bass at the time.
WHAT IS THE WORST THING?
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For me, the homelessness. Whenever I see it, I just cry. In the daytime they let out all the people who have stayed overnight at Arlington House and they just wander the streets. There's a better-dressed style of tramp in Hampstead!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL BUILDING?
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I'm absolutely loving the four blocks currently getting done up along Fellows Road. I think they're old Sixties blocks and they're just fabulous inside. They're really high up so you get an amazing view of London. For council blocks, they're just amazing.
WHICH ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SHOPS?
Waitrose is probably my favourite -for the quality of the fresh fish.
do you have a FAVOURITE LOCAL RESTAURANT?
On Swain's Lane there's a whole row of great Heath-side cafes.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL PUB?
The Torriano has a brilliant spirit. Dean, the landlord there, is really community-minded. They're trying to create a space for the community and for promoting charity events. And it has free buffets at the weekends and barbecues! It was my first choice for somewhere to hold an event.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE AREA AT WEEKENDS?
I've got a child, so it's children's things. In Kentish Town there's a baby gymnasium. Bouncy floors, a trampoline; you just wear your kid out and they have a really good sleep afterwards. It also has something called 'Treetop' which is a bouncy enclosure for the kids. Quite often we take the kids to the zoo. It's great for kids, you can let them run free, and there's no danger. Apart from the lions...
IF YOU WERE MAYOR FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Oh my God! I think I'd probably promote healthy eating. When you've got a kid you really notice the effects of bad food. My kid gets scrambled if he has a bit of sugar. And I would make everyone drive eco-friendly cars.
WHERE WAS YOUR LAST HOLIDAY?
The Isle of Wight. My kid's dad plays at the festival there in September, called Bestival and is set in a kid's adventure park, so it's brilliant.
IF YOU HAD A MILLION POUNDS TO SPEND IN A DAY WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I guess I'd go and help the homeless in China, Beijing. I think I'd have to sort out that subject. It's so close to my heart right now. I've had a lifetime of being out for myself. I think I'm having a change of heart now. It's not about being noble or anything -it freaks me out to see people suffering. I don't have a political intelligence but I have an emotional response whenever I see this stuff. I'm going to make a stand.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE CAMDEN-BASED ANECDOTE?
Three friends who are rappers lost each other in Camden tube so Skinny got on the tannoy and started calling for the others. When the tube attendant tried to get the microphone off him he said, "What, you want to battle me for the mic?" and started rapping in a rap battle fashion, to be heard throughout the whole station. That story always makes me giggle.