Author Archives: William Perrin

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust and Tinder Foundation.

On the Panayi property trail….

Local people will be familiar with the exploits of convicted landlord Andrew Panayi on the Cally Road.  But what is the extent of his property empire on the Cally?  We can shine a light on a small part of it … Continue reading

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Seven to a room in Kings Cross

The Kings Cross rental market never ceases to amaze.  Here’s the latest on spareroom.co.uk – 13 people in three rooms, one a dorm room of seven (also on Gumtree). Not quite sure where it is – but the map pin suggests … Continue reading

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Happy Xmas

Thanks to the lovely people in the Facebook Group Camden a Pictoral History for the pic. 

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Pentonville facilities not ‘safe, decent and legal’

Correspondence released under FOI between the Prison Minister and the Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Pentonville reveals  a weird sense of complacency and blunders by the Ministry of Justice. Ministers were aware of the window problems at … Continue reading

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Pentonville suicide in part due to repeated failures by prison, inquest hears – corporate manslaughter?

An horrific tale of repeated mistakes was revealed at last weeks inquest into a January 2016 suicide at HMP Pentonville.  Basic procedures established following a previous suicide weren’t followed and another person died.  The details are below in a press … Continue reading

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Flatiron Steak replacing TED on Cally Road?

A licence transfer notice for 47-51 Caledonian Road suggests that the relatively shortlived TED restaurant is to be replaced by a steak joint, Flatiron.  If this is right, as Kings Cross is short of steak places this is welcome.  Reviews … Continue reading

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Two escape from Pentonville on Sunday night by cutting through bars

The latest sad twist in the HMP Pentonville saga is two prisoners escaping on Sunday night.  At present I am going on partial reports being tweeted by Simon Israel and BBC reporter Danny Shaw that the prisoners cut their way … Continue reading

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Dead Parrot sketch filmed in Cally Pets

There’s a lot of classic film locations around Kings Cross, but it was news to me that the famous Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch was filmed in Cally Pets at 345 Caledonian Road.  The first version of the sketch was … Continue reading

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