Joseph Markovitch is an original East Ender. He is nearly 87 and has lived in Hoxton for his entire life. He left only once, to go to the seaside with his mother. Joe loves Nicolas Cage films, has five sugars in his tea, and he has quite bad catarrh.
“I was born right by Old Street roundabour on January 1st, 1927. Some kids used to beat me up – but in a friendly way. Hoxton was full of characters in those days. The Mayor was called Mr Brooks and he was also a chimney sweep. Guess what happened? Before the coronation, he was putting up decorations and he fell off a ladder and got killed. Well it happens.”