On the way to an old synagogue in Stoke Newington, one which has been converted into a mosque. Tony spent a lot of time with his grandparents just round the corner from this building. His grandfather, Isaac Cross, was a runner for him.
“I was born into an orthodox family who came from eastern Europe and lived in the east end,” says Tony. “My bar mitzvah was held at the synagogue in Shaklewell Lane. It’s now a mosque. It’s great – I love the spiritual fusion in architecture of these two faiths.
“I’m obsessed with all religious texts – I want to be in sync with the world and to do that you need some understanding of what 70% of the world believes in.
“Being born Jewish, I access all other religions by way of Judaism. The mysticism of Kabbalah has helped me understand many of the other religions. Problems only occur with misinterpretations.”