Joshua Bloom was born on the 21st September 1984 in Hackney, North East London, to a Filippino mother and Jewish father of Russian-Romanian descent. He grew up in a culturally diverse part of London, sandwiched between Hackney’s infamous ‘Murder Mile’ and Stamford Hill, which is the centre of a 20,000+ strong ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, the largest in Europe. A great deal of his childhood was spent observing local flora and fauna in the surrounding parks and Hackney Marshes nature reserve. . .