Gurinder Chadha, the maker of ‘Viceroy’s House’ – At Home

Financial Times

Gurinder Chadha, whose film Viceroy’s House has just been released, is outside her mews house in London’s Primrose Hill looking at two small lions tucked behind a flower pot. They are props from her most successful film Bend It like Beckham and they’re in the wrong place. “They shouldn’t be there,” says Chadha. With great care, she picks them up and places them either side of the front door. Then she smiles and says: “Now, they are protecting the house”. It took her a year to find this house. “From the moment I walked through the front door I said, ‘I am buying this house.’” She saw it on Monday and by Friday she had bought it.

The house is “upside down”, says Chadha, with bedrooms on the ground floor and the sitting/dining room on the first. Originally two coach houses, a Japanese architect converted the property into a single home in the 1980s, based on feng shui principles. “That’s why I feel it’s always so warm when you walk in here.”

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Can the Euros decide how the Brits vote in the referendum?

Inside World Football

On the face of it this is an absurd question. How can what happens to England, Wales and Northern Ireland make any difference to how they vote in the EU referendum?

The first is a football tournament that at the end of the day only affects one continent, albeit the most important one in footballing terms – it controls the game economically, the best players in the world play on the continent and, after Germany’s victory in Brazil, south America can no longer claim that at least on the field of play it is superior. Nevertheless kicking a ball, or worrying about Ronaldo’s moods, has surely nothing to do with how we decide what is described as a decision that will affect not merely us but our children and their children.

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Silver: The Spy Who Fooled The Nazis

‘This fascinating tale…’ The Independent

‘…Mihir Bose’s beautifully written book.’ The Jewish Chronicle

Mihir Bose’s new book is about the only quintuple spy of the Second World War who spied for the Italians, Germans, Japanese, Soviets and the British. Silver was one of many codenames for a man whose real name was Bhagat Ram Talwar, a Hindu Pathan from theNorth West Frontier province of then British India. The Germans awarded him the Iron Cross, Germany’s highest military decoration, and paid him £2.5 million in today’s money.  

Full of wonderful tales of Silver’s deceptions including the twelve trips from Peshawar to Kabul to supply false information to the Germans, always making the near-200-mile journey on foot over mountain passes and hostile tribal territory.  And when an Afghan nearly rumbled him, he invited him to a curry meal in which he had mixed deadly tiger’s whiskers killing the Afghan. 


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