When she was growing up, film-maker Gurinder Chadha was captivated by a photograph which took pride of place on the mantelpiece in her family’s front room in Southall, west London. For years she assumed the dashing man in a jewel-bedecked turban must be a relative; only later did she understand his true significance. “He was Maharaja Sir Duleep Singh, the last king of the Sikhs,” she says. “He ruled Punjab, my ancestral home – vast, powerful territories stretching from Afghanistan to China.” That is, until Duleep Singh was deposed by the British Raj, exiled to Britain as a teenager and forced to give the Koh-i-Noor diamond, the most dazzling of his dynasty’s treasures , to Queen Victoria. For Chadha’s family, that photograph was symbolic not just of past glories from the land of their forefathers, but of the deeply complex shared history between two nations – Britain and India - that had brought them as immigrants to this country. “As soon as you mention the word ‘Empire’, people … [Read more...] about Gurinder Chadha: ‘People get defensive about the British Empire but it’s our shared history’
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Published 29 September 2015 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Four high-profile UK jihadists fighting or recruiting for Islamic State militants in Syria are to be subjected to UN sanctions, at the UK's request. The UN's updated sanctions list named the four as Omar Hussain from High Wycombe, Nasser Muthana from Cardiff, Aqsa Mahmood from Glasgow and Sally-Anne Jones from Chatham in Kent. They will face a travel ban and a freeze of their assets. The move is a new tactic to stem the flow of recruits to the IS group. At least 700 Britons have travelled to support or fight for jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, according to British police. About half have since returned to the UK. 'Grandstanding' It is the first time since 2006 that Britain has submitted names to the UN sanctions regime, which was set up to tackle suspected al-Qaeda terrorism and extended to IS. … [Read more...] about Four British jihadists face UN sanctions
In a television career decades-long, this is the only moment which has broken Dame Esther Rantzen. It prompted her to cry so hard, she had to step away. Recording had to be paused. That moment came in 1988, when she was presenting That’s Life to an audience of up to 18 million, during that unforgettable episode in which the story of Sir Nicholas Winton was told for the very first time. The humanitarian, who afterwards came to be known as the British Schindler, had rescued 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia before the outbreak of WW2, but in the intervening decades had barely told a soul. It was the moment it was revealed he was unknowingly sitting next to three of those 669, none of which he had met before. And in which they learnt for the first time who was responsible for saving their lives - and got to say thank-you. It is television gold now to be recreated in a new BBC biopic about Sir Nicholas, in which he will be played by Sir Anthony Hopkins. “It was … [Read more...] about Esther Rantzen cried so hard when British hero was introduced to kids he saved from Nazis
Abba Voyage: Trailer released for revolutionary concert This article contains affiliate links, we may receive a commission on any sales we generate from it. Learn more SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The highly-anticipated ABBA Voyage gigs kicked off in London last night with the premiere of the virtual concert featuring the ABBA-tars. During the shows, the Swedish quartet appear on a 65 million pixel screen to perform a pre-recorded live gig that will defy expectation, according to some critics. ABBA Voyage Tickets Buy now See one of the world's most iconic pop groups perform with the new ABBA Voyage Tour. This box contains affiliate links, we may receive a commission on any sales we generate from it. … [Read more...] about ABBA Voyage reviews praise ‘weird’ avatar show – ‘Jaw-dropping’
Eating normally for five days a week and taking in just 500 calories (600 for a man) for the other two sounds like the perfect diet. But a number of health experts say it’s just a fad. The 5:2 diet is a form of intermittent fasting and claims to promote weight loss and other health benefits, including giving your digestive system a break and reducing the growth hormone that leads to ageing. However, former professional athlete Richard Phillipps, founder of Embody Fitness (www.embodyfitness.co.uk), says 5:2 is just another excuse for poor nutritional habits. ‘Although there’s some evidence to show that 5:2 can help you to lose weight in the short term,’ he says, ‘a diet such as this isn’t sustainable in the long term and might have serious health implications further down the line.’ ‘More importantly, though, is not considering the long-term health implications of consistently eating the wrong foods on your normal days,’ he adds. ‘Being allowed to regularly consume … [Read more...] about Fast or feast: Is the 5:2 diet all it’s cracked up to be?
A plumber brutally stabbed a delivery driver to death in a random act of road rage before fleeing to Europe for 17 months, a court has heard. Nathan Smith, 28, was wanted in connection with the killing of Algerian Deliveroo and Uber Eats worker Takieddine ‘Taki’ Boudhane in Finsbury Park, north London , in January 2020. After running from justice and spending time in Austria, Switzerland and Portugal, Smith was finally arrested in Lisbon in June 2021 and brought back to the UK. The Old Bailey heard the 30-year-old Algerian national and the driver of a white van were not known to each other, but had come into conflict on the road. Julian Evans, QC, prosecuting, said: ‘From the CCTV footage, it would appear that Takieddine and Smith exchanged words [and] from the events that followed, the encounter was not a friendly one.’ Both their vehicles stopped in traffic, with Smith ‘aggressively’ climbing from his van armed with a knife and approaching Takieddine ‘at speed’. … [Read more...] about Plumber ‘stabbed Deliveroo driver to death before fleeing to Europe’
British diving star Tom Daley may not have competed at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games , but he did carry the Queen's baton during the opening ceremony. Despite deciding not to compete, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist has not retired – announcing before Birmingham that he was taking a year out from the sport to rest and spent time with family. The 28-year-old carried the baton in support of LGBT+ rights during the opening ceremony last month, entering the stadium surrounded by flagbearers representing some of the 35 Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is still a crime. Olympic champion Daley has spoken out against the anti-LGBTQ+ laws of many of the 56 Commonwealth member states. This is the subject of BBC One show Tom Daley: Illegal to Be Me, which will be broadcast tonight at 9pm. In it, Daley visits some of the most homophobic Commonwealth countries – where punishments for being gay including whipping, life imprisonment and even death – and speaks … [Read more...] about What is Tom Daley’s net worth – and how much does he earn per gold medal?
It’s the summer holidays which means plenty of British families are boarding flights for a week in the sun. As usual, Greece and its many stunning islands like Mykonos, Crete, Corfu and Rhodes are some of the top choices for bargain hunters. You can secure holidays to Corfu in the North West from just £146 per person on LoveHolidays! READ MORE: Greece hotel has magical overwater bungalows that cost much less than the Maldives But, after years of travel restrictions following the Covid-19 pandemic people are understandably nervous about flying. So what are the rules when travelling from the UK to Greece and all of its islands? Covid rules All of the Greek islands have the same entry rules as the Greek mainland when it comes to vaccinations and PCR-tests. Whether you’re fully vaccinated or not, you don’t currently need to show any proof of a Covid vaccination, negative test or certificate of recovery. Children and young people also do not need to have a negative … [Read more...] about Latest Greece travel rules from UK from passport validity to Covid entry requirements
Polio ‘could spread and mutate’ says Angus Dalgleish SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thanks to a successful and effective vaccination programme, polio became largely extinct in the UK in the late 20th Century. However, the virus was detected for the first time again in June of this year in North London . In response, the UKHSA (United Kingdom Health Security Agency) declared a national incident and began an investigation to identify how the outbreak had started and ways to curb local transmission. Fast-forward to August, and action is now being taken to stop the spread in children to prevent the first outbreak of the virus in 50 years. Related articles How to live longer: Golden drink lowering cholesterol and … [Read more...] about Polio: UK outbreak needs to be stopped in its tracks – vaccine uptake is ‘important’
Young children to receive polio vaccinations (Image: Getty) SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Now it is planning to give booster jabs to children in Greater London regardless of where they are on their regular vaccination schedule. The NHS has warned doctors to look out for paralysis symptoms in patients. Related articles Girl battling rare cancer after doctors thought she had constipation Long Covid: A third of people at risk of mental health issues No cases have been confirmed in a patient yet, but the amount of virus samples picked up in sewage suggests it has been passing from person to person. The booster rollout is expected to be announced tomorrow. A public health source said: "They are trying to nip this … [Read more...] about Children under 10 set to be offered polio booster vaccine after bug found in sewage