Tucked away in a Victorian church, 200 metres from the runway of a busy international airport, first-time visitors to the Brick Lane Music Hall would be forgiven for thinking they’ve come to the wrong place.
A century ago this month – while the nation reeled from the indecisive Battle of Jutland, the death of Lord Kitchener and the Somme offensive – a solemn ceremony marked the erection of a very special war memorial.
Spies fighting the Nazis in occupied France, pilots defending the homeland against invading bombers, seamen transporting essential supplies across the globe – these are just three roles performed by the sons and daughters of South Asia during the First and Second World Wars.
As a child, Linda Stock was taken by relatives to a strange church to watch a bell-ringing ceremony that baffled her throughout her life – until she eventually learned the truth and unveiled a deep family secret.
Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.