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Queen Returns to Royal Duties After Death of Prince Philip
"The British queen has returned to royal duties four days off of the death of her husband prince Philip the royal family is observing two weeks of mourning for Philip who died Friday at the age of ninety nine the palace says members of the royal family will undertaking gauge what's appropriate to the circumstances during the mourning period now the queen has attended a ceremony at Windsor Castle flute chamberlain will appeal who's retired as of the royal households most senior official here the soul arrangements for the funeral of prince Philip which will take place on Saturday wins the consul with attendance limited to thirty because of coronavirus restrictions Charles thing of this month London
Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song Are 'Overjoyed' by Birth of Son Dakota
"You see macaulay. Culkin had had his first kid with brenda song. I had no idea that he he and brinda song. Where a couple we'll either. I was surprised and shocked. And i was like okay brenda. She's got a thing for the other guy. She dated was miley cyrus brother. Who was in the band intro station. And he that is a weird looking scrawny white dude. I think that is the same guy that she was dating. But macaulay culkin. I mean if that doesn't make you feel old. I don't know what does he got it. He got well he is old though. He's he should already been having kids. How old is he. He's probably in his mid thirties late thirties. But i don't know you just picture kevin on the cover of home alone calculus forty forty Hooked up with london tipton. hope everybody just kind of lexus. He said he's forty and alexis. Because just wrap it up. Let's live for your forty two forty year old man. She's thirty three. He brinda songs thirty-three. He's forty you date a guy who was forty or thirty now. He's macaulay culkin colleague. Kalkin though
Prince Harry Flies to London Ahead of Prince Philip’s Funeral
"Prince. Harry has reportedly arrived in the uk to attend his grandfather's funeral unfortunately his pregnant wife. Megan markle was not cleared to travel. Because she's near her due date of this will be harry's first time back case and he and meghan step down as senior royals in march of last year. And they're bombshell interview with oprah prince philip's funeral will be this saturday now as for the queen. Sources say she's been doing amazing since the death of her husband they together for seventy three years
'Shameless' Ends With Loss and Questions
"Right. You guys after eleven seasons shameless sadly came to an end last night with some controversy. So right now. This is your spoiler alert. I'm gonna give you point two seconds put on new if you need to. Because i don't want anybody to get upset with me but Here's here's what's making everybody sad about this why macy's character died of covid and as he passes away. He imagined himself rising above the rooftops as he narrates a letter giving advice to his family. No emmy rossum did not return the series finale. Even though a lot of fans were really hoping that she would what series finales pissed you off gracefully. First of all i've met. I never got a chance to be on a man. Nancy thought that was my good friend. Shoes executive producer of salisbury. Like she's like we. Don't bring you on kim. Yeah okay over all the time too. Yeah for sure. We're definitely going to get. But he died and he died of covert which you can be fans could be upset but at the same time. I think they're trying to show you know what's going on these days. People are dying
Prince Harry Arrives in London for Prince Philip's Funeral
"Prince harry has returned to london. without megan. by his buckingham palace confirmed heru will be attending prince funeral this weekend but megan who is pregnant with baby number two was advised by dr not to travel sue. Have to ask Do you think she could have gone on. She really wanted to Of course the duchess of tasty yes duchess actress and fantastic show. Of course she could have gone if she wanted to but she's pregnant and when you're writing it it's not fun all the time. It may not like down the street you have to get on the airplane. The travel and all of that. I know no. She didn't want to go now. Let's not also remember when she lands. It's gonna be extra paparazzi omega stress on the baby stress on our people asking questions and then the family oldest she is she up. 'cause your stress to seven to look at them is exactly. It's too
'Nomadland' Wins 4 BAFTAs Including Best Picture, Director
"Thebes Big winner at this year's British Academy Film Awards held on Sunday night here in London as well as best film. It also won best director for Chloe Zhao on best actress for Frances McDormand. After voting system had been changed this year after complaints the awards were doing too little to encourage diversity. His our arts correspondent, Vincent Out E Think friends, part of an American tradition My dad used to say. It's remembered lives. It was no surprise. Nomad Land took the best film at the BAFTAs. Lots of people expected to do the same. The Oscars two weeks from now. It's a powerful investigation of the soul of America, with Frances McDormand, superb in the lead role, and her win as best actress was predictable. There was talk of best
Ricky Blair - How to Unlock Your Potential in Real Estate
"Rickie blair is the founder and director of platform seven los angeles and london based life and business coaching consultancy that helps unlocked potential in young entrepreneurs and sales professionals and reveals the kind of truth that are never taught in school from a young real estate entrepreneur himself and now to a life coach business mentor and success therapist. He gives young people the self belief skills and strategies. They need to succeed. Ricky welcome to the run gp podcast. Thank you very much david. Type that intro house. Great yet well. It's your bio it's impressive I was looking forward to this this show for a minute year. We were connected originally a by james harris right friend of the greater property group and soon to be. I don't know if you know this but soon to be two time guest alumni of the run g. pg podcast and he was like santa. Me gotta talk to ricky. Gotta have a meeting with rickey. And i'm really glad that he actually connected us because when we started talking about things we ended up having a lot in common but then also became evident. The ever really interesting story so much value. You can give to young entrepreneurs in young sales professionals particularly in real estate so again. Really looking forward to unpacking all of that and discuss it here. So first of all ricky Introduce things i can. Can you give us some background on your journey as a young real estate entrepreneur in london. Like where did it. All start for ricky blair. Okay stall kid back. You say it starts with me. Failing miserably at school I enjoyed school. I don't think i was I was stumping challenge by exams. I could. I knew the knowledge by annoy into an exam. Set saying so only had no choice ready to leave school at sixteen and basically i had this burning desire to prove the school system wrong and demonstrating. You could succeed even if you'd found the education system So i just have this ambition to get out there. Install welcome install any money
Wake Up And Dance With Claudia Colvin
"Today we're going to be checked into the kovin. She's the founder of. Nobody's watching an online don's party organization. They also not challenges. We're going be chatting about anxiety and how great dances so welcomes mentally ause nodia. Thanks so much for joining us. We appreciate you coming on. Thanks so we're gonna best about don. So can you tell us a bit about your business and also yourself yes. I'll start from my business. So it's nobody's watching. And the way operates now is quite different to how it started. Obviously like many. Johnson fitness instructors have had to adapt to a pandemic weld but originally it was just born from my love for dancing and the fact there as i was getting older i wasn't really finding the same occasions to dance as when i was of Uni student and i was really really missing it. So originally i was doing silent disco vents in london and they were aimed people who love to dance but deputy. He went to make a huge night outs of it so it was just one hour and really uplifting songs and just have fun basically instead of going to the gym for an hour. Doing your for now is just an hour a freestyle dancing and it's really uplifting greater Two walkout and then when When the pandemic hit. I had to think quickly and adopt. I was quite alien. Counseling my vents. Actually on the eleventh of march. I can't do my impasse in events moved online. And since then i've been doing online dance classes and effectively very similar to what i was doing before but just online and without retarded discreet headphones. At more recently. I started something which has really been very successful and has spread and grown a lot. Which is the up and dance challenge. And so that's just ten minutes three songs starting your day with adults on its release. Easy accessible There's no you know you can't do it wrong. It's through january of just finished effect today. Wake up and dance challenge and it's just a really big difference. Anyone who's having a tough time in lockdown. So that's that's what's that's what's happening with. Navies what she
UK: drinkers hit the pub after midnight as restrictions eased
"Some pubs in England welcome back customers in the early hours of Monday morning S. coronavirus restrictions were eased all three turn one light and Genentech USA have your first drink they come down in the town of Pixley heat outside London wasted no time in getting their drinks as they waited outside counting down the seconds to be allowed the first sips of a pub drink in nearly four months tough measures have been in place in England since early January to suppress the surgeon coronavirus infections that swept the country late last year but now nonessential shops are allowed it to reopen along with hassles gyms and outdoor service at pubs and restaurants Britain has had Europe's Willis corona virus outbreak with more than one hundred twenty seven thousand confirmed deaths Charles the live as well London
‘Nomadland’ Wins Big at BAFTA Awards – Complete List of Winners
"Held on Sunday night in London. As well as best film. It also won best director for Chloe Zhao and best actress for Frances McDormand. The BAFTA voting system had been changed this year after complaints that the awards were doing too little to encourage diversity. Here's our arts correspondent been sent out. E think friends part of an American tradition. My dad used to say what's remembered lives. It was no surprise. Nomad Land took the best film of the bastards. Lots of people expected to do the same at the Oscars. Two weeks from now. It's a powerful investigation of the soul of America, with Frances McDormand, superb in the lead role, and her win as best actress was predictable. There was talk of best actor going to the late Chadwick Boseman instead at 83, Sir Anthony Hopkins took it for the father. I don't know what she's cooking up against me, but she's cooking some of them. What's he talking about? That I'm not leaving my flash British Film Academy worked hard to broaden the electorate for this year's awards. That led to more diversity in the nominees. At least there was a lot of admiration for rocks. A realistic story of black British life. I think you should tell someone about young, long. You wouldn't understand. What's the problem? Talk to me. I don't get it. Don't worry for me. You're not. There's such a beautiful work. You have to leave. Get out get out was nothing contrary to what some expected rocks did not take outstanding British film. Its central character is played by Bucky Back Ray, who'd had no acting experience. Her reaction over zoom as she learned she had been chosen as best newcomer was the highlight of the evening. The winner. Off the E Rising Star award is Vicky Bakley. Ready Weeks is a black British director who took the outstanding debut award for his house. How quickly you forget everything we went through to get.
'Nomadland' Wins 4 BAFTAs Including Best Picture, Director
"On black history sites. The British Academy Film Awards were handed out tonight and the U. S movie. No Man's Land was a top winner as its director made history Fella. Marks has more from London. Filmmaker. Clearly child became into the second woman to win a BAFTA for best director as her movie Nomad Land to come. Four separate awards, including the best actress prize for Frances and dormant. A scaled back ceremony in London's Royal Albert Hall saw octogenarian Anthony Hopkins win best actor for his betrayal of a dementia sufferer in the father, while first time director Emerald Fidel's comedy promising young woman won best British film. Recipients appeared via video link with no live audience in attendance, and after past criticism that the BAFTAs failed to celebrate diversity in cinema gongs this year went to black British star Daniel Cholula on the Korean actress yard
Sons Says Philip's Death Has Left 'Huge Void' in Queen's Life
"The sons of prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh and the queen have said that the father's passing has been a tremendous change for the family and misty so for the queen as the nation continues to mourn the loss of one of its most senior Royals prince sentry told reporters that wins the of the great impacted you accept his heart and his mother described as is this having left a huge void in her life and she went on to express effects he felt Phillips death had on the United Kingdom think of the way I would put it is we've lost almost the grandfather of the nation Prince Edward the youngest of the queen and prince Philip's full children expressed his gratitude for all the kind messages they have received since her father's passing extraordinary tributes and the memories that everybody's hadn't been willing to shed has been signed fantastic Karen Thomas London
Preparations Underway for Prince Philip's Funeral
"As detailed plans for the funeral of Prince Philip emerge. A remembrance service at Canterbury Cathedral this morning gave the British public a chance to mourn his death and remember his life. Willem Marx. Reports from London. Choral music and Prayers were presided over by Britain's most senior clergyman, the archbishop of Canterbury Sunday morning, who described the Duke of Edinburgh remarkable willingness to take the hand. He was dealt in life and straightforwardly to follow its call. Philip Ceremonial funeral next weekend will be televised with his body carried in a procession from Windsor Castle to send George's chapel in a modified Land Rover vehicle. He himself designed alongside a military gun salutes in line with government covert restrictions to 30. Mourners will end to the chapel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he will not participate to alarm or the Duke's close family members to attend. For NPR news. I'm gonna marks in London.
As Britain mourns Prince Philip, palace announced private funeral for April 17
"Britain. Officials at Buckingham Palace say the funeral for Prince Philip will be held one week from today. Vicki Barker reports from London 41 Gun Death salute sounded out across the UK and at sea honoring the queen's husband of 73 years, hundreds of Mourners have continued to ignore please from the family to stay away, leaving flowers outside royal resin. Senses, including Windsor Castle, where Prince Phillip died. The palace has confirmed the funeral will take place at ST George's Chapel inside Windsor Castle. Next Saturday. It will be televised, but Covad restrictions mean there will be no public procession and attendance will be limited to 30, mostly close family grandson, Prince Harry among them
Prince Charles: Royal Family 'Deeply Grateful' for World's Support
"Britain's prince Charles has expressed his deep gratitude for the outpouring of support following the death of his father prince Philip as the nation mourned the loss of the much loved member of the royal family Buckingham Palace announced a royal ceremonial funeral will take place April seventeenth that wins the consul his son prince Charles said he was touched by the number of people around the world who have set the family's loss and sorrow was a was a very special person who I think above all else would've been amazed by the reaction the touching things have been said about the service will be slimmed down an entirely closed to the public Philip's grandson prince Harry will attend the service along with all the members of the royal family his wife the Duchess of Sussex who is pregnant has been advised by her doctor not to attend Karen Thomas London
Prince Philip and the queen's royal love story
"Celebrating prince queen elizabeth husbanded closest confidante dead at ninety nine now the life and legacy of prince philip from childhood marked by heartache to a promising naval career sacrificed for service to his queen. He has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years how. The of edinburgh revolutionized the monarchy and guided a grieving nation and just the crown battles a new series of crises. What the future now holds for the royal family marching forward without their prints. Good evening and thank you for joining us. I'm trevor all tonight. A wave of sadness washing over buckingham palace. Queen elizabeth and the entire united kingdom mourning the loss of prince philip. Now inside the duke's lifetime of allegiance as a husband a grandfather a pillar of strength behind the british monarchy ninety nine tolls at london's westminster abbey fritz phillips. Ninety nine years of life mourning the loss of queen. Elizabeth beloved husband of seventy three years. This is absolutely devastating for the queen. This is the love of her life. The man who was by has tied for decades fell in love with the queen and chose to take on a lawyer. No suddenly being her husband but also serving crown prince charles visited his mother this afternoon as the royal family plans for funeral. Eight days from now. Prince harry and meghan markle paying tribute from afar on their foundation's website. Prince william and his wife catherine also honoring the duke on instagram
Prince Philip's death marked with gun salutes across the U.K.
"Gun salutes across the UK and around the world are marking the death of Britain's Prince Philip. Today, Batteries of cannons in London and elsewhere fired 41 rounds at one minute intervals this morning to honor the husband of Queen Elizabeth. Military salutes have also happened in Australia and New
'Sincere condolences': Tributes paid to Prince Philip who has died aged 99
"Since the announcement of Prince Philip's death early this morning. CBS is Steve Futterman. The announcement was not a shock. It is with deep sorrow that her Majesty the Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, Prince Philip, had been in declining health reaction in London's really sad It's a whole family. Even the queen had been married for over 70 years, and on their golden anniversary, the queen paid tribute has quite simply being my strength and stay all these years. Amanda former set the agenda for how husbands can support his much more powerful wife when Philip was two months shy of his 1/100 birthday. Steve Futterman CBS News at the Derrick Sheldon
"london" Discussed on Spies of London
"Now you'll walk almost the end of half moon street certainly beyond halfway. You will walk past the hilton key on the right side the west side of the streets that you can see the flemings hotel clearly. There has often been a lot of building work going on here. It still As the boundary of shepherd market is still very highly sought after location. You'll see it's a fairly quiet straight even though you can see piccadilly running along the end at the south so it's being redeveloped but fleming's hotel has been here from very many years. It's nothing to do with. The inflaming is famous espionage circles. The hotel is very nice. We actually did the photo shoot in the bar of the hotel for the first set of spy walks that i did with airbnb. And it's a really nice bar. It's a basement bar and it's called monitors. These are all very interesting things because a basement bar has no windows. And therefore it was used by people like vera atkins to meet her spies. Her agents and debrief them before they perhaps went off for a long meeting in one of the flats and offices around shepherd market so menendez was attractive because it had no windows. But what i found when we're doing the photo shoot for the spy walks was it has no phone reception either so we had to keep going outside to get the photographers cell. So we can talk to him. And so i find interesting that there's a bar with no windows and no cell phone signal way you can meet. Spies right in the middle of london just off piccadilly fleming's hotel is also interesting because it was the home of bertie wooster and the christie house connections to the hotels. Well they believe it is the model for bertram hoteling agatha christie. Although other hotels claim that credit as well the likelihood is that i she did stay here when she was in london quite often that at least some elements of this hotel. The looking at today have made it into her stories as part of bertram although she is not a spy writer us such you do find a crossover between mystery stories on spying. A lot of spy. Novels are actually mystery novels. That happened to have some espionage content. If you believe anything on wikipedia you will know that. Bertram hotel is popularly believed to have been inspired by brown's hotel however the oxford dictionary of national biography. That suggests fleming's because agatha christie was known to stay at fleming's fleming's is one of my favorite hotels in this area. Because it's so little known it's kind of you have to be in a certain group of people to really know about it. They might disagree. It's been there for over one years. I think it's been on this site since it opened in eighteen fifty one. It certainly is old enough building and it looks like it could have been and they really play up. Their spike connections to bar is lovely. It's a really nice place to finish the walk. What we never did on the airbnb walk was actually going for drink because the cocktails are a little expensive but if you have to budget if your hair traveling to the uk on holiday it's definitely worth going in and getting a beer or cocktail in mineta's bar in the basement of fleming's before i had my world to walk also used to talk here about christina scar back. Because she was one of the agents vera atkins would have run and probably met in this hotel and the wonderful biography of christina by clan. Malay- is definitely worth a read. I will be reviewing that book. The spy who loved by clem molly in a future episode of spies of london. But i mention it because this whole war can indeed..
"london" Discussed on Spies of London
"Six have been tracking a foreign prince a middle eastern prince who perhaps might be slightly large around the mayfair and making sure he doesn't cause a diplomatic incident his john day to had been spent hanging around mount st while fatboy had himself measured for a pair of purdy shotguns. First precariously brandishing a try gun. That's a practice test gun around the premises then throwing a tantrum. When he discovered he would have to wait two years before they were ready. And then later on. They're watching fat again from van outside a shuttered. Whorehouse here in south audley street the whole houses of south audley street are not widely advertised. Not obvious on this walk. But the interesting thing to me is that john kerry when he worked for my five worked in the building that you'll be seeing h. On this wall like field housing kuzma street. So john's lunch times would have been spent himself hanging around south orchestrate incurs street and therefore many of the locations in his earlier books and his perhaps most famous books tend to be from mayfair. More later now. The reason i liked per is because yes. The guns are intricate and expensive and highly regarded both as weapons for country shooting and as works of art in terms of the fine metalwork on them in the the woodwork on them but they also do a nice range of clothes racks jackets and so on and this shop is just great fun to look around his really old fashioned and traditional and just everything that makes mayfair great is exemplified by visit to purchase gunshop however however we are not going down south audley street we have we have a date in mount street gardens so we are heading east along mount straight past all the shops in the fancy restaurants. And on the right you will see an estate agents and passage along the side of the estate agents. Which takes you into mount street gardens. Sometimes as georgia's gardens and when you walk through first of all let me say it's even more of a favourite with me than grosvenor square gardens because it smaller. It's more intimate. It's sort of l-shaped which means you get little heidi corners here but also because eight is famous for kgb activity and you will see straight away and since georgia's gardens. Their high number of benches wooden benches many of which new would not have been there during the cold war however many of them were there during the cold war. And i've got information. That and i quote the second bench on the rights was used as a kgb signaling system to communicate with spies now the wrestlemania benches now that it's difficult to understand the second bench on the right..
"london" Discussed on Spies of London
"Intern before casselle off spare. So let us rewind a little bit through the life and context of Edgar speyer in London the head of a rich and famous Bank home and part of a banking Dynasty which stretched across the globe. There was a spare in New York and there was a spare in London and there were spiders in Germany in the late eighteen hundreds as well as Long Island him say spell his name is virtually unknown today except that he is one and indeed the first of only two men to ever be stroked at the request of the government from the role of the privy Council. In other words Spire was a privy councillor one of those very few people who is entrusted with key Constitution wage. Decisions in the UK and the privy Council of course is headed by the Monarch today. It would be the Prime Minister plus a few senior ministers plus a few Lords. They are absolutely top people in terms of the British establishment. So speyer has the unwelcome distinction of being the first of only two people ever to be removed forcibly from that privy Council because of his own allegiance to Germany at a time when Britain was very much anti-german to try and understand or compare who spare was he was described as the king of the London Underground a public benefactor patron of Music in the Arts and he did in fact start galleries found theater companies. He's done all kinds of Arty things in music and art itself. He was a regular guest Downing straight. The prime minister at the time was Herbert Henry asked with Edgar was known very well in all the right circles. So if I think of who that might be today, well, I wouldn't think of a Bangkok I would think of somebody not like Alan sugar who is well-known enough. He's a self-made millionaire where a spare really had banking in the family. So I'm not sure if his home early life, but he didn't feel like a self-made man. He felt like a guy who came from a very wealthy family from the beginning. In other words. He was used to people listening to him. He was used to getting his own way. And I think that should be understood. It was not used to having to justify his actions to anybody least of all the king of England. So then you think of somebody like Bill Gates in America or thought maybe somebody like James Dyson in the UK, but I'm struggling to think of somebody who is Rich and Famous enough to be compared to spare cuz he was famous at the time but not from a entrepreneurial self-made background. So he wasn't like a rockstar today individual Bankers are very far from the public gaze. Now that song Because of the financial crash I think you would find it hard to mention unless you work in finance and have someone who has worked in finance. I find it hard to think of anybody who is well-known enough wage a banking background to be compared to spare. So these were different times Banks were not the global conglomeration that they are today. They were much more localized much smaller much more of an old boys network, especially in London. It's my challenge to you guys to think of somebody who is from a banking background, but famous enough to to count as a spare for today is a very difficult thing to do. Okay. So I think I've made that point as the the title of this book suggests. It is a case study not a biography so he doesn't put in enough about Spire to be considered a biography of the man. It really focuses on his time in London and just gives you enough contract to understand what happened in the nineteen tends to expire in early 1920s without going through everything that happened in his childhood and so on. So the question that the author gives us is what Aspire a traitor Escape Goldberg. Or a spy and he attempts to put before as the evidence so that we can decide for ourselves which is a nice little mystery to set his off on it is important to remember that in the 1890s and Thursday 1900 s France Germany and Britain were pretty much allies. I mean they traded together they had cultural things in common. Obviously, they had a different language. They all had a different career choice, which of these were different times but they sort of grudgingly rubbed along the same road, even if they're in different Vehicles. It's how I would think of it and it wasn't until the first world war and the years leading up to that page Germany really became an issue for Britain. And so what we found was a little bit like with the Russians in London today London in Britain was full of Germans full of French people going across the business. They were fully integrated into society. They spoke brilliant English. Yes, they had, you know our names they were clearly different, but they were perfectly acceptable in society job. An establishment spare would become a privy councillor. He was Leading Light in in building the Metropolitan Railway, which opened in 1863. So there is an absolutely no suggestion that I can find out that there was any kind of grievance garage or any kind of Suspicion about Germans in Britain until probably 1910 or the very early nineteen hundreds at least and indeed speyer had come to see London England as his home. He felt more at home here than he did in Germany and he traveled regularly to America to work on business with his members of his family his brother ran the New York house and he had family running the bank in Germany what I've done which is unusual for me is to make this a much longer and better book review than normal because I think this mayonnaise this topic is so fascinating as I've said, especially for me with with a German family that I've put my notes the highlights and shares that I've made in my ebook Edition on Goodreads so you can see dead. All of the notes that I'm using and there are more on Goodreads than I have time for in the podcast. So we arrive at the first world war 1914 and as the war intensified so did freeling against the 50 g eight thousand Germans resident in Britain. So this was not just two or three people sixty thousand Germans were fully integrated living in Britain. Most of them would have been living in the south east and London, of course, they are today, but it became difficult for them. And the people the Press even started to make a distinction between enemy aliens. In other words proper Germans found the 6 and 1/2 thousand also 10% of people who were naturalized in other words. They had taken steps to make themselves British. But of course were German by birth within the names and German families back in Germany. So around 10% of the British resident Germans considered themselves to be British or you know, more than half British or they were quite dead. Here and didn't ever want to go back to Germany, especially during the war. So in January Lord Crawford raised with the Lord Chancellor the possibility of revoking the citizenship of the 6 and 1/2 thousand Choice Germans. And of course, there was one of these so things were on the tone and I suspect it was a frightening time to be in London in particular. I think possibly in the distant provinces. This was not intense but in London where there were mobs there were the possibilities of large crowds demonstrations and indeed spaz house in Grosvenor Square was attacked and this is where the king took his famous Outburst where he said if you're going to intern the Germans you can internally first because I'm German and everybody in my family is German. So this had a particular poignancy the king consider yourself to be German during a time when Britain and Germany were at War and this was going to be a bad War this was going to be a really bad thing that lasted for longer than people thought. Affected that killed millions of people and affected millions of families for generations and this antagonism that began here continued on and ended up causing the second world war. So these were serious times. Nobody knew quite what was coming then of course, but nevertheless you have a German King a self-proclaimed German king of Britain and people are cheating the Press leading the charge to get these Germans sent home effectively and you can imagine what reception they might have had because the German people would have seen them as British. They all turn upon mass is Germany during a war. They would have been thrown straight into prison or worse. And of course, that's what people wanted here was for them to be thrown into prison for the duration of the war. But by the time the US entered the war in April nineteen Seventeen years, so, you know, it's an easy target to say too little too late, but enroll the Americans to steal the glory at the end James speyer and Edward bite of inspire had severed the connection with each other's banking job. I'll say this but until then spare and Co had continued as before to conduct a large-scale business with Germany. So the London house severed its connections with Germany, but the American house in April 1917 was forced to cut its ties with the German banks. So the tide is turning in America as well as in Britain. And because Spanish was so rich and famous and well-known. He became a lightning rod for a lot of this denaturalization internment argument and he became a subject along with a guy called Castle. It was not particularly the subject of this book. They were sort of mentioned if anybody was to talk in generic terms about denaturalizing sending home Germans sponge and Cassell with the two names that they use as examples. That's how famous they were in the Press not just in Social establishment circles, and of course speyer started to do things off. Which were planning for various possible outcomes. So any War has two possible outcomes, either one side wins or the other side wins, and of course because the country of spares birth was fighting the country that he now lives in he made investigations to see what would happen should either of those outcomes occur and he obviously continued to write to members of his family in Germany even towards the end of the war when such things were discouraged frowned upon and possibly illegal. So this is where things really start to go badly wrong for spare the British foreign office in budget establishment starts to collaborate. Some would say collude with the American authorities to gather evidence about spaz business and personal activities America London and Beyond with the specific game of trying to get his British citizenship revoked. So there is a general mood against natural log. Germans living in Britain and there is a specific action focused on speyer by the British government pretty much in response to public demand and they don't sort of it's not the situation that they've been presented with evidence and then they charge him with a crime and then they have a trial they decided to have a trial and then went about looking for the evidence and this is kind of democracy at its worse slowest because it it shows how they arm of the state hand in certain situations when the public demand is so great just handed to the Mob and that's exactly what happened to speyer the government turned against him secretly behind closed doors and without his knowledge and began tracking him. They opened his mail. They sought evidence from America and South Americans were actively looking for small slip-ups that they could then turn into a big story and hold a trial and remove his citizenship. I think as somebody who's dead. Never lived abroad or emigrated anywhere. It's hard to understand the meaning of this today because the world is so globalized. It really doesn't matter. What passport you have most of the time you can travel a long way you like even if you have to get a Visa, it's quite easy. There are very very few countries. Even Saudi Arabia now allows tourists, you know, there are very few countries that will not let you in as long as you have a passport from somewhere and it's not a country that they are actively fighting against or having some kind of diplomatic beef with at a time of war or at a time of pandemic or a time of Crisis wage, which passport you hold suddenly becomes important and you suddenly with brexit to you suddenly have to think carefully about which passport is best for you. So now you have German residents in Britain applying for jobs passports. You have British people in Germany with British passports trying to get German passports to try and make sure that whatever happens with brexit they'll be okay in their families will be able to continue living wherever they are today. Yep. Happened to the first world war as well people started to really think okay. I'm a naturalized British citizen what happens if Germany wins the war they're probably going to come to Britain occupy the country and round apology room and practise. So the British people saw the Germans as traitors and the German people would see those living in Britain as traitors and that's why I like this book so much. It really makes you look at today's world and think about who is who and and where do you live and what relevance does that have to your life? So when you here recently about black and mixed-race people in Britain feeling on the edge of things feeling singled out when you have European people in Britain feeling marginalized and singled out through brexit when you have the pandemic marginalizing be a many people and the poor as well. And if those two things happen to intersect the pandemic will affect you disproportionately in the financial crisis, which is not on this song. Of course where the money was transacted and where the transactions were domiciled started to have implications about how the government's would handle those debts. So suddenly it was important whether your mortgage had been bought by Indian bank and sold on to some Saudis in in the good times that nobody cared. So it's when there's a war when there's a crisis when there's a disease suddenly people have to look at themselves and think okay. Am I British wage on my German? Who am I and what do I do if the worst happens and the worst could be Germany winning or for some people it could be Britain winning these kind of Crisis really push you to undertook you are what you want where your family's going where you live and all the most fundamental things about your life, which do not get asked in peacetime. And this is why I think this story is so great because spare has been really pushed and of course, he's wealthy. He's not an average person. Just trying to make a living somewhere. He is wealthy. He knows the Prime Minister. He knows the king. He's famous wage. Today would have zero sympathy. He's the Elon Musk of 1920s Britain zero sympathy people could easily just say this guy is different from ours. He's crazy his German Dead He's Rich. He's never going to struggle no matter what and although that is all true. I do think that for them for topic wealthy people a hundred years ago had more sympathy and standing in society then they would have today. So today everybody criticizes Bill Gates full of his vaccine activities and he's philanthropy certainly in in Europe. He is heavily criticized. Whereas a hundred years ago. Bill Gates would have been a establishment figure. He would have been looked up to he would have been given a title if he lived in the UK, he would have been Lord of something and he would have been a pillar of society as a cash buyer was so business people rich people. Yes, they were different. They were not as sympathetic as the deserving poor as as the Kings might have called them down. Not a cynical about these individuals as we would be today. I think spare today would possibly have an even harder time than he had in nineteen Fourteen and and Beyond into the early twenties. And in fact, it's j trial for denaturalization didn't happen until years after the war. I told them so long to figure out what they wanted to do that the war was over for three years before he had his citizenship revoked which is ridiculous really at the end of the war. They should've said okay, you know, whatever happened during the war. Let's leave it there. Let's move on but they didn't they continue to hand him. But the way spray was treated and he did lose the case. He was denaturalized. He was humiliated off and it left a stain on his record. It left a mark on his life and his attitudes to Britain for the rest of his life because in his eyes, he just couldn't really understand or he he refused to understand and Pander to these stupid as he saw them true realities. Yes, he did research what would happen if Germany won the war and how he might be treated but so would you is just common sense and if you're a successful businessman Always looking at risk and the future and predicting what might happen trying to mitigate. That's just human nature. So in his eyes, he was British. He'd made a lot of money which had to put in in taxes. He'd founded the Metropolitan Railway had given Britain a railway system, which is still the Envy of the world today. He was kind of a hero in his own artists and until nineteen fourteen. Pretty much everybody would have agreed he would have been and was a pillar of the establishment. He was a privy councillor and then a few short years later. Not only is he thrown out with the privy Council? He's actually thrown out of Britain effectively way you can imagine the sense of burning Injustice. But and there is a bot Spire did not do himself any favors. I think his background the fact that he was used to getting his own way meant that he made some errors avoidable arrows in failing to treat these charges seriously enough at the early stages. He didn't get rid of his connections to America and Germany quickly enough. It looked like he was dragging his feet off. In the perhaps, he wasn't it looked like he was reluctant to assimilate with Britain when the war came and of course he was hedging his bets as any good Banker would as any Gambler would but this was willfully misinterpreted by the British establishment as a means to get rid of the risk and the threat of speyer because he was mentioned softer in the press and he was a lightning rod for internment, but he was harshly treated but the details of this and of course was he a spy? Well, you'll need to read the book to find out not in the way that we think of one. So this is a great book. I've read it twice now. I think it's fabulous on its own terms, but it's also fabulous because it allows me to think about my background and about how people who migrated to Britain are seen today and untreated today. You've got Windrush you've got brexit these issues. Although we don't have a war yet. We do have things which are forcing people to think about their nationality about their passport about where they choose to live if they have that choice and that's why off. In this book is well worth your time. It's called Banker traitor scapegoats by the Troublesome case of Sir Edgar speyer by Anthony Clinton as I say, I will post in the show notes my Kindle highlights so you can see it on Goodreads go and get it get the paperback get the book. However, you choose to read this book add it to your list for lockdown. It is brilliant off..
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"His Fall From Grace, which is a somewhat tragic story any other decade, you know for Risen to prominence in the nineteen fifties sixties or anything after that or if it's finished his career before or 1900. We would never have heard of him, but he became really quite famous and was even mentioned by The King The King was outraged that people were protesting in asking all Germans to be interned wage. Excited to the wife of the then prime minister. Let them take me first. All my blood is German My Relations are German lets me the king the intern before casselle off spare. So let us rewind a little bit through the life and context of Edgar speyer in London the head of a rich and famous Bank home and part of a banking Dynasty which stretched across the globe. There was a spare in New York and there was a spare in London and there were spiders in Germany in the late eighteen hundreds as well as Long Island him say spell his name is virtually unknown today except that he is one and indeed the first of only two men to ever be stroked at the request of the government from the role of the privy Council. In other words Spire was a privy councillor one of those very few people who is entrusted with key Constitution wage. Decisions in the UK and the privy Council of course is headed by the Monarch today. It would be the Prime Minister plus a few senior ministers plus a few Lords. They are absolutely top people in terms of the British establishment. So speyer has the unwelcome distinction of being the first of only two people ever to be removed forcibly from that privy Council because of his own allegiance to Germany at a time when Britain was very much anti-german to try and understand or compare who spare was he was described as the king of the London Underground a public benefactor patron of Music in the Arts and he did in fact start galleries found theater companies. He's done all kinds of Arty things in music and art itself. He was a regular guest Downing straight. The prime minister at the time was Herbert Henry asked with Edgar was known very well in all the right circles. So if I think of who that might be today, well, I wouldn't think of a Bangkok I would think of somebody not like Alan sugar who is well-known enough. He's a self-made millionaire where a spare really had banking in the family. So I'm not sure if his home early life, but he didn't feel like a self-made man. He felt like a guy who came from a very wealthy family from the beginning. In other words. He was used to people listening to him. He was used to getting his own way. And I think that should be understood. It was not used to having to justify his actions to anybody least of all the king of England. So then you think of somebody like Bill Gates in America or thought maybe somebody like James Dyson in the UK, but I'm struggling to think of somebody who is Rich and Famous enough to be compared to spare cuz he was famous at the time but not from a entrepreneurial self-made background. So he wasn't like a rockstar today individual Bankers are very far from the public gaze. Now that song Because of the financial crash I think you would find it hard to mention unless you work in finance and have someone who has worked in finance. I find it hard to think of anybody who is well-known enough wage a banking background to be compared to spare. So these were different times Banks were not the global conglomeration that they are today. They were much more localized much smaller much more of an old boys network, especially in London. It's my challenge to you guys to think of somebody who is from a banking background, but famous enough to to count as a spare for today is a very difficult thing to do. Okay. So I think I've made that point as the the title of this book suggests. It is a case study not a biography so he doesn't put in enough about Spire to be considered a biography of the man. It really focuses on his time in London and just gives you enough contract to understand what happened in the nineteen tends to expire in early 1920s without going through everything that happened in his childhood and so on. So the question that the author gives us is what Aspire a traitor Escape Goldberg. Or a spy and he attempts to put before as the evidence so that we can decide for ourselves which is a nice little mystery to set his off on it is important to remember that in the 1890s and Thursday 1900 s France Germany and Britain were pretty much allies. I mean they traded together they had cultural things in common. Obviously, they had a different language. They all had a different career choice, which of these were different times but they sort of grudgingly rubbed along the same road, even if they're in different Vehicles. It's how I would think of it and it wasn't until the first world war and the years leading up to that page Germany really became an issue for Britain. And so what we found was a little bit like with the Russians in London today London in Britain was full of Germans full of French people going across the business. They were fully integrated into society. They spoke brilliant English. Yes, they had, you know our names they were clearly different, but they were perfectly acceptable in society job. An establishment spare would become a privy councillor. He was Leading Light in in building the Metropolitan Railway, which opened in 1863. So there is an absolutely no suggestion that I can find out that there was any kind of grievance garage or any kind of Suspicion about Germans in Britain until probably 1910 or the very early nineteen hundreds at least and indeed speyer had come to see London England as his home. He felt more at home here than he did in Germany and he traveled regularly to America to work on business with his members of his family his brother ran the New York house and he had family running the bank in Germany what I've done which is unusual for me is to make this a much longer and better book review than normal because I think this mayonnaise this topic is so fascinating as I've said, especially for me with with a German family that I've put my notes the highlights and shares that I've made in my ebook Edition on Goodreads so you can see dead. All of the notes that I'm using and there are more on Goodreads than I have time for in the podcast. So we arrive at the first world war 1914 and as the war intensified so did freeling against the 50 g eight thousand Germans resident in Britain. So this was not just two or three people sixty thousand Germans were fully integrated living in Britain. Most of them would have been living in the south east and London, of course, they are today, but it became difficult for them. And the people the Press even started to make a distinction between enemy aliens. In other words proper Germans found the 6 and 1/2 thousand also 10% of people who were naturalized in other words. They had taken steps to make themselves British. But of course were German by birth within the names and German families back in Germany. So around 10% of the British resident Germans considered themselves to be British or you know, more than half British or they were quite dead. Here and didn't ever want to go back to Germany, especially during the war. So in January Lord Crawford raised with the Lord Chancellor the possibility of revoking the citizenship of the 6 and 1/2 thousand Choice Germans. And of course, there was one of these so things were on the tone and I suspect it was a frightening time to be in London in particular. I think possibly in the distant provinces. This was not intense but in London where there were mobs there were the possibilities of large crowds demonstrations and indeed spaz house in Grosvenor Square was attacked and this is where the king took his famous Outburst where he said if you're going to intern the Germans you can internally first because I'm German and everybody in my family is German. So this had a particular poignancy the king consider yourself to be German during a time when Britain and.
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"Something happened during and after world. War Two. The completely changed the nature of my five. AM I. Five is responsible for security on the mainland of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but they have no powers of arrest. So they cannot take people off the street without the corporation of the police although they are responsible for the security of Great Britain they do get involved in overseas actions, but clearly am I, five does not have and has never had the exotic cachet of six the. Overseas. Intelligence Agency. The people who at least in our common mythology put people in harm's way on a daily basis and dash around with guns in hot and really exciting locations and my five agents usually a sitting Morrison's carpark with a pair of binoculars if the lucky so much for the Meth as always the some truth in that and a lot of falsehood, lot of misunderstanding and my five agents have been involved in dangerous operations overseas. But the has always been this overlap and disconnect and. Parity. All of those contradictory words that you could use to try and explain that tracking bodies is never a clean cut case of well, this operation is am I six. This one is five because it's mainly based in. Britain. This one is h q because it's mainly electric surveillance that has never been easy and I used to say to people on the walk. Am I six tracks people at long range over a long time and it's the kind of early warning system. As an event or an attack or some problem comes closer in time perhaps the agents, the terrorists whoever they are arrive in Britain to carry out whatever it is they're planning. Responsibility then Hanzo to a my five, and then when it comes time to arrest people that hands over to the police and in theory in fact, am I six, seventy, five and G. C. H. Q. in the police, it's opposed to cooperate and collaborate in a seamless fashion anyone who has experienced of the public sector or indeed the private sector knows that large organizations find it hard to collaborate seamlessly especially when the stakes are high. So looking at the recent Manchester bomb attack on the music concert, it turns out that the Police Fire Brigade. Am I five everybody made mistakes ambulance service everybody made mistakes everybody seems that the inquest trying to? Massage their role in it. And you can see why because when the inquest happens first of all bad news, you don't have an inquest if it's gone well, what you tend to find as with any other walk of life is that blame starts to get attached. And what you need to make sure is that you and your organization don't get the blame or at least they don't get much of the blame as. This has happened with the corona crisis. It happened with the financial crisis. He happens every time there's a crisis there's a flood of as a fire grenfell people are trying to divert deflect blame, and that runs through certainly British culture and probably Western culture and the rest of the well to nobody wants to get blamed nobody wants to take charge. So when you have a larger complex investigation all. Of the agents are supposed to be represented and at different times but sometimes things go wrong. The reason I mentioned this now is that it was never certain that Emma five and my sakes would become the two main security organizations. In this country you can tell from the numbers a my nine which was responsible for escape innovation and and getting people out of come like coldest during the war. Clearly, have no purpose wants to us over one day I'll do an episode on. Am I, want him I to rest of them, but you get the feeling that there is a potential future where there is only one service which covers my five and six and J. C. H. Q. and possibly has powers of arrest lightly American FBI as well, or there's a few to add more than these two or three services they could be split up. And all the time that that is at least theoretically possible, you will get the situation where people are trying to protect their own organization. Even if it's the detrimental, another one added to this is that M, I five is responsible to the. Home Office. Whereas my sixers responsible to the Foreign Office. which again sets up trade constraints and differences and differences in leadership at the top level, which can filter down through the ranks. So it was never guarantee that am I five would become. The British. Security Service. There was never been a British secret service officially, there is the Secret Intelligence Service am I sex and the security service had my five. There is no organization with the official name. Secret Service. Put together and I five my sakes and H. HQ could be considered the British secret service in other words relatively off the grid certainly until nineteen ninety four, they were never officially acknowledged. Allah everybody knew they existed but this phrase that's used now plausible deniability. Helps them to get away with things that perhaps they wouldn't have been able to do today or in the past if they had been officially accountable and transparent in the way that perhaps the police and fire brigade have to A. Lesser extent, the regular military as well, and also during second world. War, there was o the Special Operations Executive, which shows that join a specific crisis. A new organization can materialize, and then at the end of the war, it was never guaranteed that SOS would be disbanded. It could have been rebranded and modified put could have continued. It just happened that the politics which had driven right through the war got the better of it and it got disbanded largely and the people who were not let go were merged into him I six. So this paints a picture of uncertainty especially at times of war and internal political crisis of any kind like the Northern Ireland troubles for example, this all goes to show. That five's existence as the Prime Homeland Security Service the Americans would call it. Homeland Security was never guaranteed at any point in its past and certainly isn't guaranteed today. So with that brief overview behind us, we can now look more closely at the buildings something. I didn't know that am I five was based at Watergate House in the strand from nineteen. Twelve until nineteen sixteen that was when it moved to sixteen Charles Straight for the rest of the first world, war after that war, it moves to queens gay to nine, hundred nineteen and then to Cromwell road in one, thousand, nine, hundred, twenty, nine, remember that this was when it was just thirty two people. So nothing like the Organization of today it's in. Nine hundred, thirty, four when Emma five first arrives at. Thames House on Millbank now it's certainly Thames House back then was the same size it is. Now it's quite clear lake. Building with some status and some history. But if there are only thirty odd people is pretty over three, didn't take the whole building and I understand it just took part of the top floor of what's called the South Block which his the block currently occupied now as things get really interesting because in the Second World War, always London was getting heavily bombed. So Am I five moved out I to one would scoops prison and then further out to blend him in nineteen forty now, it's pretty clear that it grew substantially joined the War that growth as we saw with? So a moment ago was not guaranteed to carry on those people could easily have been redeployed after the war but in fact, in nineteen, forty, five was, when am I five moved slackened fieldhouse, which puts it into may found cousin straight and into my mayfair walk and it stayed there for thirty years until nineteen, seventy six. So these offices do not move often he was second fieldhouse throughout John Kerry's career there through John. Bingham's career and people like Guy Little Thomas Harris Kim Philby all worked. At some time or another in Infield House, it moved to one forty, Gal shooting nine, hundred, seventy six since demolished where it stayed until nineteen, ninety four when it returned the Temps House this time to occupy the entire building, and there is now a northern operation center from five in Greater Manchester. Now, that is a response to domestic terrorism, but also to the reality that to secure such large island as Great Britain requires detailed intelligence beyond London and I. Think one of the witnesses of my five shown by the Manchester bomb is that it can be too large to respond efficiently. So the new northern Operation Center is certainly a step in the right direction and just recently some smaller departments like the Northern Ireland Office of moved out of Tim's house to give him I five even more space it seems to me that they earlier heads of them. I five were far more colorful and memorable than the current ones. Some famous ones who jump out to May after Vernon. Kell. who was the first one from nine? Hundred, nine, hundred, nineteen forte longtime. Percy STILLETO. Who Ride for seven years in the late forties Dick White Roger Hollis who Peter Right fingers spy. Never been proved or admitted by anybody. Stella Rimington. Who was the first female had of five in the early nineties Eliza Manningham Buller Dame manningham-buller whose father was in the secret service as well, and then more recently. Andrew. Parker has just recently given it up to guy called Ken mccullum, but it's really Vernon cal. Dick. Quite Hollis would have been Kim Philby parallel universe who stunned out as the founding fathers. The people who really got 'em I five going and sustained. After the war as well. So that's a brief history, a brief look at 'em, I five through its buildings. You can see Tim's House on my Thames Walked Westminster Walk and like Infield fieldhouse on the mayfair walk. Gala straight we can see our straight, but unfortunately, the building itself has gone just before we hand over to Paul for this week's Book Review. We have our final factoid. Did you know that Guy Burgess had dinner with Donald Maclean on the night they escaped Britain? That's not the facts on the fact. So it is that Guy Burgess was introduced as a man called Racha styles Roger Styles is a made up name quite obviously. But it's made up from two names used by Agatha Christie Roger. ackroyd was one of her murder victims and the affair at styles was one of her books hence Roger Style. Anybody who'd ever read Agatha Christie would immediately wrong the Foreign Office. Now without further ado, let's hunter. Paul for his review of Rowland Phillips a spy named often the nickname of Donald Maclean. Thanks Paul. So I I read this book when it came out as an e book and it is extremely well written is very readable strongly recommended but this copy is the heart have in my hand which was given to me indirectly from a deceased person I never met friend who is clearing out of the house. So the book knew that I was into spies and suggested I could take it and I'm really pleased that I did because the hardback is so much nicer than the kindle version. The first thing to note is that inside the covers there is printed. A top secret memo which records the final days in Britain Don McLean with times, coded references and cross-references. This is clearly an official government document which has been released from the archives and it shows that at seven thirty. PM. McLean introduced Guy Burgess to Mrs McLean as Roger Styles. They announced after dinner. They would be going off to see somebody else and might be away the whole night. Neither of them were ever seen again at least not in Britain Rowland Phillips is a professional publisher working for John. Murray is not writer. This is his first book. It's brilliant. Surreal shaming. More, it's very readable really well done. It's produced by bodily hack vintage of Vauxhall Bridge Road, which is the road where myself says so I I really wants to grab his second came out because Donald McLean is something often the `Nigma as the title suggests I think there are several reasons for this one is that he was a very serious career man vague successful person whereas the guy he escaped with Guy Burgess was now London character, a gambler drinker, a party animal very outgoing. So Guy Burgess eclipsed virtually everybody who knew it and he had a very mixed reputation people. Loved. Guy Burgess or they hated him and many people went off him as he is behavior got more Marlon dish. So Guy Burgess stands tall as a character Kim Philby was famous because he was so senior in the secret service and because of his press conference where he said he was innocent and because he got the prime minister to state that he was innocent Philby was always the media player and able to manipulate the media whereas was private man I think these things together plus the fact that he escaped at the same time as Burgess means that he's always lumped together. As almost as one person as as they do on instagram now where this is a famous couple and emerged two names to get one name and people just call them using that one mixed up name. So Burgess Maclean always seemed to be Burgess Maclean. It's never maclean and Burgess Burgess and maclean almost became one spy. This is interesting because McLean didn't really know Guy Burgess spent very little time together until they escaped. Of course, people say that Burgess was meant to come home that he was meant to be escorting and helping McLean, but he was meant to return and he decided. At the last minute to stay away, and of course, soon after their escape, the finger of suspicion pointed to Kim Philby who then stole the limelight for the next few years and I think these things together ten sa- lead us away from the McLean story because Philby Burgess and the famous Anthony Blunt steal the headlines The to get forgotten always McLean and Ken Cross and I think in these kind of stories, it's better for you and your family and your friends if you're the one who gets forgotten. So I think McLean's family obviously had an interest in making sure that he was, misremembered or diss remembered in the mists of time. But another particular reason I had for wanting to focus on mclane was that he is buried a few miles from my house in Penn Churchyard and I went to see his grave in twenty eighteen as a result of this book coming out and I have to say my photo which I'll put. On the website is much better photo than the one in the book minds and color for start pretty clear to me that they text on the memorial of Don, McLean's father dolled himself, and some other family members has has been refreshed and polished is much clearer today than it was when this photo in the book was taken the flap say here that. Ronald Phillips had a lifelong connections to Don. McLean. Any story I'm not surprised. I think most of the British establishment had some kind of connection to the Maclean family. So Don McLean Donald do art McLean was a family man with a wife Melinda and two sons Donald and Fergus and I think this sets him apart as well. Kim Philby was married but was never commented on as a family man a true father. Burgess seventy not blunt not it's whole either so he was quiet. He was professional. He was committed to his cause do was a family man his father was part of the British temperament and he's drifted into the midst of time and I think this book more than any other book about McLean really brings not ho it says in the back cover that he was a diplomat, the husband Patriot, a traitor deceive when. A spy he was all of those things he was a massive contradiction and this is a very well written well researched data book, but it is still very readable. So I strongly recommend this to you either the e book audiobook all the hardback I particularly enjoyed heart buckling is a really Nice edition I strongly recommend it to if you want to learn more about the Cambridge five over say dealers do make an Appearance, but I think Donald Payne has been less well served by books and papers in both burgess onto filthy and to a lesser extent blunt as well. That's all I have for you this week. Pleased to give us a follow at a review on your favorite podcast APP. Remember these podcasts are completely free forever view to download I listen to wherever you like to listen to. You casts spies of London will return..
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"Welcome to spies of London with Paul Dataman. Okay. Welcome to this episode. It's our new format that we introduced last week we now have a book review every week, a shorter book review, the main pace, which could be fifteen or twenty minutes and some factoid like Steve Writing afternoon if you are interested in guest hosting on providing a book review and you have USB, microphone and some ability to get me an MP three. Then get in touch we would love to hear from you. Did you know that Portland spy Ethel J was released from.
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"And crime go together but it's been don't death and there were many many people that's more knowledgeable than me about Jack The ripper and all the other kind of weird crimes that happen over the last few centuries. But not that many spy walks London wasps to a couple and fact my first ever spy what was London Walk they choose different locations to. Me Different stories but they were quite inspiring to me. I see them as the gold standard of course, they typically blue badge people some of them are well-known actors and actresses, and that is really great I've always looked up to them but not that many people office by walks and I thought well, okay. Maybe it's because there's not that much demand and that part. Of, it was tested and found to be wrong I. think the number of spy podcasts the number of spy activities around now escape rooms in many ways is a spying kind of challenge in a way it's a cerebral challenge. So I picked spy walks because I knew about spying and that was the only reason I've always enjoyed it. All I know is that from The moment I picked up the day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth when I was twelve, I have been hooked on the genre for me. It was books for some reason I always was drawn to books more than films and TV shows the went that many TV shows was the prisoner and so on but it was either James Bond movies to heroes of. Telling Michael Kind of war stuff or it was books and I was always drawn to the books. You can read them anywhere pick them up anytime. You don't need any expensive equipment to look at them, which when you a twelve year old is kind of important cost nowadays, twelve olds have thousand pound mobile phone that didn't exist back in the seventies and eighties of. Course there's always books from a it was Freddie Freddie Forsyth. But as they arrived at my late teens, I, started to get tired of the kind of gun toting assassin action adventure to an extent and I realized that there was more to espionage than guns and girls and I migrated to John Licari when.
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"Welcome to spies of London with me Paul deadman. So hopefully, you're enjoying this new episode format now I think it's much better organized easy to follow more engaging all the rest of it, and the reviews seem to be showing that to some keep it going for a few more weeks this week I have news that my may I by walk is now available for you to download and Cape. So you can get access to the mayfair walk with a detailed route guide step by step instructions. Maps photos on the rest of it, and the entry price is for the whole family or household. So you can all walk the route together as a self guided walk or stay at home and look at the pictures and never venture forth of your house if you are so inclined us to be honest I am if you'd like to see the Mayfair walk take a look at what's involved how you can get hold of it. There is a new website for the purpose called virtual history walks. Dot. com or one word virtual history walks dot com, which I will also put in the show notes this week we are looking at why espionage? Why am I interested in espionage? Why are you interested in espionage and what's it all for? There's no detailed this week but we are looking forward to some other books that are coming soon, and of course, the factoid the first factoid for today is when George Smiley and Rati Martindale meet by chance outside Hollywood hills bookshop and trump has in curzon. Street, there are meeting at a location known well to Jonah Keri his office lucasville house was in cousin straight at the time. It is highly likely that when John? Got Inspiration for this scene, he was on the lunch time walk, I imagine him buying a sandwich but in those days few people bought a fresh sandwich everyday perform to bring their own from home always cooked meal in a restaurant. If there were more senior which John Wasn't at the time, therefore, I, am working hard to establish whether. Buying. A some which when he had the idea for that scene at the beginning, of tinker tailor, soldier spy. So this week more reflective piece on my reasons behind getting into espionage spy fiction and Cold War studies in the real world I think this might be interesting to some of you because it might help you think about why you got involved in James Bond or John Lico, len, dates and or whoever it happens to be. So I started thinking about this..
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"If you don't know about telemark. This is not the place to come today. I do have an article about telemark on the website. and. There is a film with Cup Douglas. Major. Major Hollywood film called Heroes of Telemark, which is well recommended. None of that will help you in the what happened. What happened was one of SOA's most daring and successful raids from the whole of the Second World War there is a plaque in Baker street on the office. They used to plan this amazing stunt in short. What happened was that Norwegians who had a understanding of the area had escaped from Norway under Nazi occupation somehow arrived in Britain they were then parachuted back into Norway. They overcame the defenses of the hydro plant. Destroyed it and prevented it from making heavy-water, which is an essential ingredient in a nuclear bomb, and then when they realized that the Germans had managed to get heavy-water stores or supplies into a boat and escaped. So they had enough heavy-water on the boat to make some bombs they blew up. The boat is absolutely unbelievable and early we're not talking about John Truth is stranger than fiction they had to move out of this. It was no surprise that this became such a successful movie with a massive cast because eight is absolutely unbelievable. If it hadn't happened, nobody could have possibly made a film of it and the reason I like Neil Baskin's book. There are many books about tally markets famous. seriously. Famous. This book has a front section with maps as list as a cast lead. So you know who was in various operations. Yuna are who was on the allied side including Winston Churchill and Roosevelt. who the German scientists were deserve map of Great Britain Norway remember this is an American writer for an American audience American publisher, how to pronounce Norwegian vowels, loads of photographs, the chapter headings, or even really nicely done, and there are photographs every two or three pages. This is a really accessible book, but it is not at all dumbed down for young adult audience and I've never liked the the time adult. The Hunger Games was young adult that was by the same publisher Harry, Potter, Adult, some of Sarah NBA's very scary and haunting novels are young adults, but they are good for any age and I think a good book is a good book. I'll get off the soapbox, but this is a good book. It is not for kids if it does get any teenagers involved in this world, then it's toilets job even better but I'm not saying that it. You should avoid this book if you're older than that I, think this. I've been reading SPY BOOKS FOR THIRTY YEARS. This is a good book. It's a great story strongly recommended and if it gets any body into the idea of military history espionage Cold War James Bond. It's fabulous recommended get this get the Nazi hunters fallen nail on twitter. He is just so readable. Well, thanks Paul. he was getting a little bit excited though I think that's the end of this week's episode. Thus the end of this week's episode episode sixteen we are looking for people who have a podcast setup, which means a USB microphone to appear as guests or possibly as an interview. So if you have a voice and microphone and the ability to push the voice through the microphone and recorded into MP three file and you know what all that means pleased to get in touch, we are looking at ways of getting guest hosts from other podcasts, friends of mine who Know about this world, even more than I. Do I'm learning as I go even after thirty years, we may start by having guest book reviews, but we definitely want to do proper to way live interviews this year. So it's that sounds like you get in touch if that's not you sit back and relax follow the podcast listen to the trailer read the website. There's a lot going on there on facebook instagram and twitter, and we love that you've listened to this to the end. It was longer than we expected. That's the beauty of podcasting spies of London will return..
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"To kick off this episode with our first factoid and the factoid four today is that Roger Moore who wants play James. Bond cost us to watch bond movies in the everyman theatre in Girard's Cross Buckinghamshire Yeah I know you could have bumped into bond watching bond. So without further ado, the main topic for this week is John Look Hurry. Otherwise known as David Cornwell, I'd like to start with a nursery rhyme because I think you'll like it tinker tailor soldier sailor rich man poor man Begemann. Dr Baker Find Shoemaker, Wiseman Madman taxman please how.
"london" Discussed on Spies of London
"Did try to kill US cripples that purpose in doing the interview of cost to the opposite. So the fact that the VR never hits the news or at least not the mainstream news is perhaps one sign of success. One thing the research for this episode has shown me that the VR is very, well worth research is worth coming back to in a future episode and it does pay to get better acquainted with what they are trying to do because they are the closest to my sakes in the CIA of all of the Russian agencies therefore. Given that mix and CIA to that hit the news and hit the James Bond Film. So often in fiction that perhaps the ESPN should be better known than it is so I will be looking in more detail in a future episode out the SVR. So I've just got time for the final factoid before taking a closer look at the book for those people who thought that the Cold War ended when the USSR collapsed in the early nineties have a look at, Aldrich Ames who was charged in February nineteen ninety four with providing highly classified information from nine, hundred, ninety, five to the Soviet Union and Russia. It is believed that the information he passed let the execution of. Nine US agents in Russia in April of Nineteen, ninety, four, he and his wife pleaded guilty to espionage and tax evasion, and he was sentenced to life in prison without parole solo that spy starts in ninety five. He was active through the fall of the USSR on the Berlin Wall and as list here on Wikipedia of spies who were arrested during the nineteen ninety S, and in two thousand one Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested for spying for the Soviet Union for more than fifteen years out of twenty seven that he served with the FBI. So the Cold War never ended. Okay. So it's now time to handover to Paul for the review of the new spies by James Adams. Thanks Paul. So this book by James Adams, this is the paperback edition of James Adams from Nineteen ninety-four but Adams, himself claims that he takes him about three years to write a book. So it was certainly being evolved and researched as the wall was coming down and Gorbachev was being replaced by Yeltsin, and that fails these names to me feel like a different universe almost. Okay. So I was a teenager back in the. Early, nineties, but everybody felt like the fall of the wall in particular the dismantling of the USSR. So soon after it meant that the Cold War was over I think that that is the assumption that everybody made who was outside of this world. The book starts with a look at Tash Trees, which I've mentioned in the early factoid there a red brick mansion that was used entertain spies from behind the Iron Curtain and. After the curtain collapsed. It was opened up to people like James, atoms, western journalists, and intelligence agents to come and talk and see how things have changed to say that this kind of complex which was built in nineteen seventy-two by a Finnish architect and dominated by twenty two story main building was being dismantled but even here months after the fall of the USSR atoms claims that the buildings of tennis trees had an air of k the. Guardhouse a single wooden structure looks like a relic from Stallard Loft. Any size this in chapter one how times have changed five years ago the KGB had an army of three hundred thousand men kept files on millions of Soviet citizens absolute power to enforce. One of the most ruthless tyrannies ever seen three, hundred, thousand staff that dwarfs anything Britain ever had I'm pretty sure it dwarfs anything Britain combined with America ever had it was genuinely a secret. Police force which had informers in every avenue. Every corner of the USSR somebody claimed that there was no part of the world that had never been visited by somebody from the KGB and I think that's probably true to an extent at least in the places that were interested in any way. So in this time period way short time period form head of the CIA we're going to ten ashtrays and Russia talking to people in Moscow. One of the directors of the Sismi Sakes were going flying into hungry fly into East Germany Russia trying to lobby I suppose the former KGB to become more open, more transparent, more westernized but such a history of cultural spying and snooping was never going to disappear within five minutes and as I've just said there about the VR, it was the mid nineties. The legal framework was still being agreed and by nineteen ninety nine when Putin came along. I think he reversed pretty much everything that he could as quickly as he could. So James Adams feels privileged in sitting in Moscow with the head of the former. KGB and I think he was I cannot imagine that conversation happening today items felt thrilled and privileged to be allowed into the former KGB officers and to talk to people and to get the lay of the land it seems to me he was one of the optimists so. By page six, he admits that there were believers and skeptics the latter the skeptics argued that the Russian I was very much alive and a military coup or even take over orchestrated by the former KGB could see the communists revert to type today. So by nineteen ninety, four, the skeptics have either left or been forced revise their thinking as the reforms of proof to last longer than expected so I think some people expected the reforms to last. Literally five minutes, but three or four years after the coup the reforms were still ongoing and going in the right direction as the believers would see it. But now he says although the skeptics the real hard liners left, the community has divided between the true believers and the cynics who claimed that much of the old intelligence structure remains an has to be said from twenty twenty s perspective. The cynics correct there is absolutely no question about. that. Perhaps, some of the skeptics of returned the group of cynic say the KGB may have changed its name and its missions but we'll remain active against Western interests for the foreseeable future particularly in the former Soviet republics and immediately Belarus springs to mind. I bought this book as an optimist. I was very excited by the possibilities of the United Germany we had grown up in the eighties with the risk and the threat of nuclear war government. Films that were air-raid tests on a regular basis we were conditioned to believe that life on earth could be stopped within seconds at any moment, and although I didn't particularly by that because this idea of mutual showed destruction was meant to access tarrant and I think the Cuban missile crisis as long ago as the sixties shows that it did act as a deterrent people even in Russia were. So terrified of the possibilities of nuclear war that even the Russians even the USSR did. Not Stoop. So low and of course, famously only the West has ever detonated a nuclear bomb in anger in Japan. So we were growing up through the with fear of electricity being turned off every five minutes, coal strikes and shortages nuclear war. There are no doubt that the parents of that time were more terrified than the kids but for that to be switched off virtually overnight with the fall of the wall and the collapse of the art seemed like a massive story a massive. Event certainly as big as corona virus or the financial crash or any kind of hurricane or soon army. My Bait was a massive massive thing and for James Adams of professional journalists to write this book, hit the ground at the right time. The majority of people were optimists I've already said in a previous episode that John Kerry and some experts were never ever of the mind that the threat was finished from Russia, it was just regrouping evolving and they've been shown to be. Correct I feel that James was optimist back in the early nineties perhaps because he went there first hand and spoke to these people and realized they were just humans like everybody else. He wanted to believe that they had changed their approach and they did try I believe that until nineteen ninety nine Russia was very much desperately trying to modernize and join the international community if you like. But Times change attitudes, change people change and I'm certain now that the FSBA GRU if not the. VR have taken many many steps back towards their Kub past I'm not saying that this is good or bad true tried to be objective. Clearly. I. Don't agree with the script Nevada assassination attempts and I think that Russia should not pretend to be democratic I think if you're going to have elections, they should be free. In fact, there is their right to not hold elections. But if they hold elections, they should be fair wants and that goes for America as well as Russia. Democracy as we all know, he's a terrible idea but it's the least terrible idea that anybody's ever come up with for running a country and you should try everything you possibly can to be objective unbiased allow the elections in the votes to be counted properly. Clearly, that's not what is happening in the East right now there's been tensions in Ukraine Crimea Belarus. Now, we are a long way from Russia reestablishing the US saw, but we have a lot closer to that than we were. In one, thousand, nine, hundred, four. So I think James is an excellent rate. I really enjoyed it when I read it in the nineties I was on the side of the optimists. Then I was only a teenager I. Am now on the side of the cynics and the skeptics who would can see what is happening with chemical weapons assassination attempts political kidnappings, interrogations, fearmongering targeting paypal's families, and friends, and colleagues to try and silence them. This is a very dark time for many people. In many parts of the world, and this is where it becomes harder to stay detached because I didn't give talking about specific spies like Gordon Lonsdale back in the fifties is easy after fifty or sixty years to treat them in a somewhat academic and something's going on right now with is still in hospital Russian elections taking place Bellarusse in a big state Lebanon a big mess that becomes harder to detach, and it really tests your commitment to object vets and all the rest of. From this that I'm fighting that on a daily basis I, think you've got somebody being a dictatorship pretending to be a democrat dot is bad news for the people of their country and for everybody else in the world as well. Okay. So the book reviewed. So the book we reviewed in this episode was the new spies exploring the frontiers of espionage by James Atoms published. By Hutchinson Inland Thank you for listening the best where you can help us. If you enjoyed today's episode is to leave review on which ever podcast directory or APP you use doesn't matter reviews a good five star reviews are very much welcomed but even one-star reviews allow us to learn from our mistakes. Thank you for listening to spies of London spies of London will return..
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"There for for taking and the KGB took it and assigned it to miladi Once home. Trained up had been in the Red Army had gone to school in America. He had this kind of international background. He sailed to New York or an ocean liner and became a spy as with all good spies. They all bought several names. He met a man on bench in Central Park who introduced himself as Emile goldfish. He was really William Fisher but better known as a Rudolf Abel. He had been born in New England in 1903, but to Russian parents. So the thing about communism Cold War spying post-war spying and indeed the moles of the thirties the King Philip and so on they will often driven by ideology and I've mentioned this several times on the walks and in podcast that it is difficult to put ourselves into the mindset of the thirties forties in Europe. War was inevitable sides had to be chosen and some people chose the Victoria side and some people chose the other side that's always happening but for some reason the echo And the ripples from that time still live with us today. It is very obvious for us to say that communism has its limitations that it's economically bankrupt ideologically bankrupt way. It works on a Ponzi scheme at the center where if you get rich and the masses the millions and millions of normal people get manipulated and lied to now that may be a very brief overview of Communism, but it's a pretty accurate one not to say Catholicism isn't without its faults, but it at least tries or strives to be meritocratic and fair that's a different conversation to say that it might not always work like that. But getting rich is part of the leader capitalism, whereas in communism. It's it's described as a kind of failing of an evil unless you're one of the elite of course in which case it's strongly encouraged communism has at its heart a a deep cynicism and a double life and from a distance from England from France Germany, even from Canada and America if you read the text books about communism, you think we'll okay. Everybody has a job every looked after wage. He has a home is no homeless people. Everybody's fed. Nobody's hungry. It kind of looks great at a time when people were hungry in Britain. They were starving in the thirties in America this kind of notion of a society which could be organized in which everybody got along and was nice to each other and looked out for each other and helped each other and there were no rich people and there were no poor people and everybody was middle class. These were powerful ideas for first of all, upper-middle-class people never had to work and never needed to but also for anybody working classes anybody would be attracted to that. Once they saw the poverty in wage Europe is completely understandable to me that intelligent people in huge numbers thought that communism was a good idea. You have Kim filter you have charge blade you have melodia Lonsdale all on different sides different Nash his different backgrounds, but all agreeing with each other that communism was better than Fascism and that it had to be one of the other there was no middle way you either a communist of the left or a fascist of the right place. And everybody hated the fascists there for anybody with a rational logical mind would become a communist. So that kind of thinking has led me to soften my opinions of filthy and the rest of that particular the episodes about guy Burgess and the walking special episodes as well. But I will be coming back to this with a Donald MacLean book to Alan Bennett has helped to persuade me that the spies were not the traitors that allows people like to think he wrote to at least two players about spies possibly more and one of them in particular about guy Burgess and he is off the view that there were no worse than the rest of them and that they weren't half wrong bad as people make out Lonsdale originally entered Canada using the identity of a live double that is a living Canadian communist who had volunteered his passport for the cause and in later on became this dead double goddamned to have a child born in Canada nineteen twenty-four who had emigrated to the Soviet Union with his finish mother and died there in nineteen forty-three melotti first got hold an identity card, which is easier to get than a passport wage. And then that led on later to a passport of Canada. He then writes too so s the the Chinese school at the University of London gets on a course there and somebody recommends to him. He should join the Royal Seas league in Saint James is on the S and James's which is interesting to me cuz I nearly joined that once cuz they have a deal with the London Library. They do have clubs all around the world and it strikes me as a very obvious place for a spy to arrive at home. You can live there in an International Community where not many questions will be asked meladi returned from Canada to New York crossing over Niagara Falls is Gordon Lonsdale in February 1955 and made his way back to London. Now, this is a book review in the style of the London Review Books. So we don't really mention the book very much. It is a Kindle single. It's only sixty or seventy Pages. It'll cost you about eighty pounds about a dollar home and it's fabulous definitely recommended. It's clean. It's short. It's factual. It's done by a pro. You can read it in about an hour, but it's just amazing. It's really good. There's a guy in Bridge. The one who eventually led to his downfall was Harry Horton Horton joined the Navy at sixteen and after the second world war took a position at the admiralty that led him to a posting in Warsaw in nineteen fifty-one by now in his mid-forties. They felt out of place in the Diplomatic community and Halton dealt in the black market selling penicillin. It seems to be money that drove him to reproach a secretary of the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw. So Horton was in it for the money not for radiology, which immediately put him down the ladder in lonsdale's eyes and indeed many other people's eyes to he was British, but he portrayed his country for cash but nevertheless his wartime service and background eventually led him to a real life a top-secret job. The KGB were not sure that he could be bought as they pretended to be from Poland and said look, we're polish spies went to work for us. It was only later that they admitted that they were actually the kg be dead. But by this time Horton had a job at the underwater weapons establishment at Portland in Dorset, and he had absolutely white-hot connections there. So he was working on with his girlfriend off the sonar for Britain's first nuclear submarine, the dreadnoughts. Absolutely Prime information KGB had a few problems with him. He was difficult to manage and the eventually assigned him to God and Lonsdale home run him for I think a number of years certainly quite a while. It was the 11th of July 1959. When Horton was first introduced to Lonsdale both men had completely opposite opinions of each other still hated Horton and Horton thought they were kind of friends now no story about spies in Britain during this period of time would be complete without mentioning Peter right the Spy Catcher And fact the writer of the book called home I capture and this seems to be a common theme that Peter Reich wrote his book to make money because his MI5 pension was so bad. There is somebody in this story who had to go into business in retirement age. His his armor five pension was so bad. It makes you wonder whether am I five would have done better just to give them all a proper pension to be honest, especially at that time as public-sector pensions were supposed to be generous. Anyway, that's just my sniping and indeed the man who eventually betrayed Lonsdale and George Blake was given the codename sniper. It was late April nineteen sixty and someone had been sending Anonymous letters to the CIA written in German. So the agents sniper claimed that the Russians have two very important spies in Britain one in British intelligence the other in the Navy these two unknowns were codenamed Lombardo one and Lombardo to and this was during the aftermath of the philby scandals British intelligence were certain they had no mole, but he'd later turned out to be George Blake. It was the Navy one that worried people because they didn't know who it could be. This was Horton remember and the claim was that name sounded something like Hopkins or hopner, which is very far away in SpongeBob. And sound but the case was eventually handed to a guy called Charles L. Will it was later found that LOL was in one of the photographs found in one of lonsdale's briefcases some of the words he had unwittingly off or was he at a party with Lonsdale before Lonsdale was suspected. In fact lol became suspected as well by Peter right and others and part of the handling this month. Let painter right to suspect Hollister head of MI5 who I've also mentioned in a previous episode. This is absolutely why I start to think that human intelligence. This kind of agency wage work is never a good news. It leads everybody to a state of febrile paranoia on both sides of the table MI5 who are trying to catch these moles becoming more paranoid than everybody else and start seeing moles everywhere and the whole thing every ten or twenty years degenerates into this kind of paranoid meltdown which in any other business wage Walk of Life would be seen as absolutely potty and it seems absolutely normal when it's upper-middle-class people with degrees talking about Marxism and I think this kind of amateurishness which wage went on in the security services certainly through the late eighties and the fall of the Berlin Wall was partly what the 1994 intelligence had was trying to address was trying to say look if this thing is so secret that nobody actually knows about it. How do we know we're doing the right thing in the right way in the most efficient way is costing hundreds of millions of pounds a year to run these agents and to catch the foreign agents and all we end up doing is offering a paid each other now again, that's a simplification. But sometimes you have to simplify in order to illustrate the point. So on we go Halt and starts to meet Lonsdale in London and hand over paperwork and so on they train each other up of rather Lonsdale trends of Halton to take good photographs using spy cameras and other equipment and later on some of the briefcases that are dead. Stolen by MI5 apprehended by MI5 contain all this amazing 1960s spy equipment and I have to say that 1960s by equipment is way more exciting than modern technology because everything had its specific purpose. You wouldn't have a phone that could take pictures. You know that everybody had you know, there were Specialists cameras miniaturized cameras, which the mayor possession of such a device would cast suspicion on you. First of all, they were very expensive to make difficult to get hold of and why would any normal person have a spy camera because they take bad photos was now everybody's got a spy camera in the Palm this a thousand times better than what the KGB could make in the sixties. So the times have changed the technology has changed and I think there's something really romantic and exotic about this Old Town. She thinking about the umbrella on the bridge again, of course. So on we go the Watchers there were surveilled Horton was followed to a bench outside the Old Vic where he met Lonsdale and wage. When the MI5 guys followed Lonsdale after the meeting they realized he walked around in circles for a long time before going back to his car which had already previously passed in the street. This is spy trade craft. This is not something that you'll person would do. So the Finger of Suspicion went to Lonsdale as with all Spy operations, they didn't just arrest him because what they really wanted was to find out who he knew and what he was doing. He had a flat at the white box near Regent's Park flat 334. He had a bungalow in ruislip and this Bungalow in ruislip turns out to be pretty important not least to me because I used to live near here and I can imagine exactly where this Bungalow is. You can get the book if you want to know the exact address, but it's precisely positioned between ruislip station and ruislip Gardens at the end of a road and the the cul-de-sac leads into a footpath that's not wide enough for a car to go down. This means that you can approach or leave the cottage being sure that you're not being followed because obviously if you follow by pedestrian, you could spot them straight away and you certainly can log Live by a college town down a footpath even better. I said Gardens is across the road from North Pole to the RAF base, which is actually the base where Lonsdale was exfiltrated from when he was involved in a prisoner swap many years later. The location is fabulous. It was owned by two Russians. Again, they lied about their backgrounds and so on pass themselves off as other people Russian book dealers Lonsdale lived with them for many months. And in fact MI5 lost wages of them in London and it took them a while to catch him in ruislip and after he had been arrested and jailed the people in the house were also arrested and jailed as well for helping him. And because Lonsdale was the prize assets. He was sprung out of jail bath KGB in a prisoner swap with gravel win, another famous spy, all the people that helped and worked with the Hortons the Russians in the Rye slip Bungalow stayed in jail for many more years and long sell only got 25 years. Whereas famously George Blake. I think it was forty-two. It was so long that Blake escaped was Lonsdale didn't even need to escape cuz he was sprung out by a prisoner swap. The whole thing is a who's home. Of spies and Spike catches Peter writes here Rodger. Holly says here. Lonsdale's here legs here Philip. He's here and really none of them suspected God and Lonsdale if it was off that polish tip-off and Hortons amateurism. He might never have been caught it's easy to say that if this hadn't happened then that would never have happened people say that all the time but Lonsdale was such a professional and he'd grown to like his lifestyle in the west as wheeler to find which is crucial for me. I think if you hate to the west and you hate capitalism and you hate all of that, it's easy to sneak loyal to Communism but having lived in America lived in Canada lived in Britain, he got a taste for the lifestyle and although he remained loyal to Russia until the end. When his Allegiance was tested to save a lease and he may have been killed in a poisoning which if you've heard minor Valley episode, he will realize it still going on Lonsdale retained his allegiance to Russia until the towards the end, but he did enjoy birth. Left and I think he might never have been caught wearing not for the tip-off right became paranoid started to suspect Rodger Hollis, everybody else. He suspected anybody who wasn't him basically and indeed by catch a book has largely been discredited but they eventually traced Lonsdale to ruislip. They investigated the owners of The Bungalow found a communist past and Lonsdale was caught and given 25 years. This is a great lunch time read it'll take you about an hour or 90 minutes. If you're a slow reader, it's virtually free. It's less than a pound on Amazon. It's a Kindle single Gordon Carrera from the BBC is right tone. He's a very rational journalist. He's used all the usual sources that we took in archive Christopher Andrew and so on Nigel West a lot of this was already known but what I liked about this book is its shortness and the wage sticks the fats and really clearly describes a time and a place in Western European history. So that's got in Lonsdale not a sports bag, but a dead Russian boy who had his eyebrows. Stolen and used for Espionage Garden on stale died in suspicious circumstances after drinking vodka. He might have had a stroke his father died young equally. Well, he might have been poisoned so off on that bombshell I leave you for another week. We have lots coming up in the podcast. We have Donald MacLean. We have a few John le carre things lined up for you and I want to dig deeper into some of the locations on the same box as well. The original episodes were done in fifteen minute chunks to help you out. Keep it short one thing. I realized that the podcast allows is a walk virtual walk where the locations are further apart. So Spies of the home counties might be coming soon to take in John the carriers childhood home under home. He lived in grammar sinden as a professional man working for MI5 and MI6 and of course the race live Bungalow lived by Golden Lamb style so that Spite of the home counties. I will also revisit some of the London spy walks as well. We have a very full Autumn for you as the weather and the leaves turn off..
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"Welcome to Spies of London. This episode is a book review of the illegal by Gordon Carrera from the BBC the hunt for a Russian spy on a post-war London and it's about the Spy Gordon Lonsdale Gordon. Lonsdale was a Canadian man who came to Britain by ship. He told everyone had been born on the 27th of August 1924 in Ontario Canada in reality. He was Conan meladi born in Moscow. Now, I've come across God in Lonsdale many times. He was easily one of the best and most Professional Russian spies operating in Britain at any time. He was known to me because he was involved in a prisoner swap without wanting to give you too many spoilers as he was highly valued by the KGB and he met George Blake in Moscow and George Blake & Garden Lonsdale were betrayed by the song. So some people suggest that if they hadn't been portrayed particular Lonsdale might never have been discovered by the time he was discovered clearly his super deep secret undercover of work which involved him taking on this Canadian identity living in Britain away from his young family was taking its toll and more than that as with so many of the best writers when Lonsdale go back to Moscow. He started to compare it to what he'd seen in the west and realized that the West Was better. I was richer more exciting more interesting more. Make more fun and he had serious alcohol problems, but there were a few details about Lonsdale which intrigued me and I have to say I thought God unless there was a man name
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"China never stopped things seem to be getting hotter and worse rather than better which is great for historians of Cold War great for young lady who follows this stuff in the way that I do, but for the people involved, of course in Russia, it's it's pretty scary. I would imagine Spies of London will return next week. home home home home.
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"That might be taken to an extreme in certain countries or cultures, but I don't think that the situation where the Russian State blatantly lies about living in care about Paula Patton navalny and other things as well could be ever considered value as I understand it because Rania by its very nature requires. The complicity of the other person is a party home. So it's possible to argue that the kremlin's denials over navalny our van. Yo for the Russians in other words, everybody Russia knows they did it. Nobody thinks that anybody else did it they certainly don't think it wasn't a poison probably if they've Seen anything about it understand what Nava joke is and know exactly what's happened. I could understand how that would work for domestic audience. If it was part of the culture and established social norms. I can see that but the reason I do agree that it's run you is that these statements were made publicly to international news outlets and there is no way that the West will ever believe that anybody other than Russia killed live in England tried to kill scrap pile and seemingly tried to kill navalny. Nobody will ever believe this so it cannot be brand-new in an international sense. It could only possibly ever work off inside the culture where this thing happens. So I'm looking into this more. I want to learn more about it. I think the whole idea is fantastic in a kind of academic sense and it kind of curiosity sent off that you can have a business or social system where this kind of blatant lying is somehow a social nicety. I want to learn more about this. If you do know more about this, please get in touch email or off. The links on the website forms, you can fill in as well. It would be great to learn more about it. I wanted to introduce this idea of ran yo, I wanted to let you know I'm looking into it. I don't quite buy it as a way of international diplomacy, but I could say how for a domestic Russian audience that it might just work certainly Germany Britain and the five eyes are not buying any of this. So without further Ado, let's take a closer. Look at the background to the cases. I keep mentioning litvinenko, which I know a lot about from my spy walks crippled and of course today navalny over to you Paul these situations when you are in the middle of them present a difficulty for anybody to write about or podcast about part of the reason for this is that I am so used to dealing with people who are long since Dead from the cold war from the forties and fifties and sixties and then people like live in enka who was murdered in London fourteen years ago 2006 still seems like a pretty fresh memory but long enough juice. Since that you can analyze it and talk about it and think about it with some distance living and Co stands out in my mind because it was so unexpected and so shocking and so I won't use the word impressment it because wasn't quite unprecedented but it was from an era that I believed we believed in Britain had finished had closed and what the limit anchor killing did was to bring bring to the fore all the suspicions of USSR Cold War Russia. And again, that was just subsiding when the script pal poisoning happened which was horrific for different reasons because his daughter had been involved policeman had been involved and then weeks later that a woman died who was absolutely nothing to do with it. All the ambulances and police cars had to be buried in a field concrete or something like this all those gopal and his daughter survived and I believe to have gone to America that was even more shocking to me personally because he was at least notionally retired and certainly wage. Old enough to be relaxing at home with his daughter but there was this level of cynicism there the way this indiscriminate poison had been applied to a house in the hope that the right person would come into contact with that and then this chain reaction of police getting involved doctors getting ill and this snowballing level of risk where everybody who came into contact with the victims with the house with the cleanup of the house were exposed to this massive risk of chemical weapon used in a Suburban town in Britain and and not in 2006 not in nineteen sixty-six, but just a couple of years ago and then there was a massive International outcry diplomats were expelled remember the coaches in London expelling the Russian we call them diplomats, but there are spies and again life went back to normal for those who are not directly affected at least page then the second I heard about navalny. Who as I specialize in Cold War. I wasn't really aware of the details of current Russian politics, but it emerged in the valley was the opposition log The real risk to Putin and the pattern it was so obviously a poisoning but it was obviously not radioactive poisoning because of what we learned with litvinenko the symptoms were completely wrong people were talking about g h b and things but really an overdose of GHB might issue a pretty Stern warning to somebody but it didn't seem like the kind of thing that the wrong state would use but for them to use knowledge shock so soon after denying that they were involved in the scriptural attempt after parading two people two men who were so obviously g i u officers if you'd been a that's sort of pick two men out of a lineup that looked like Gru officers, they would be the two it was so amateurish and ultimately a failure that I never thought for a second. Happen again. So soon and the reason for hesitancy, of course is that navalny is still critically ill Germany is saying his life is not an immediate risk. I know from the Nova Chalk poisonings in Britain that some of the people off Most badly affected were very badly affected in are still dealing with the consequences of that years later. So navalny is by no means out of the woods, but it seems likely I will survive which allows you then to talk about it in a different way. But this is a there's no escaping. This is a horrific horrific event. And even for some reason the valley has been poisoned with his grown up in his face is falling in prison before suspected poisoning. Of course. Nobody would run the right tests. Even somebody who's repeatedly on constantly at risk followed by FSB agents founded his little wife his family his friends his colleagues Hound a daily every single day every where they all go hounded even then this is somehow just a package saying because it was on a plane it with other passengers around with staff around. We don't know whether the Nova truck was applied to his clothes which some people suggesting or it seems unlikely it was it in the T now that that seems to age Red herring the novice shock the gel or the cream seems to I think partly because it's so strong and powerful that it doesn't need to be ingested. He's actually easier therefore to apply each something that the person victim is likely to touch or come into contact with the clothes seems an interesting possibility maybe his seat the Airlines seat, but then wouldn't touch his skin and would it just going to his clothes something like that seems likely we know it wasn't anything on the plane because the reaction was so quick during the flight that it must have happened in the airport or earlier that day off we know from the script Bossa. Nova truck does act very quickly. They left the house went from meal and then within an hour or so, maybe two hours they were feeling symptoms and they were found. Of course on the bench by members of the public when the symptoms start to kick in it seems to happen very quickly. So please stay tuned. Please follow, please look at the website. Please sign up for email updates as well Germany's reaction to it person's reaction to it the American wage. To it is still being established. We may well see diplomats expelled from all of those countries and others maybe the EU will respond in a better way this time. Now that Germany has been brought into it may seem to remember last time with scriptural Germany were a little bit hesitant about wanting to offend Putin for the reasons political reasons. So there we go. It's still the Cold War. It's cold war one. I think the cold war never went away. The only people who thought that were perhaps Britain in America, I think Russia and.
"london" Discussed on Spies of London
"It worth it for this small amount of money that they're offering because if you get in the wrong case the wrong project your life could be turned upside down. So that's my review of the book A Game of moles by Desmond Bristow and his son bill and I do recommend it. I thought That the material in here the people he knew are so fascinating and so well-covered everywhere else, but this was some genuinely New Perspectives for me, and I think it's definitely worth a read grab a hold of second-hand paperback if you can but don't expect a riveting read of the kind you would get from the professional. It's not in the league of Ben McIntire book. For example strongly recommended full facts about Tommy house and Kim philby that I hadn't seen anywhere else. So go to and we'll see you next time. Next episode will be back to a normal Spies of London episode. No more walks four thousand and no more book reviews for a few weeks. Thanks for listening. Please go to our website Spies of London, and sign up for news and read.
"london" Discussed on Spies of London
"Shepherd market and you will soon see the graves pop up on the left take a left at the grapes walking North now back to Curzon Street on your left of the C-Max Brothers the red book shop and I'd like you to stop outside Mike's brothers and look across the road across Curzon Street. You will see Heywood Hill on your left and g o f off at the Barber's on your right. The reason for stopping here is that I believe this must be where John le carre has stopped when he was thinking of the scene in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy when George smiling nice Robbie Martin Devon, George Smiley is clearly the colors best known character. He was played by Alec Guinness in the TV series in the 70s and by golly Element in the recent feature film multi Martindale is the drunk who likes a long lunch and is not exactly George Smiley's normal cup of tea and they bump into each other quite accidentally so off smiling is on his way to Heywood Hill Bookshop to sell an old grimmelshausen German novel in German. I think it's the first edition. The reason he's doing this is that his divorce from and lay down Smiley is taking a long time and she seems to have control of the bank accounts. So he's only access to Ready Cash is to start selling off his rare book collection. So here's walked from by Water Street in Chelsea is home through the rain book under his arm and he's about to arrive at Heywood Hill. So I believe he would have either emerged from the archway where you now stand or probably from a long career some street from the west and he's about to walk over towards Heywood Hill to go in and Rowdy comes out of trump as having had his haircut probably had a few bottles of wine already. He shouts at George they have a conversation Rowdy encourages George off to a nice day. Restaurants so that could well have been in Shepherd Market behind you one of the many restaurants that you've seen there. They have a long lunch that goes off into the evening and George Smiley accidentally leaves the rare book in the restaurant and he doesn't collect life until the end of the book. He never made it to Heywood Hill that day and the rest is history as they say he goes on the mole hunt. The rest of the book is quite clearly based on Kim philby. So George never sucked into Heywood Hill Heywood Hill is famous for many reasons. You might be able to see the blue plaque which shows that Nancy mitford worked there one of the famous mitford sisters a famous novelist. And of course the sister of unity home a relationship with that off Hitler and the sister of Diana who married Oswald Mosley. So Heywood Hill has its own literary backstory there. It's cold war and indeed World War II back story and it has a secret place a special place in the stories of John le carre. I suspect John le carre had his hair cut at trumper's and bought a few books in Hayward Hill when he was working at Lincoln field house. Just along the road. This is my favorite song. But on the Walk we're nearly at the end. Now, there's only one official stop left. I like it because I can quite easily imagine than the young John le carre a building up his Archive of scenes and applications ready for his first book of indeed. Tinker Tailor was well into his career, but grimmelshausen Trump has Heywood Hill these places Purdy's appear in many of his works. So take a last look at Hayward. He'll take a look through the window and Mags Brothers, which has some really rare and very valuable items in there and then walk along cars and straight to the East and take a right down Half Moon Street right. Now your walk almost the end of Half Moon Street. Certainly Beyond half way, you will walk past the Hilton keep on the right side the west side of the street so that you can see the Flemings Hotel clearly often been a lot of building work going on here. It's still as the boundary of Shepherd Market is still a very highly sought-after location. You'll see it's a fairly quiet straight, even though you can see Piccadilly running along the end at the South Pole. It's being redeveloped. But Fleming's hotel has been here from very many years. It's nothing to do with Ian Fleming is famous in Espionage circles. The hotel is very nice. We actually did the photoshoot in the bar of that hotel foyer. The first set of spy walks that I did with Airbnb and it's a really nice bar. It's a basement bar and it's called manetta's these are all very interesting things because a basement bar has no windows down there for it was used by a so eight people like they're Atkins to meet her spies her agents and debrief them before they perhaps went off for a longer meeting in one of the flats and officers around Shepherd Market wage. So manetta's was attractive because it had no windows, but what I found when we were doing the photoshoot for the Spy walks was it has no phone reception either. So we had to keep going outside to get the photographers with the signal so we can talk to him. And so I find it interesting that there's a bar with no windows and no cell phone signal where you can meet spies right in the middle of London just off Piccadilly Fleming's hotel is also in dog. Because it was the home of Bertie Wooster and I got the Christy has connections to the hotel as well. They believe it is the model for Bertram's hotel in Agatha Christie. Although other hotels claim that credit as well the likelihood is that as she did stay here when she was in London quite often that at least some elements of this hotel that you're looking at today have made it into her stories as part of Bertram's although I am not a spy writer as such you do find a crossover between mystery stories and spying a lot of spy novels are actually mystery novels that happen to have some Espionage content. If you believe anything on Wikipedia, you will know that bathrooms hotel is popularly believed to have been inspired by Brown's Hotel. However, it's the Oxford dictionary of national biography that suggests Fleming's because Agatha Christie was known to stay at Fleming's Fleming's is one of my fave hotels in this area because it's so little known it's kind of you have to be in a certain group of people to really know about it. They might disagree. It's been there for over a hundred years. I think it's been on this app. Right, since it opened in 1851. It certainly is an old enough building and it looks like could well have been and they really play up on their spy connections. The bar is lovely. It's a really nice place to finish the walk but we never did on the Airbnb walk was actually going for a drink because the cocktails are a little expensive but if you have to budget if you're here traveling to the UK on a holiday, it's definitely worth going in and getting a beer or a cocktail in my office bar in the basement of Fleming's before I had my soe World War Two walk. I also used to talk here about Christina skarbek because she was one of the soe agents that Vera Atkins would have run and probably met in a hotel and the wonderful biography of Christina by Claire male is definitely worth a read I will be reviewing that book The Spy Who Loved by Claire Molly in a future episode of spies of London, but I mention it because this whole War can indeed most of my walks are about a time a period of time when all the spies and agents were men. But talking about soe is a chance to talk about the women because dead Most of the men who were able to were fighting in the regular army navy and Royal Airforce in the second world war. And so the women got left behind they were meant to be making tanks and missiles but some of them especially the foreign with with the people who had left France Eastern Europe in extremely dangerous circumstances wanted to get home and they wanted to get home as quickly as possible and they didn't want to be planting potatoes and people, you know, skarbek who was almost an olympic-level skier was an absolute modern-day hero. She put herself in danger many times and many of their Atkins agents were women many of them were executed by the Germans when they were captured. There is an SLE Memorial in Lambeth and we might cover that in the forthcoming city of London walk Fleming's has that part in the history. It's not near the soe offices, but it off by Vera and others and it does give me a chance to mention that particularly during the war not so much afterwards, but during the war was the first time when women were put into these non-uniformed wage. Dangerous situations pretty much of their own free will in many cases they felt like they had a duty to liberate their own countries, but there were also British women who put themselves forward as well who didn't want to do a safety job. The story of Christina in particular is worth a look Christina died a violent death in London after the war and.