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Your London Legacy was born out of my love for London. I have travelled far and wide, and as much I get so much pleasure from seeing new places around the world, I always look forward to getting back home to London. I cannot think of anywhere else in the world, that has the same depth of history, the coming together of ancient and new cultures, fashions and religions and our hard-won freedom of speech.



London is a global leader in banking and has the highest concentration of Universities and further education in Europe. It attracts vast number of business travelers and international students, and visitors, and has some of the very best restaurants anywhere in the world.



But for all that is changing London has retained that classic element that sets it apart from every capital in the world. From the ancient icons like the Tower of London to musical phenomena such as Adele, this sprawling wonder of humanity has an endless supply of attractions.



But on their own, attractions tell only part of London’s incredible story. For without Londoners there would be no attractions and no story, and without Londoners, there would be no legacy. The legacy that we can all too easily take for granted as we wander round London’s ancient streets, sip coffee in her beautiful parks, share a beer with our mates in her wonderful pubs, or as we take in one the myriad of world class museums.



There are over 8 million residents in London, from the inner-city housing estate, to the urban sprawl and ever growing suburbs to the luxury of Kensington and Belgravia. No matter where Londoners live, they are all part of the wonderful melting pot that makes Londoners what they are. Unique. Young and old, rich and poor, they all have a story to tell. A story of passion, of struggle, belonging, laughter, creating, desperation, and yes sometimes loneliness and fear. London is far from perfect, but it is home and has been since the Romans settled in 50AD. And it keeps on growing year on year, so we must be doing something right.

Londoner’s are a special breed. They are about spirit and embracing changes that are constantly going on around them.



Your London Legacy tells the timeless stories of London’s hidden personalities’’ by interviewing Londoners from every walk of life, in every community. It was born out of my desire to share the legacy of Londoners with you. We all have a story to tell.



I’m Steve Lazarus and this is Your London Legacy.

Your London Legacy Steve Lazarus • The London Podcaster

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.9, 33 Ratings

Your London Legacy was born out of my love for London. I have travelled far and wide, and as much I get so much pleasure from seeing new places around the world, I always look forward to getting back home to London. I cannot think of anywhere else in the world, that has the same depth of history, the coming together of ancient and new cultures, fashions and religions and our hard-won freedom of speech.



London is a global leader in banking and has the highest concentration of Universities and further education in Europe. It attracts vast number of business travelers and international students, and visitors, and has some of the very best restaurants anywhere in the world.



But for all that is changing London has retained that classic element that sets it apart from every capital in the world. From the ancient icons like the Tower of London to musical phenomena such as Adele, this sprawling wonder of humanity has an endless supply of attractions.



But on their own, attractions tell only part of London’s incredible story. For without Londoners there would be no attractions and no story, and without Londoners, there would be no legacy. The legacy that we can all too easily take for granted as we wander round London’s ancient streets, sip coffee in her beautiful parks, share a beer with our mates in her wonderful pubs, or as we take in one the myriad of world class museums.



There are over 8 million residents in London, from the inner-city housing estate, to the urban sprawl and ever growing suburbs to the luxury of Kensington and Belgravia. No matter where Londoners live, they are all part of the wonderful melting pot that makes Londoners what they are. Unique. Young and old, rich and poor, they all have a story to tell. A story of passion, of struggle, belonging, laughter, creating, desperation, and yes sometimes loneliness and fear. London is far from perfect, but it is home and has been since the Romans settled in 50AD. And it keeps on growing year on year, so we must be doing something right.

Londoner’s are a special breed. They are about spirit and embracing changes that are constantly going on around them.



Your London Legacy tells the timeless stories of London’s hidden personalities’’ by interviewing Londoners from every walk of life, in every community. It was born out of my desire to share the legacy of Londoners with you. We all have a story to tell.



I’m Steve Lazarus and this is Your London Legacy.

    Carolyn Steel’s New Book ‘Sitopia. How Food Can Save The World’ Addresses One Of The Most Crucial Issues Of Our Time. We Live In A World Shaped By Food Which Is The Cause Of So Many World Problems. So What Is The Solution?

    Carolyn Steel’s New Book ‘Sitopia. How Food Can Save The World’ Addresses One Of The Most Crucial Issues Of Our Time. We Live In A World Shaped By Food Which Is The Cause Of So Many World Problems. So What Is The Solution?

    There simply can be no topic of more significance today than how food shapes our lives and is an integral part of who we are….indeed we are literally what we eat and we live in world moulded and dominated by food.


    Who can forget in the early days of Covid 19 lockdown—the pathetic sight of people scrambling for the last bag of pasta, and the aisles of empty shelves where once was your favourite fruit and vegetable?


    Carolyn Steel is a leading thinker on food and cities and her first book Hungry City received international acclaim, establishing her as an influential voice in academia, industry, and the arts. Her Ted Talk ‘How Food Shapes Our Cities’ and has been downloaded 1.25 million times.


    We first spoke to Carolyn in her London flat nearly a year ago, and today I am delighted to welcome her back, to chat about her stunning new book ‘Sitopia’ – How food can save the world. Carolyn asks possibly the biggest question of all: ’’What makes a good life?’’ A question most of us would say, we haven’t had time to answer. That is of course until now, when time for many is pretty much all we have. Sitopia is Greek for food place and in her deeply researched and wide ranging book, Carolyn assesses why we fail to value food which in turn has led to ‘’climate change, mass extinction, deforestation, soil erosion, water depletion, declining fish stocks, pollution, anti-biotic resistance, diet related disease’ and dare I say it—Covid 19.


    If there ever was a time to build a fairer more resilient society, now is probably the best time to start, so that we can all lead happier healthier lives. This is Your London Legacy.


    “I often say to people the food you eat is the future you.”


    6:30


    Carolyn admits that she is not some serial book writer churning out pages for the sake of cash—her book Hungry City took 7 years for her to write. This attests to her dedication to the thought and research she puts into each line she pens. And on the surface—feeding cities and people seems like an easy thing, fast food is cheap after all, isn’t it? Carolyn argues adamantly that no food is cheap, it simply has the illusion of being monetarily cheap while it is actually eroding the planet and the way we view life, work, and the systems that govern them all.


     “What would the world look like if we internalized the true cost of food—if we actually valued food again. And it’s revolutionary—it’s a revolutionary idea.”


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    Carolyn was one of those people who refused to use Skype before Covid—but she’s adjusted and learned, and it has opened her eye to the opportunity Covid has opened up. Time. Time to think and value things again like baking, pickling, making healthy food yourself. Time to contemplate what food is: food is living things we kill so we can live. It’s a shocking way of looking at, but completely true. Time to contemplate the bonds between where we live in cities and where food comes from the country, and our access to that country to understand our food.


    This could be one of our last chances to lean into the truth about our survival and the planet's survival. Understanding our economic systems and what work really means in a capitalist society (trying to reduce the labour cost to zero) we have to look to what is actually going to sustain us; relationships, connection, and the planet itself and that which comes from it. I applaud Carolyn for her bold critical thought about some of the most basic necessities civilization needs and how to progress our society coming out of crisis.


    Links


    Sitopia (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sitopia-How-Food-Save-World/dp/0701188715/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Sitopia&qid=1590939139&sr=8-1)


    Hungry City (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hungry-City-Food-Shapes-Lives/dp/0099584476/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Sitopia&qid=1590939139&sr=8-2)


    Carolyn

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    As Covid 19 Continues To Change The Way We Live & Think About Our Lives, Mindset Expert Michele Attias’s Message That We Should ”Look Inside, Stop Seeking & Start Living” Has Never Been More Relevant

    As Covid 19 Continues To Change The Way We Live & Think About Our Lives, Mindset Expert Michele Attias’s Message That We Should ”Look Inside, Stop Seeking & Start Living” Has Never Been More Relevant

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    March 2020 will for many be seen as watershed in their lives. There was before and there is after. Covid 19 raises many fascinating questions. Its has caused most of us to re evaluate our lives. Are we happy with the direction our life has been taken? Are we content in our job, our relationship, our values, the way we use or abuse our time, and of course if we are not happy what can we do about it.


    Back in June 2018 I met up with my old friend Michele Attias to chat about her book 'Look Inside...stop seeking, start living'. Never has this refrain been more relevant so here is the interview again in full. So many valuable takeaways here, its well worth a reprise.


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    I’ve known Michele Attias for several years now—she was born in Gibraltar, lived in Israel for a while, but eventually settled in London. She qualified as a therapist and clinical supervisor in mental health services with responsibility for some of the poorest and abused children in London. After undergoing significant changes in her own personal life, Michele reinvented herself and became a certified coach with a range of clients from lawyers, bankers, to entrepreneurs and business leaders. On top of being a mom of two, she also finds time for public speaking, writing articles for blogs, and most recently—publishing her first book, Look Inside: Stop Seeking Start Living. Michele and I share a passion for personal growth and lifelong learning, and in our conversation we discuss Michele’s transition from working in the city to coaching, as well as diving into her book to see what some of the key issues are that are holding us back today—and how we can overcome them. This is Your London Legacy.


     


    “I hated finance, I hated that whole sector—but I absolutely loved speaking to people.”


     


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    Michele started off in therapy around 15 years ago, wanting to get into personal development to escape the corporate banking world—a world she entered after moving to London and landed the work, in part, due to being able to speak three languages. However, it was here that people started coming to Michele with their problems while she was in the filing room. This filing room became renamed by the employees as “Michele’s Therapy Room”. But to step into becoming a psychotherapist was a whole different ball game. She found that she loved the academic aspect of it, learning different theories and practices to better help others. This also helped her personally overcome her feeling about being divorced, and as she attended personal development workshops she found herself helping others. 


     


    “People go through life like that, but they end up in their forties or fifties—they wake up one morning and they think, well I have the house, the marriage, the kids, the job—but I’m not happy. I don’t have any meaning.”


     


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    Fear is always powered by thought. The thoughts don’t come out of a vacuum—they’re always powered from a conscious effort within. She talks to her clients about possibility, of who they would be if they didn’t invite their negative thoughts in. This goes to show that fear is so much worse than the reality often is, which helps cast it aside. Attaching to fearful thoughts will paralyze you—imagine if fear was a friend, an annoying neighbor you converse with. This takes some of the power away from those feelings. Now don’t get Michele wrong, of course you are going to be scared at times, doubt your career path, worry over major or not so major life decisions, but at the end of the day your thoughts control how you feel about all of those external things.


     


    “Sometimes we ne

    • 58 min
    Steve & Soli Lazarus On The Emotional Roller Coaster Of Life & Times During London Lockdown. Walking. Crying. Missing. Being. Change. Time. ADHD. Creativity. Stoicism.

    Steve & Soli Lazarus On The Emotional Roller Coaster Of Life & Times During London Lockdown. Walking. Crying. Missing. Being. Change. Time. ADHD. Creativity. Stoicism.

    In these bizarre and unsettling times, many of the things we took for granted have been severely curtailed—and in some cases restricted all together.


    As you know, I have always loved the fact that I get to meet all the guests on the podcast in person, be it at their place of work, their home, or at a location that is specific to them; on the diving platform at Highgate Mens Bathing Pond, on the lifeboat with the crew at RNLI Chiswick, over a cappuccino in Little Italy Soho, or at the top of The Monument in The City of London.


    But lockdown in London has stopped all that, at least for the time being, and so I am having to reflect and rethink. With over 80 episodes in the bag we have a decent back catalogue, and so we’ve been re releasing some of the older popular episodes for new listeners to find and enjoy, and older fans of the show to revisit. I may start to record new episodes over the internet but it is nothing like meeting the guest in person. Face to face. Eye to eye. Sharing a chat and a joke and building that all-important rapport. It was not what I envisaged nor what I want to do, so we will see how this pans out. With any luck the lock down will end soon and I can get back to doing what I love most, and what I know brings you the best possible experience, meeting the wonderful London personalities that make up our incredible capital city.


    This week, however, I thought I would take advantage of the lockdown in London, and chat once more to Soli Lazarus…my wife.


    In this episode recorded at home, we chat over the ups and downs, successes and failures that make up the emotional roller coaster of lockdown in one of the greatest cities on earth. It’s quite personal in many respects, but I hope it gives you a flavour of how we have been coping and managing our days.


    I hope you get something out of it and would love to hear how you have been getting on too. This is Your London Legacy.


    “I just think, how on earth can we think this is lovely—I mean there’s been nearly 31000 people who have died…It’s all so bizarre.”


    7:30


    Soli and I, gratefully, have taken the time allotted to us to spend more time with our son and go on long walks through the woods. We recognize that we are in a fortunate position where we haven’t lost anyone in our immediate family to the virus, and so there is a strange split feeling about having time to spend with one another. This too doesn’t come without its own difficulties at home—being locked in close proximity to anyone can cause issues, but we’ve managed to work through them and take the time to discover new things about ourselves, our surroundings, and how to better grow moving forward.


    13:20


    Our daily walks have provided wonderful insights and peace in our life—and this walk has taken on new light thanks to reading “On Looking” by Alexandra Horowitz (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Looking-Eleven-Walks-Expert-Eyes/dp/1439191255) which has pushed us to view our walk and surroundings form different perspectives; that of the trees themselves, ants, and each other—we even went on and did the whole trek in silence to better listen to the nature and city buzzing all around.


    20:35


    Soli and I both have been working from home and have been incredibly busy. Soli works with parents of children who have ADHD—and this time has proved to put her services in high demand. She’s stayed positive though and found ways to encourage parents to help their children learn and grow outside of the overwhelming demands the school system has tried to place on the students and their families. Soli has even devised a form for parents to use and highlight how their children have best been learning during lockdown, in hopes that upon returning to classes that their teachers can correct and help them better learn in school.


    45:00


    In the trend of focusing on the positi

    • 59 min
    Jonny Benjamin’s ‘Stranger On The Bridge’ True Life Story Gives Us All Hope In These Strange London Lock Down Times That Our Lives Will Improve Soon

    Jonny Benjamin’s ‘Stranger On The Bridge’ True Life Story Gives Us All Hope In These Strange London Lock Down Times That Our Lives Will Improve Soon

    As many of us struggle on through the Covid 19 London lock down, it's a good time to pause, and reflect and truly see that good can come out of bad.


    I've chosen to re publish one of my earliest interviews with the inspiring and Jonny Benjamin. This is his very dramatic personal story from the depths of despair to being awarded MBE ( service for mental health).


    I hope you find this amazing yet true life story of 'The Stranger on The Bridge' a motivation that things will get better soon. Just keep believing.


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    On a bitter cold winter morning, you’re walking across Waterloo Bridge—on your way to work. As you reach the midway point over the grey, fast flowing Thames, something unusual catches your eye. You notice the figure of what appears to be a young man holding onto the railings…on the wrong side. Hundreds of busy commuters pretend not to see what’s right in front of their eyes. Some know what is going on, but don’t know what to do, or internally question whether to get involved or not. One man stops to see to see if he can help. This is the story of “Stranger on The Bridge”—of how two totally unconnected worlds collided and changed both forever. This is Your London Legacy.


     


    “Looking back it’s strange, I almost believed it was –it didn’t feel like me that was causing this disruption. It felt like it was this toy that was in control, but again I guess at that age I couldn’t articulate what was going on.”


     


    Jonny first went to a psychologist at the age of 5. While hard to express his emotions and reasoning at that age, he was acting out and being destructive. He was irritable, couldn’t sleep, and becoming violent. What he couldn’t express was that he was seeing things that weren’t there. This theme of shielding his family and friends from what was tormenting him ran through his early years all the way through uni. Jonny constant felt like something was off and bore into his studies as an escape—finding a particular interest in drama.


     


    10:34


    Things started to come to a head when Jonny was 17. He’d given into a delusion that he was in a “Truman Show” type situation where he was being watched all the time. Coincidences seemed preordained, planned, and he liked it—if he was being watched then it must mean that everyone liked him. But after a friend vocalized concern he went to see a doctor and was put on a waiting list for a specialist. After time though, Jonny gave up waiting and headed off to uni where he hoped his problems would solve themselves.


     


    18:00


    While his studies in drama continued to be a godsend and escape, outside of his studies his life was crumbling. It started with self-harm and abusing alcohol and getting into a minor car accident that threw him into a temporary psychosis. Jonny was scared, and to complicate things further he was beginning to struggle with his sexuality as well. He ended up going to group therapy and finally his secret was out, his family was clued into his mental struggles. Jonny felt like he’d betrayed them.


     


    “This might sound awful, but there was a kind of relief in making that decision—because I thought finally, there’s a way out.”


    26:40


    It is at this point that we arrive at the poem Jonny reads at the beginning of our interview. On a freezing cold day in January, he ran to the Waterloo bridge—as he’d planned the night before, deciding to end his life. He’d been in the hospital for a month where his family visited every day, and he felt like this was doing them a favor, taking the burden of himself off their shoulders. But it was on the bridge the stranger came. Calm, empathetic, and very, very human compared to the sterile clipboard environment of the hospital. This stranger was i

    • 1 hr 5 min
    After A Fall Heidi Herkes Was Paralysed from The Neck Down. In Tough Covid 19 Lockdown Times Heidi’s Story Serves As A Beacon Of Hope & Sunshine For Us All

    After A Fall Heidi Herkes Was Paralysed from The Neck Down. In Tough Covid 19 Lockdown Times Heidi’s Story Serves As A Beacon Of Hope & Sunshine For Us All

    The guests on my show never fail to amaze and inspire me, and Heidi Herkes is no exception. She is right up there with the very best of them. As a young woman, she travelled extensively around the world running her own high end bridal and make up company—from Sydney to Dubai, Berlin and the US. She worked at incredible venues making her clients look and feel amazing, until one day, she suffered an unimaginable life changing event that meant Heidi was forced to rethink everything she ever knew.


    After falling down a flight of stairs, Heidi broke her neck and became paralyzed from the chest down. From what Heidi calls her ‘ground zero’, she has rebuilt her life and career and launched her own unique consultancy, helping women from all different backgrounds, shapes and sizes to discover who they really are, though embracing individuality and diversity. I met Heidi in her beautiful home in Finchley North London where her ever present smile filled the room.


    “You realize when you wake up in a hospital bed and you’re having to be turned and everyone’s doing everything for you because you can’t physically lift your hands or your arms to your mouth—that’s when the horror starts to all unravel.”


    [6:45]Heidi looks at her fall as a before and after situation. She looks back on her life and is proud of where she got to, but she feels now that she’s hit a milestone. She needed a certain amount of resilience to fight the obstacles she needed to overcome—and she had built that resilience up through her whole life. She couldn’t handle the thought of not doing anything, so she’s found creative outlets to look forward.


     


    “You can look good, but you also need a bit of a personality to go with it. I just don’t understand why people take themselves so seriously—it’s really not necessary, just have fun with it…these people spend hours in front of the mirror to look good and have all these apps and filters, but then they won’t leave their house.”


    [21:40]When in the hospital, Heidi realized that she wanted to still look good as well as feel better. Using hair and makeup as a measurement for that for most women, and a practice close to her own heart, she found that using her hair and makeup skills to help people retain or find their identity. She’s set up a styling company and is helping people from all walks of life look and feel how they should.


    She’s pushing the importance of fashion for disability through YouTube now, using it to inspire and motivate with a series of videos that highlight survivors of trauma and how they’ve moved on through style. Keep your eye on her channel because she will be adding to it while working with different brands, including Dove and an interior designer, Sera of London.


    Heidi meets in person for styling sessions or over Skype, and then she’ll go personal shopping and check your wardrobe for edits and updates.


     


    Links


    YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEv4T3XRIS-Bi161ndjZ_WA)


    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/heidiherkes/?hl=en)


     

    • 36 min
    Ruth Posner Is A Very Special Lady. Holocaust Survivor From Warsaw, Dancer, Actress, Choreographer, Author, Educator. Ruth Has Led An Inspiring & Often Tragic Yet Uplifting Life.

    Ruth Posner Is A Very Special Lady. Holocaust Survivor From Warsaw, Dancer, Actress, Choreographer, Author, Educator. Ruth Has Led An Inspiring & Often Tragic Yet Uplifting Life.

    Ruth Posner Is A Very Special Lady. Holocaust Survivor From Warsaw, Dancer, Actress, Choreographer, Author, Educator. Ruth Has Led An Inspiring & Often Tragic Yet Uplifting Life.

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