Just like Victoria Wood last week, Maureen Lipman is a safe pair of hands for this sort of thing, and her enquiries into the brain from childhood through to old age prove engaging and enlightening. Michael Mosley pops up with some advice (it’s all about visualisation), Paul McKenna gets a lengthy plug for his own brand of mind manipulation and Larry Lamb takes on Lipman in a few memory feats.
But there are also more sober illustrations of ‘the brute strength of a memory’, as survivors of 7/7 and army service in 1970s Northern Ireland movingly describe struggling with their demons ever since. Pop science at its most palatable.
Five minutes north of Euston station, Drummond Street is an unexpected slice of the subcontinent, dotted with Indian sweet emporiums and well-stocked grocers’ shops and restaurants, but with none of Brick Lane’s touts or tourists. Though Chutney’s tinted windows and plain exterior look less than promising, inside it’s far more inviting: a cosy, convivial dining room painted in rich reds and ochres. The main draw is the all-vegetarian buffet, served every lunchtime and all day on Sunday: vats of saag aloo, delicately-spiced tofu curry and creamy lentil dahl jostle for space with own-made chutneys and chilli-spiked veg of every description, from chickpeas and red cabbage to gleaming baby aubergines. Save space for dessert; the sweetly sticky semolina pudding, fragrant with cinnamon and cardamom, was great on our last visit.