Art theft is big business. Very little gets returned, with most disappearing into the clutches of grasping private collectors, Thomas Crown-style, or – as is more likely – sold to fund underworld drug, arms and terrorist activities. In America, Sooke meets an unrepentant Myles Connor, the infamous thief who art-napped for a living, making a killing from rewards. He then turns his attention from the Mafia – thought to have stolen 1.5 million works of art in Italy over 40 years – to the most stolen work of art of all time, the Ghent Altarpiece, coveted by the Nazis.
It must be hard for an art lover to see his passion treated so indecently and Sooke is clearly miffed. Intriguing stuff.
Mister Lasagna Piccadilly
An Italian fast food joint that doesn't specialise in pizza. No sir, at Mister Lasagne you get just that and in 21 varieties to boot. Plus, this restaurant is open from breakfast until dinner, so you can start your day with, say, a smoked salmon lasagne and finish the day off with a Napoletana (meatballs, egg, bolognese, ricotta and bechamel sauce). There are two other Mister Lasagne spots: Soho and Mayfair.
Venue says: “For only £10 we're offering six tapas lasagnas and one glass of either prosecco or wine to celebrate National Lasagna Day on July 29!”