London Lite Thursday, 5 November 2009 23 A FORMER chairman of ICI and his second wife are battling each other at Londons Appeal Court over their 14m west London home. Charles Miller Smith and wife Debjani had been living in Kensington for five months when he moved out citing dif- ficulties in their marriage, her barrister, John Wilson, told judges. Mrs Miller Smith now wants her estranged husband to meet the 27,000-a-month mortgage payments. Although the pair briefly reconciled, father-of-three Mr Miller Smith, 69, left for good in January last year while Mrs Miller Smith, 44, stayed on at the prop- erty. He has since filed for divorce citing her alleged unreasonable behaviour and in July a High Court judge ordered that the house be sold. Mrs Miller Smith argues that the rul- ing is flawed and her husband should foot the mortgage bill. Lawyers for Mr Miller Smith, whose first wife died of cancer in 1999, say it is unreasonable for him to have to meet the mortgage pay- ments, and that he cannot afford it. The court heard that the couple met when Mr Miller Smith was chairman of ICI between April 1999 and December 2001, and she was company secretary. They married in June 2004 and bought the Kensington home for 6m. Mr Wilson told the court the property is super prime and Mr Miller Smith can afford to pay the mortgage -- demonstrated by his recent taking of a lease on a coun- try estate. Thecase continues. HUNDREDS of London council workers are to have their pay frozen. Kensington & Chelsea today announced that it will save 400,000 next year by not giving a pay rise to 800 senior staff and councillors. The borough joins authorities across the capital fighting to cut costs and avoid a rise in council tax before next years local elections. Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Cllr Merrick Cockell said the pay freeze showed his commitment to supporting residents in difficult times. by georgina littlejohn Jokebox......... I had this last week and I remember it with relish Fast talkan instant interviewwith... DJ YoDa DJ YoDa, 32, real name Duncan Beiny, is a hip hop turntablist who uses samples to create a cartoony musical style. He performed at last months Sony Ericsson Night of Classic Reinvention. Vinyl or CD? Vinyl definitely. I grew up on straight hip hop and the first 10 years of me DJing I was playing nothing but hip hop, and thats all about vinyl. Although I use lots of technology now, its technology that emulates vinyl. So its definitely vinyl. Club or festival? I prefer festivals as when Im doing video shows, when Im working with audio and video, there tend to be massive screens and huge crowds so its pretty cool to get the video up on a huge screen. Star Wars or Star Trek? Thats a stupid question for DJ Yoda really, isnt it (laughing)? The latest Star Trek movie is really good, though. Tube or taxi? I like a bit of both. I like to vary up my transport. East or west London? West London as carnival is still fresh in my mind. Old Streets a bit sparse and grey. Cheryl Cole or Dannii Minogue? Cheryl (left) -- less plastic face. Early bird or night owl? Work for me is basically a late night out so when I have some time off I like to be boring and stay in and cook and listen to Radio 4 and do old man things. MAX THURLOW Divorce war over 27,000 a MOnTH mortgage Divorce: Charles Miller Smith Payfreeze hitscouncil Court battle: Debjani Miller Smith. left, is fighting husband Charles over the 14m Kensington property, above index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html