#findBelle

Belle – SHE’S MINE. This car is nearly 40 years old and a bank of memories and moments #findBelle

Feet to Remember

I was in the midst of the battle of Passchendaele it was 1917, and I was lost amid shells, bombs, grenades, bullets, mud, blood, bodies and extreme human destruction.  In my dream I walked from the battlefield back to modern day Canary Wharf, clean, clinical and constructive – and yet I didn’t feel any calmer…

Accessible Housing Beyond Battersea

Agreed percentages of uncompromised housing are made ‘accessible’ to more than would otherwise be the case thanks to Section 106 of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act and a number of financial support schemes from the Government.  Perhaps a more accurate term then would be ‘Accessible Housing’.

Rooster booster

As we wave goodbye to the mischievous Fire Monkey, ambitious, adventurous and irritable.  We herald the dawn of a Fiery Rooster, trustworthy with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. If the global sentiment that brought us Brexit and Trump accurately reflects the Monkey’s mischief then employers all over the world should look to…

Making social media pay

A brief word to anyone organising panel discussions – I’ve just attended two panel-led debates in succession. The fundamental difference between them was audience interaction.  The first allowed a few quick questions at the end and the second included audience participation for at least half the time. So back to that ‘word’ (sorry, it’s actually 3) –…

Property, an alternative asset class

When the Private Rented Sector Initiative (PRSI) was created by the government in 2009 institutional investors in the UK were slow to take up opportunities presented.  Since then increased focus on housing supply and a recognition that overseas investors –  familiar with this model in their own countries– have benefited from UK schemes, have highlighted some…

There’s something about Freddie

“Hello, I’m terribly sorry to disturb you but a friend of mine is setting up a business, it’s a great idea and I’m just helping him out by seeing who might be interested in hearing a bit more about it?” The doorbell had gone while I was in the midst of a complicated spreadsheet and…

Mrs Brightside on buy-to-let

Back in the news last week was the extreme escalation of house prices confirming home ownership an impossible dream for many and yet today the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has confirmed speculation that growth has slowed significantly in the last 3 months.  The Resolution Foundation, working with data from the ONS, reported that…

Mrs Brightside on Brexit

“Doors to automatic” – I’m en-route to Switzerland, emails can’t ping and I have an hour and ten minutes to take stock.  The shock has passed and as we move beyond the craziness of campaigning I find among my friends and colleagues, quiet Brexiteers and two groups who leant the other way.   Of the latter,…

Saluting oceans crossed

The murder of Jo Cox resonates across the country.  Indeed across the world.  Another brutal awakening to the holes in our ‘system’ but perhaps also to our attitude towards those working in public service.   As Stephen Kinnock voiced on the BBC this morning, politicians have started to expect acts of hatred and abuse, today exacerbated…