Can hospitality cause hostility?

Can hospitality cause hostility?

We all accept that an offer of a hot or cold drink is a welcoming gesture in the home.  Extending such hospitality in a business setting is very much the convention but the standard that is set varies enormously from organisation to organisation. I have been offered supermarket freeze dried...

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Buy to Let – don’t risk becoming a victim of mortgage fraud

Buy to Let – don’t risk becoming a victim of mortgage fraud

A defendant was jailed earlier in July for stealing the identities of landlords and attempting to take out mortgages in their names.  This is technically known as ‘Property Title Fraud’ and the fraudster takes out the mortgage against the landlord’s property title, pockets the money and leaves the landlord (the...

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The Alternative Daily Commute:

The Alternative Daily Commute:

For the capital city that has been voted as having ‘the best public transport in the world’ by the online company TripAdvisor, London does not take full advantage of the main thread that sows the capital city together. In the same poll London’s public transport system was also voted as...

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Doggett’s Coat and Badge

Doggett’s Coat and Badge

When Queen Mary was on the throne, London’s food and commodity supplies in and waste out were largely supplied by boat. The London river was its main artery. Throngs of sailing boats stood in the pool of London being unloaded and the river buzzed with traffic. Lawlessness was rife and...

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Who’s driving Bristol cars now?

Who’s driving Bristol cars now?

Beginning  life as an aeroplane maker, The Bristol Aeroplane Company was founded in 1910 and was both one of the first and one of the most important British aviation companies, producing many notable aircraft, including the Bristol Fighter, the Bulldog, the Beaufighter and the Brabazon. Interestingly, much of the preliminary...

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Awana – Restaurant Review

My Editor, Kate Hawthorne and I visited this stylish Malaysian restaurant and we had a delightful evening. The name ‘Awana’ means “in the cloud” in Malay and the decoration on one of the walls symbolising clouds is very imaginative. The restaurant has been invited to participate in « Taste of...

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Chabrot, Bistrot D’Amis – Restaurant Review

Situated at 9 Knightsbridge Green, a little lane-like cut through, Chabrot occupies one of those central, but slightly tucked away spots, which I rather like. Except in the most Chic Parisien quarter’s, Bistro’s are about the food of the people, cooked well, with its roots in the tradition of the...

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Unlock hidden value in your home

Local homeowners who travel are realising that they can unlock value in their properties by letting their homes to discerning guests. Chelsea residents, Anthony Doyle and Craig Illman have launched Exclusive Places after recognizing a need for tourists looking to stay in local homes as an alternative to often mundane...

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Plans to axe heart surgery unit at Royal Brompton Hospital are “flawed and unlawful”

The Royal Brompton Hospital branded the proposals to shut down the children’s heart surgery unit at the hospital as “shot through with legal error” as it sought a judicial review to challenge the closure of the department. It is the first time an NHS organization has taken the health service...

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Feastival Clapham Common

Festival Season, that beautiful time of year which is as engrained in the British psyche as the national love of tea or Indian takeaways along with permeating and unavoidable discussions relating to anything and everything weather related. I find it fascinating how many adjectives, metaphors or similes exist in the...

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