Engineering minds

  Engineering and infrastructure  with stimulating and significant ideas in the latest John Browne’s book with empathy for history and place including 15th century Venice highlighting in addition to its trade, ships , glass and architecture, printing centre pioneering the spread of ideas in a Renaissance version of today’s internet and iPhone. L Serenissima was…

Standard stake sale to Saudi sutlan triggers public interest

The Saudi buyer’s buying of stakes in the Independent and Evening Standard newspapers has been thrown doubt after the government said it was “minded” to intervene in the deal on public interest grounds. Russian Businessman Evgeny Lebedev has sold minority stakes of the two titles to Sultan Mohamed Abuljadayel over the past two years to…

Help to. Buy significant market risk

Help to Buy was introduced by David Cameron’s coalition government in 2013, with the aim of helping more people to get on the property ladder, instead  63 per cent of people using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme could have purchased their properties without it, and 19  per cent were not first time buyers. According…

Grenfell Tower tragedy remembered two years on

Seventy-two people died when the blaze broke out in the 24-storey block of flat on Latimer Road, North Kensington, West London, just before 01:00 BST on 14 June 2017 exactly two years ago. Why Grenfell Tower burned as regulators put A mosaic memorial, garden and a silent walk are part of the remembrance dedicated to…

REVIEW OF PAVAROTTI – NEW DOCUDRAMA  IN  CINEMAS NOW

In many areas of The Arts, there seems to nearly always  be an artist who ultimately wears the crown for being the  most  superlatively gifted and talented of them all.  This applied to Pavarotti and he is sorely missed on the circuit worldwide.  With a personality as well as a talent that was larger than…

Warner’s century ensures Australian victory

  ICC World Cup Cricket County Ground, Taunton Australia Vs Pakistan Australia   307 ao (49 ov) Warner 107 off 111, 11 fours, 1 six; Aaron Finch 82 off 84, 6 four, 4 sixes, S Marsh 23 off 126, 2 fours, Amir 5-30, Shaheen 2-70, Hassan 1-67, Wahab 1-44, Hafeez 1-60.  Pakistan 266 ao (45.4 ov)…

King of good times booed

Embattled liquor tycoon and fugitive   63-year-old Vijay Mallya “King of Good Times” who is awaiting extradition to India, and wanted in India on charges of fraud, money laundering and defaulting on loans amounting £102m was met with chants of “chor chor” ( Thief, Thief) at The Oval cricket ground on Monday where he had gone…

Obituary: Marguerite Brennan 94, diplomatic reporter

I first met Marguerite Brennan when working at World Times 68 Fleet Street in 1980. As our Embassy Reporter, Marguerite had a job where she had not only to be on her very very best behavior but also needed to dress impeccably for every Embassy Party or Ambasadorial function wheresoever she went in London. That…

1killed after Helicopter crash lands on AXA Tower

A helicopter twin-engine Agusta A109E, crash–landed on top of a skyscraper in Manhattan, which killed the pilot Tim McCormack. The incident sparks a rooftop fire, which was extinguished after some workers were rescued from the tower but none were hurt. The office building close to Times Square shook from the impact, New York Governor Andrew…