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The Italian touch

Fiona Russell-Horne

In Italy under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. It’s sometimes hard to justify to the troops …

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Designer rads are heating up the market

Guest Blogger - Richard Wheeler, Category Manager - Merchants, Barlo Radiators

A guest blog by Richard Wheeler, Category Manager – Merchants, Barlo Radiators   Gone are the days when consumers’ options were limited to standard white, rectangular panel radiators. Nowadays people have access to a huge array of products and almost unlimited inspiration – all at the click of a button. Whether …

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Anyone got a long spoon?

Fiona Russell-Horne

We shall fight them on the beaches Is anyone else made slightly uncomfortable by the sight of two of the world’s biggest bullies sitting down together with big cheesy grins plastered over their mugs? It can’t just be me surely? There is an argument that runs like this: “Say what …

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Let the train take the strain? Yeah, right

Fiona Russell-Horne

Time flies by when I’m the driver of a train And I ride on the footplate there and back again Under bridges over bridges to our destination   It all seems so easy when you are a child, playing with your wooden Thomas the Tank engine train layout. Train leaves …

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Mother of all thunderstorms

Fiona Russell-Horne

This Spring, I have counted 136 different types of weather inside of 24 hours Mark Twain might very well have been talking about the UK this week when he said the above. One minute we’re basking in gorgeous sunshine, then overnight it  looks like it’s the End of Days. A …

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Merchant Overview- Q1 2018

jnewcomb

Sitting in the spring sunshine we have all but forgotten the cold arctic blasts that swept the country in the first three months of the year.  They certainly had an impact on construction and I think most will agree that 2018 got off to a slow start.   The Office …

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Grenfell cladding in TV expose

Fiona Russell-Horne

The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; TV journalists have a duty to try and be fair and even-handed when investigating an issue. They also have a duty to …

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It’s crunch time

Fiona Russell-Horne

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May How is it possible that we are in the middle of May? I vaguely remember the Easter weekend – something about a lot of chocolate – but otherwise I’m really not sure what happened to much of March and April. What …

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Road wars

Fiona Russell-Horne

“If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, Warning: massive generalisation ahead! What is it about human beings that the moment we get into our cars, we turn into absolute numbskulls, unable to think about or empathise with anyone else …

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Mike Tattam – No longer the Running Man

Guest Blogger - The Running Man

Firstly I’d like to thank all the donors for their kind support during the last week: My friends from the R&PWCGS, Vince and Lisa Di Stazio, Ken and Jenny Pepperrell, John Swain, Cath Golding, Helen Newman of Lakes, Wendy Gillard of Timbmet, John Scrivens of Lakes, Barry Nicholls, Giles and …

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