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Day 8 in the BMJ House

Fiona Russell-Horne

Oh to be (out and about) in England, Now that April’s there Things I have learned in the last week and a bit. Joe Wicks is A GOD. Not only has he made it his mission to keep the nation’s school-children physically active for half-an-hour-a-day (and their far less fit …

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The isolation blues

Fiona Russell-Horne

I myself am best When least in company. Well this is all very strange. Every time I start to write something about the situation we’re in and the effect that the coronavirus is having on the country, something changes. The speed at which things have changed is what’s so alarming. …

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A plague on all our houses

Fiona Russell-Horne

One sickly sheep infects the flock, And poisons all the rest   I feel quite sorry for poor old Rishi Sunak. There he was last week, our newly minted Chancellor of the Exchequer, all scrubbed and shiny at the despatch box like the head boy proudly standing up at his …

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Panic stations

Fiona Russell-Horne

Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall. What do aircrete blocks have in common with Andrex loo roll? Facing bricks with McDougall’s flour or PIR insulation board with rigatoni pasta and Dettol hand-wash? It’s not often you get to write all of those in a single paragraph, …

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The boy who would be King

Fiona Russell-Horne

I think the king is but a man, as I am,: the violet smells to him as it does to me Once upon a time, there was a little boy called Alexander who really, really wanted to run the country. So, he went to a very expensive school and did …

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Time to fly the flag again

Fiona Russell-Horne

What we have we prize not to the worth Whilse we enjoy it, but being lacked and lost, Why, then we rack the value, then we find The virtue that possession would not show us Whiles it was ours. Eleven years ago, three organisations across the construction industry supply chain …

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Back on the merry-go-round

Fiona Russell-Horne

I have been here before. But how or when, I cannot tell. What have the following got in common with each other? Alok Sharma, Dominic Raab, Esther McVey, Kris Hopkins, Margaret Beckett, Gavin Barwell, Mark Prisk, Caroline Flint, John Healey and Charles Falconer? All of them have, at some point …

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Why are there so many idiots?

Fiona Russell-Horne

The greatest of all sins is stupidity Is it the fascination with the forces of nature? Or the feeling that one needs to beat those forces. Or a sense that ‘it’s just a bit of wind/rain/water’? Or the general question: what’s the worst that can happen? Whatever the reason, this …

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Anyone else getting deja-vu?

Fiona Russell-Horne

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly past. After all the hoo-ha over whether we should pay half-a-million quid to have Big Ben chime the moment of the UK’s departure from the EU, after all the celebration parties and the candlelit vigils, I’m surprised  …

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Why giving back can be the best way forward

Guest Blogger - Gareth Osborne

Gareth Osborne from Tarmac’s Cement and Lime business looks at corporate social responsibility and how merchants can best implement it. It’s not all about the bottom line: companies who give back can have better employee loyalty, engagement and productivity. Trust and business growth go hand-in-hand, and those with a successful …

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