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Celebrate good times, Come on

Fiona Russell-Horne

If an earthquake were to engulf England tomorrow, the English would meet and dine, somewhere among the rubbish, just to celebrate the event. I’m giving myself, and you, gentle readers, a bit of a break from the usual whining about politicians and the pandemic this week. Instead, allow me to …

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All a load of greenwash?

Fiona Russell-Horne

If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable. I’m not sure this government is really committed to improving the country’s green credentials. There. I’ve said it. Oh sure, individuals within government are probably convinced of the need to improve our use of energy – …

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29 million…

Fiona Russell-Horne

By the pricking of my thumbs Something (amazing) this way comes As of today, a year and a day since the UK entered its first pandemic lockdown, the country has vaccinated over 29,000,001 adults (that one on the end is me). We are a year into this mess and so …

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A year of living strangely

Fiona Russell-Horne

Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means. Exactly a year ago yesterday, I got on a train to that there London town for an industry awards lunch and networking session. I …

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Merchants: help needed on Construction Product Code

Guest Blogger - Catherine Fyfe

The CPA’s new proposed Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) addresses the credibility challenge facing our industry following Grenfell. Catherine Fyfe, Marketing Director at Polypipe and Deputy Chair of the CPA’s Marketing Integrity Group, explains how the Code was formed, its significance in rebuilding trust and why builders’ merchants need …

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How green is your scheme?

Fiona Russell-Horne

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts It’s a truth universally accepted that the UK construction industry is a major contributor to our carbon emissions and our negative impact on the planet. So, it’s great to see CO2nstruct Zero – the CLC …

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Surprise!!!

Fiona Russell-Horne

Never inquire into another man’s secret; but conceal that which is intrusted to you, Though pressed both by wine and anger to reveal it. My 13-year-old son, with whom I am currently sharing an office thanks to COVID-19, leaned a few new choice words expressing surprise on Monday morning. Well, …

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Road to (nowhere) somewhere

Fiona Russell-Horne

Roads, Marty? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads Roadmap (noun) A plan or strategy intended to achieve a particular goal. Those readers of a certain age will remember shopping trips as children to the local metropolis (in my case, London). There was always, always a man in a raincoat …

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Seismic changes

Fiona Russell-Horne

Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better This time last year , the new SARS-2 influenza virus, what we have now come to refer to as Covid, had just hit these shores, via some chap who’d been in the Far East. A very, very small number …

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Jobs for the girls

Fiona Russell-Horne

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives I got irritated by something I heard on the news last night. Not unusual, I’ll grant. However, this time …

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