Home / Blogs

Blogs

517 days later…

Fiona Russell-Horne

People, People who need people, Are the luckiest people in the world Last Wednesday and Thursday, 517 days, or 12,408 hours, after the last one opened, buying society NMBS finally got the Exhibition it had been waiting for. And, to be honest, it wasn’t just NMBS that was anxious to …

Read More »

Taxing issues

Fiona Russell-Horne

The biggest tax rises for several generations, certainly since the begining of the 1950s were announced in Parliament yesterday, and are being debated today. Why? To try and plug the hole in the funding for both the NHS and the UK’s social care bill. Unfortunately, it has to be done. …

Read More »

No words

Fiona Russell-Horne

my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; Sometimes something happens that knocks you so completely off your axis that it puts every other little thing in your life into perspective. When bad things happen …

Read More »

In a handcart, hurtling towards hell

Fiona Russell-Horne

He was left alone! He grew up human! He’s not Evil Incarnate or Good Incarnate, he’s just…a human incarnate- By and large, I’m quite a positive person. Prone to the odd middle-aged grumpy moment, of course, but, generally, more Pollyanna than Private Fraser. More of a glass half-full kind of …

Read More »

It’s still a bit of a mess

Fiona Russell-Horne

By seeking and blundering we learn. The Summer of 2020 will probably be remembered as the quiet before the storm. The Summer where we all decamped to the beach to bask in the hot weather, courtesy of climate change. The Summer that the postponed Olympic Games meant that sports like …

Read More »

So, where do we go from here?

Fiona Russell-Horne

You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. Remember just before the pandemic hit, we were all about the green thing? We were all going to reduce plastic bag use, swap bottles of shampoo and shower gel for …

Read More »

Never give up

Fiona Russell-Horne

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield   A picture tells a thousand words, and some things are worth fighting for. Beijing 2008 age 14 London 2012 🥉 Rio 2016 🥉 TOKYO 2020 🥇age 27 Fiona Russell Horne is away

Read More »

Plumbing the depths. And the heights

Fiona Russell-Horne

If I had my life to live over again, I’d be a plumber. Back in the olden days – before Covid,  the credit-crunch and the 2008-financial-crash, it was a truth, universally acknowledged, that one of the easiest things to do in this industry was set up a plumber’s merchant. All …

Read More »

So close, so close

Fiona Russell-Horne

A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Else, what’s a heav’n for? It was great while it lasted. The England football team’s gallant quest for a huge shiny piece of bling for the St George’s Park trophy cabinet. They will win one. They surely will. Just not this year. Just …

Read More »

Growth spurt

Fiona Russell-Horne

O, it is excellent To have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous To use it like a giant Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Once upon a time there was a small independent builder’s merchant who had ambitions to be a bigger independent builder’s merchant. So, they …

Read More »