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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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At least it’s not still January

Fiona Russell-Horne

In spite of all their friends could say, On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day, In a Sieve they went to sea It’s feast or famine with this industry. Either we’ve got too much stock and no one wants it, or builders are searching eBay for bags of plaster …

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Because Covid

Fiona Russell-Horne

The computer says no There are great many things wrong with this pandemic and what it has done to us. The horrifyingly high death ratefor starters. In fact, let’s just take a minute to look at that death rate. As I write, it has just been announced that it has …

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Good news for a change

Fiona Russell-Horne

But there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green. Almost the first lesson you learn on Day One of a job as an editorial commentator is that if you slag off the government there will …

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OMG. USA. WTF: Part 2

Fiona Russell-Horne

I fear your voice has lost its charm, Sauruman Well. This has been an interesting week.  I make no apologies for re-using the headline I used on the morning of November 9 2016 when it became clear that the United States had become so disenfranchised with politics that it elected …

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