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The nosy neighbour

Fiona Russell-Horne

Whilst out for a walk the other day I spotted a gorgeous looking house. So, like any law-abiding citizen, I had a good gawp through the fence and then went home and looked it up on Google Street View, Google Earth and net House prices.

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Testing times

Fiona Russell-Horne

Occasionally, when I’m on the Tube, I look around me and wonder how it was ever thought OK to smoke down there. The 1987 Kings Cross fire was started by a carelessly discarded match onto a wooden escalator (despite smoking having been banned on the Underground three years previously) and fuelled by a number of…

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Carillion: part 2

Fiona Russell-Horne

The Carillion collapse will rumble on and on. In many cases like this, the first action is for the company to go “into administration”, with an appointed administrator tasked with finding ways of selling those parts of the operation that can be salvaged and getting as much value back as possible.

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Running Man – lll

Guest Blogger - The Running Man

Firstly I’d like to thank all the donors for their kind support last month: Ian Church of Snows Timber, Steve Durdant-Hollamby of AWMS, John Newcomb of the BMF, Mike Rice of Factor3, Mark Hall of SRS Recruitment, Colin Hambling, Andy Poolman, Martin Earl, Dennis Smith, Fiona Pentney, Tim Dipple.

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Carillion – What the…?

Fiona Russell-Horne

How has it come to this? The UK’s second largest major construction firm has collapsed into liquidation with debts of £1.2bn. BILLION. How does a major firm with huge amounts of work and government contracts – really, important government contracts, mange to run it business so badly that it owes that much? Carillion’s debts are…

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London has fallen

Fiona Russell-Horne

It’s the first week in January so all talk turns to the state of the housing market. Specifically, the first of the house price indices, this time from our old friends at Nationwide.

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