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Pomp and circumstance in the time of Covid

Fiona Russell-Horne

If I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it – keep going, keep going come what may I’m guessing the black Range Rover is a damn sight easier to keep clean and Covid-safe than the gold State Carriage. It was still …

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Sofa, so (not very) good

Fiona Russell-Horne

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters They got him for tax evasion in the end. Al Capone, that is. After years of violence, gun-running, whiskey bootlegging and general mafioso-type nastiness, old Scarface, Public Enemy No 1, was undone by his reluctance …

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Fuelling our future

Fiona Russell-Horne

If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me. What’s that white box on the wall?” asked an American friend walking into the kitchen in my old house for the first time. She had trouble believing …

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Girl talk

Fiona Russell-Horne

That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing. History was made on Saturday afternoon, in a Liverpool suburb. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ‘behind-closed-doors’ nature of this year’s Grand National horserace meant the cheers and tears …

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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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