Otto the bulldog builds up speed on his way to setting a new Guinness World Record for a skateboarding dog (Photo: Guinness World Records).

In a week when the Russian doping scandal rocked athletics and led to wider questions over the integrity of professional sport, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate "true" sporting achievement.  Thursday marked the 11th annual Guinness World Records day, with thousands of people around the world trying to secure a place in the record books during a 24 hour period.  This year's new records included the fastest 100 metres on all fours and the longest basketball shot made blindfolded - a staggering 69 feet!  However, top spot undoubtedly has to go to Otto the Peruvian bulldog for his triumphant attempt at the "longest human tunnel travelled through by a skateboarding dog".  The video of Otto hurtling fearlessly into the record books is a reassuring reminder that dedication, speed and skill do not always need to be accompanied by a state-sponsored drugs programme.  And spare a thought too this week for Sepp Blatter.  Not only was he admitted to hospital after a "small emotional breakdown", but he has also surely lost his title as the world's leading sports villain!  That title must now go to Russia! 

The results of the IPD UK Lease Events Review 2015 show that average lease lengths on commercial property are at an eight year high.  The average lease length currently stands at 7.2 years.  This is a positive sign for investors who are benefiting from longer-term lease commitments coupled with the high proportion of tenants (43%) now choosing to renew their leases on expiry.   Investors, however, should also recognise that tenants will continue to demand flexibility - with break options becoming more prevalent too.  In the modern business era where the majority of leases are still for a term of one to five years, a strong landlord-tenant relationship is ever more important.

E-commerce giant Amazon revealed this week that it is preparing to adopt delivery processes used in India to cut costs in the UK and other developed markets.  Amazon has had to adapt its delivery strategy in India to cope with the country's choked roads and grid-locked cities.  In response, Amazon and it rivals have set up logistics networks and often use motorbikes instead of trucks.  One rival has even tapped Mumbai's dabbawalas (the century old distribution system for home-cooked lunches) who famously claim to make less than one mistake in every six million deliveries.  Taking this innovation process to its logical conclusion in Britain and it may not be too long before 1-click on Amazon Prime is the signal for a dabbawala to appear at your front door with a parcel and a steaming tiffin box containing your lunch!  

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