The annual Rise of the Jack-O’-Lanterns exhibition features more than 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins in La Canada Flintridge, California. (Photo: Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty).

And so the Rugby World Cup 2015 has ended, with New Zealand beating Australia 34-17 yesterday to become the first team to lift the Webb Ellis trophy on three occasions. Whilst the tournament proved to be a damp squib for the northern hemisphere sides, 'England 2015' is rightly being lauded as the best Rugby World Cup ever. Packed stadiums, a major upset thanks to Japan and exhilarating rugby from start to finish. The tournament has also allowed rugby fans, young and old, to regularly watch the haka. Whether it be the offerings from New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji or Samoa, it is hard not to be left in awe of this tribal war dance. And if the England rugby team wanted some proof that practice does indeed make perfect, then they could do worse than watch this short clip showing the haka's evolution over the last 40 years. However, the haka has not always been as slick or as intimidating as it is today. In fact in the 1970s it resembled a bunch of drunken dads dancing at a 60th birthday party...a description that also mirrors England's World Cup performance!

The end of the World Cup, along with the end of half-term, signifies, rather depressingly, the start of the run-up to Christmas. It won't now be long until the Coca-Cola truck is seen on our televisions again. It also signals the climax to the final buying season in the UK commercial property market. It will now be full throttle to get buildings bought and sold and money invested before Santa arrives. And according to Lambert Smith Hampton, there are going to have to be a lot of deals completed in the next few months to see 2015's total investment volume surpass that of 2014. According to their latest UKIT which was released on Friday, £48.5bn has been invested so far this year, meaning another £13.2bn is required to match 2014's total of £61.7bn. For the first time in twelve months regional investment exceeded London, reflected in the average lot size falling from £35m to £25m. Assuming this average prevails in Q4, this means 55 deals of £25m need to be completed before Christmas – that’s more than one £25m deal every other day. Frantic times lie ahead.

'Hello, can you hear me?' are lyrics in Adele's new song Hello which was released last week. The answer Adele is a categorical 'Yes we can'. The single is already breaking records. Within 72 hours of its official release, the video had been watched 67 million times on YouTube/Vevo and it currently has been watched over 168 million times. It passed the 100 million mark within six days, making it the second-fastest ever video to reach that milestone in YouTube history - second only to 'Gentleman' by Psy (which took only 3 days). Whilst Adele's worldwide popularity cannot be questioned, Hello still has a long way to go to become the most viewed YouTube video of all time. That title also belongs to Psy with his song 'Gangnam Style' which has been watched over a whopping 2.4 billion times. The popularity of his song has baffled many but researchers at Oxford University this week declared that dancing to it can increase your pain threshold. So, if you are looking for an excuse to jump back onto your imaginary horse, there you have it.

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