Fans at Hazeltine National Golf Club ensure everyone knows who they’re supporting as Europe take on the USA in the Ryder Cup (Image: Ryder Cup 2016)

FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn has had a tough summer.  Back in May, he was arguing with Brent Council over the detail of Quintain's masterplans for Wembley Park, which will see the delivery of almost 5,000 new homes adjacent to the iconic stadium. Objections that seemingly fell on deaf ears. Move forward to July and England were dumped unceremoniously out of the Euros by footballing minnows Iceland, much to the FA's acute embarrassment.  And just as you thought things couldn't get any worse, newly appointed manager Sam Allardyce has fallen horribly foul of a Daily Telegraph sting operation and lost his job after just 67 days in charge. Mr Glenn is now facing some uncomfortable questions about his recruitment process (anyone recall the 2006 Panorama documentary into football corruption?) and will also have to deal with intense scrutiny surrounding "Big Sam's" eventual replacement.  We'd humbly suggest a candidate who hasn't recently dined out with "representatives of a Far East firm seeking to profit from the Premier League transfer market"!

Anyone who commutes into London's Waterloo station on a regular basis will have witnessed the wholesale transformation that is occurring along the riverside between Chelsea Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge.   The pace of construction, on what must be the Capital's largest building site, has been extraordinary as luxury residential tower blocks sprout from this previously unloved section of riverbank.  The regeneration has faced criticism for its focus on high-end apartments creating a "Dubai-on-Thames" that will be out of kilter with London and the needs of its existing residents.  News this week that Apple will be leasing 500,000 sq. ft. at Battersea Power Station therefore represents a  major coup, not only for the consortium of owners behind this seemingly jinxed scheme, but for all those backing the wider Nine Elms project.  That said, The Weekly is still getting over the disappointment that John Broome's 1990's vision to create the world's greatest theme park on the site never came to fruition.  Instead of "a carefully curated mixed-use scheme", Londoners could instead have enjoyed white knuckle roller coaster rides, a huge ice rink, a waterfall and a vast oceanarium big enough to be explored by mini-submarines!  Now that would have been transformational!

Whilst the Labour Party has spent the last week trying, rather unconvincingly, to show a united face under a newly re-elected Jeremy Corbyn, the Conservatives have signaled that the UK's divorce from the EU may take the form of a "hard Brexit".  There is still no clarity, however, on the timing or real form of the divorce and perturbed investors ranging from London-based banks, to Japanese car manufacturers and small British businesses have been seeking further reassurances.  For the time being, however, the politicians rhetoric remains bullish.  The International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, suggested that Europe will suffer more than Britain if it chooses to erect trade barriers and we can always take added comfort from Boris Johnson's Prosecco-based argument.  Boris has based his negotiating stance on the fact that Briton's drink more Italian wine than any other country in the EU.  His message it seems: keep enjoying the bubbles until the "go-slow" negotiating approach gains traction!

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