Clowns gather to remember their spiritual father Joseph Grimaldi at a church service with a smile (Picture: Tim Anderson)

Sunday 14 February looks like the pivotal afternoon of the 2015/2016 Premier League season. The current top four are all in action in what Sky can, for once, justifiably call ‘Super Sunday’. Surprise league leaders Leicester visit Arsenal, whilst Tottenham travel to Manchester City. As things stand Leicester are 15/8 favourites. But oh how different these odds were back in August before a ball was kicked. Leicester were a whopping 5,000/1. To put these odds into some context, Southampton are currently 1500/1 to win the Premier League – and they are 16 points behind Leicester with only thirteen games to go. Botham’s Ashes were 500/1 and Ben Curtis winning The Open in 2003 was 500/1. Whilst Frankie Dettori’s seven straight victories at Ascot was at odds of 25,000/1, Leicester winning the title would be the biggest-priced single winner in sporting history. If you are tempted with a 5000/1 bet, William Hill are offering these odds should Elvis be proven to be alive, the Loch Ness Monster be found to exist or Christmas Day being the warmest day of the year!
 
Whilst the Scottish rugby team may have started their Six Nations campaign with two defeats, its capital's office market is faring considerably better. Although the uncertain future political and economic direction of Scotland still concerns some investors and occupiers, there appears no sense of uncertainly among the existing Edinburgh office tenant community. According to research released by JLL, the availability of offices in Edinburgh has now fallen to its lowest level since 2008, with a vacancy rate of just 4.8%. 2015 saw the city experience its' highest take-up since 2001, compounded by 800,000 sq. ft. of offices being converted to alternative uses over the last four years. So whilst some businesses may have reservations about relocating to Edinburgh, it appears distinctly possible that the city wouldn't be able to accommodate them anyway. The battle cry is that the challenges of developing new offices in terms of planning, funding and limiting loss to alternative uses need to be addressed immediately. A battle cry that could also easily be replicated in Bristol and Manchester too.
 
You might love it, you might hate it or you might still be in complete denial about it, but you have to face it, Valentine's Day (today in case you had forgotten!) is a big deal. Folk all around the world still buy gaudy jewelry (because they feel they have to) or organise to go for a 'set-menu for two' in the local brasserie. Whether you are the romantic sort or the cynical sort who believes Valentine’s Day is just commercialism gone mad, the facts are that 14th February is big business. A projected $19.7bn business in fact. Wallethub have released a survey about how people celebrate, spend and search for love on Valentine's Day and it has revealed some rather remarkable/disturbing stats. 53% of women said they would break up with their partner if they didn't buy them a present - cue panic amongst our male readers. One in five people will buy their pets a present, 24% of single people buy themselves a present and within one week of Valentine's Day ending, 1.9 million Facebook users will change their relationship status. We assume that a fair proportion of these are because no gift was received. Gentlemen you have been warned!

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