Volkswagen cars are loaded in a delivery tower at the plant of the German car maker in Wolfsburg. (Photo: Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters)

At 2.05pm this afternoon, Leicester City will kick off against Manchester United knowing that a victory will secure them arguably the most remarkable sporting achievement of all time. And even if they don't secure the three points they need, they could still be crowned champions tomorrow evening should Tottenham fail to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a ground where they haven't won since 1990! The Weekly has covered choking and outside bets in recent weeks but it only feels right this week to applaud the achievements of 'The Foxes'. This is a team that spent over 140 days of last season rooted to the bottom of the league. A team that has an annual wage bill a quarter of the size of today's opponents. A team whose leading scorer was playing for Fleetwood Town four years ago and whose manager was appointed shortly after being sacked by Greece following a defeat to the Faroe Islands! In a week where we have been starkly reminded of the horrific scenes that took place at Hillsborough some 27 years ago, perhaps a fairy-tale victory for Leicester is just what football and sport needs... even if it does mean Gary Lineker presenting the first Match of The Day next season in only his undies!

Given the terrific attendance at Knight Frank's specialist property breakfast last week, it was easy to leave the event with conflicting thoughts. For example, was the event's popularity a consequence of the current quietness in the UK property market courtesy of the impending EU Referendum? Or was it that the reputation of a Claridge’s cooked breakfast will still get the industry out of bed nice and early? Or perhaps it was just that the 'specialist property sector' is really popular and the industry wants to hear more about it from one of its market leaders? There is probably an element of truth to all the above, but without question, the numbers presented by Knight Frank show a burgeoning market and compelling investment case. Allocations to non-traditional real estate sectors have risen from 4% of the IPD / MSCI universe in 2007 to 8% in 2015, with £13 billion invested in 2015 alone. This accounted for 18.3% of all UK direct commercial property investment. Knight Frank are forecasting that £14.3 billion will be invested in 2016, showing a further 10% increase. If this investment growth transpires, they may well need to find a larger breakfast room next Spring.

Today is May Day and the good news is that the majority of us have tomorrow off, despite probably not being quite sure why. For some the May Day Bank Holiday offers the chance for a lie-in, for others it offers activities ranging from joining an anti-capitalist protest right through to spending an afternoon dancing around a large pole, clapping sticks and waving coloured hankies. Whilst joining a Morris Dancing 'side' may not have made its way onto your bucket list quite yet, this ‘sport’ is, apparently, seeing a surge in popularity after decades of decline. Thanks to the efforts of the governing body, the Joint Morris Organisation, and the decision by the more traditional sides to allow youngsters and women to now participate, numbers of hankie wavers have surged past the 16,000 figure across the UK. In fact, many sides are now too busy to meet their performance requests. Perhaps Morris Dancing is more fun than you can shake a stick at after all!

 

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