Six million visitors and seven million litres of beer – the world’s most famous beer festival started in Munich this week. (Image: Michaela Rehle / Reuters)

The UK's relationship with Europe has been the dominant news story of 2016. Brexit this, Brexit that. Well, this week the politicians will stand aside (hopefully), with the focus instead shifting onto twelve professional golfers and their captain, Darren Clarke. The 2016 Ryder Cup starts on Friday at Hazeltine National in Minnesota in what will be Team Europe's first attempt to retain the trophy since the UK voted to disengage from the lands of Seve Ballesteros and Bernard Langer. Seven Brits, two Spaniards, one German, one Swede and one Belgian will join forces to give Team Remain another chance to use their 'better together' posters and flags. The pressure however is firmly on the USA team to secure a victory. On paper they once again have the stronger side in terms of rankings, with seven of the world's top twenty in their team. However they have lost the previous three and eight of the last 10 meetings entering into this year's event. The Ryder Cup is unmissable TV, and if you fancy a cheeky taster of what probably lies in store next weekend, this short compilation of all-time highlights does just the job. Come on Team Europe.
For real estate professionals interested in cities, domestically or globally, this week has been akin to a kid entering a sweet shop or a pig discovering that the farmer has left out some fresh muck to roll in. First up, we had Knight Frank release their 2017 Global Cities Publication which compares property markets in thirty-two of the world’s leading cities. It is a publication full of interesting facts such as that over 60% of the world’s citizens now own a smart phone or that an estimated four billion people live in cities, up 23% on only ten years ago. And then on Thursday morning, GVA co-hosted the third Core Cities UK Summit at Euston which brought together city leaders and senior industry figures to discuss and debate the role of the private sector in trying to drive a rebalanced UK economy. The economic implications of Brexit have clearly added an extra layer of complexity but given the number of people who attended the event and the passion of all the speakers, there is certainly a feeling that the UK core cities can assist to make 'Britain a country that works for everyone'. A strategy for ‘delivering inclusive growth’ is at the heart of the thinking, with the property industry expected to play a prominent role.
Thursday 22nd September was the Autumn Equinox, the day when night and day were almost exactly the same length. For most of us, Autumn is associated with the shedding of leaves, misty mornings, harvest festivals, dark nights and new TV series. The season also offers us the chance of becoming a World Champion… at conkers. What more could we ask for? The opportunity for fame and glory without the aggravation of having to treat our bodies as temples. The World Conker Championships has taken place every October since 1965 in Southwick, Northamptonshire. Thousands gather to watch modern-day gladiators battle for glory, armed only with a nut and twelve inches of string. There are separate events for men, women and juniors, with the winner in each category led to the Conker Throne and crowned with conkers. This year's competition takes place on 9th October 2016, with those interested still able to enter. But for those who are tempted, beware that pre-baking conkers is strictly not permitted!