It appears that Philip Hammond has taken a leaf out of the "Boris book of rhetorical blunders".  The Chancellor this week described the European Union's Brexit negotiators as "the enemy", a remark he subsequently described as a "poor choice of words" and one that is unlikely to help ease the state of deadlock in the Brexit negotiations.  Yet, whilst that battle rumbles on, there was a decisive victory this week in the annual shoot-out to be crowned "Conker King" at the World Conker Championships.  The victor was John Riley, an 85-year-old Chelsea Pensioner who had not played conkers for 70 years.  In modest fashion, Mr Riley down-played his success admitting, "I just stood there.  If you've got a conker that's harder than your opponents then you've won".   What?!  Surely it's down to accuracy, good technique and practice?  Think of all those hours wasted in the school playground practicing if all you needed to do was find the hardest conker! 

The Weekly headed to the offices of Carter Jonas on Wednesday to find answers to the teasing question, "When did sheds become sexy"?  Once the ugly duckling of the property market, investors have recently been pouring over themselves to secure big boxes and multi-let estates.  Never have phrases such as "cross-docked", "clear eaves" and "low site coverage" sounded quite so seductive.  CEO of LondonMetric, Andrew Jones, had one simple explanation for the structural shift that is driving this feeding frenzy. "If online shopping was an Olympic sport", he remarked, "GB would be standing on the podium as gold medalists."  The panelists also provided an insight into the future of the warehouse sector, where increased automation, the arrival of driverless lorries, and reduced on-site staffing levels will all start to influence occupiers and developers' decision-making.  Environmental concerns, primarily the need to reduce pollution and congestion in our cities, will also have an impact on the sector.  We've already seen an example of this with the development of 22 Bishopsgate in the City of London.  The skyscraper was granted planning permission on the condition that all its deliveries go through an off-site consolidation centre.  Less traffic impact on our over-congested urban spaces, more demand for industrial land out of town.

Empty your piggy banks, search the car, and check under the sofa cushions.  As at midnight tonight any original £1 coins you've been hoarding around the house will cease to become legal tender!  Well, officially anyway.  Before you rush to Poundland and spend the money on a collection of chocolate oranges and pencil sharpeners you don't really need, it is worth noting that the likes of Tesco, Iceland and Aldi have all "extended" the official Treasury deadline and will happily take your round pounds until the end of the month.  Panic over.  Until, that is, you find yourself in possession of a faulty new £1 coin.  Apparently some of the new 12-sided coins have been left looking like polo mints after being issued with their centres missing due to a “comedy of minting errors”.  Will Tesco start having to accept doughnut-shaped coins at the checkout too?

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