You can tell that it's nearly Christmas because... 

...it's Sports Personality of the Year time. Twelve of the UK's top sportsmen and women will battle it out tonight for the prestigious award at Liverpool's Echo Arena. Or so the BBC had hoped. Rumours suggest that three of the biggest names on the short-list will not be in attendance. Lewis Hamilton, the 2017 Formula One Champion is one. Mo Farah, who won gold at the World Athletics, is another. Apparently Sir Mo is moving house and his absence has nothing to do with the fact that he didn't make the top three last year, despite winning two gold medals at the Rio Olympics! And the third expected no-show is Chris Froome, this year’s Tour de France winner. The official line is that Chris is in Mallorca on a warm weather training camp and that flying back would severely disrupt his preparations for the Giro d'Italia, which is in May 2018 (!!!). However, following the announcement of his failed drug test this week, The Weekly isn't recommending Chris changing his plans. That said, his interview with Clare Balding or Gary Lineker would probably be the highlight of an evening where boxer Anthony Joshua is expected to scoop the top award. 
 
... the property industry has started making its predictions for 2018 and assessing how well it fared over the past twelve months. And judging by CBRE’s latest monthly index, the UK property industry can head into the Christmas break with a bit of a swagger. For it was announced this week that UK commercial property total returns hit 10.20% at the end of November. Pretty impressive given the IPF Consensus Forecast in November 2016 was 1.30% for the whole of 2017. It will come as no surprise to The Weekly readership that industrials continue to lead the way, showing further capital value growth of 1.50% in November. The retail sector also recorded capital value growth in November (0.2%), whilst in the office sector, capital values also rose 0.2% despite the City sub-market recording a decrease of 0.1%. So what should we expect in 2018? Bull and Bear will be back early in the New Year with their reflections and predictions, but the IPF has already kicked things off by stating that the 2018 Consensus All Property Total Return Forecast will be 4.0%, along with lower rental growth for all property types. Then again, the consensus was wrong by nearly 1000bps for 2017!
 
... the Darts World Championship is back on our TVs. Michael van Gerwen is looking to defend his crown, whilst Phil 'The Power' Taylor is aiming to bow out with a bang as he prepares to hang up his darts. The 57-year-old has won sixteen world titles over a twenty-five year period which has seen the tournament move from the dingy Circus Tavern in Essex to the 2,500-capacity ‘Ally Pally’ (Alexandra Palace), the total prize fund increase from £64,000 to £1.8m, and the winner’s cheque increase from £16,000 to £400,000. Not bad for a sport that might not even be a sport! If you've never watched the darts before, you should expect to see grown men dressed as Teletubbies or Where's Wally, comical signs and plenty of chanting in what is widely described as London's longest-running Christmas party. And of course there are the darts players themselves who come with a whole range of rather bizarre nicknames, ranging from Snakebite, Jackpot and The Muffin Man, through to our festive favourite, Frosty the Snow Man (Mark Frost). If you’ve ever been curious to know what your darts nickname would be, care of Sky Sports click here
 

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