One month into his Presidential term in the White House and Donald Trump this week claimed that his administration is running like "a fine-tuned machine".  Given the turbulent start to his Presidency there are many who might question this assertion, although the President himself clearly appears entirely convinced.  When challenged by the BBC's John Sopel on the short-lived travel ban Trump claimed a "smooth rollout" of the ban simply fell foul of a "bad court".  The Donald is only rivalled in the quote-of-the-week stakes by our very own Boris Johnson.  The Foreign Secretary reacted to former Prime Minister Tony Blair's call for the nation to "rise up" against Brexit by suggesting the British people simply "rise up and turn off the TV" the next time Mr Blair graces our screens!

There was welcome news for London this week as Snapchat signed up for another 20,000 sq ft of office space at 77 Shaftesbury Avenue in Soho, tripling its presence in the Capital.  This follows a string of other high profile tech lettings in London in recent weeks, including the likes ofFacebook and Apple.  In what is an increasingly challenging business environment this is indeed a positive sign for the London occupier market, especially given that business and IT services made up 48% of Central London office take-up in 2016.  This shifting occupier trend seems set to continue, but keeping up with the fast-changing trends in the tech industry isn't such an easy task.  For those of you who have only just cottoned onto Facebook and have never even heard of Snapchat (and you are unlikely to be in the minority!), the Snapchat app now boasts over 10 million daily users in the UK alone.  Not bad going for a company only founded in 2011.  One of the principal concepts of Snapchat is that users can share instant messages and pictures that disappear without trace after a few seconds - a feature likely to appeal to anyone who has been "tagged" in an embarrassing Facebook picture!  Hopefully Snapchat's new international hub in London is a rather more permanent fixture.

Whether you are single, or in a relationship, successfully navigating your way through the pitfalls of Valentine's day is always a challenge.  Does she really just want a Clinton's card and a take-away?!  Yet, according to the Economist, the search for love is costing Briton's £39 million a year as con artists on dating sites actively target singles looking for their perfect match.  The police have uncovered call-centre-type operations where fraudsters conduct detailed background searches and compose scripts before approaching innocent singletons.  It seems that the usual modus operandi is for the fraudster to gain the unsuspecting victim's confidence and then fake a dire emergency (often en route to the first in-person rendezvous) in the hope of soliciting money.  All decidedly unromantic!  Unfortunately it often works as British singletons are particularly susceptible to hard luck stories - Britain is, after all, the top-ranked country in the World Giving Index.  So for those in search of love online, beware the honey-trap!  True love is difficult enough to find without accidentally falling for a thieving lothario in a Nigerian call centre!    

 

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