As the saying goes, "a week is a long time in politics".  The phrase was originally coined by ex-Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the 1960s, but as Theresa May catches her breath over a Sunday morning coffee it may never have felt so apt.  In a week when the PM secured Royal Assent for the Brexit Bill, paving the way for her to trigger Article 50, she has been fighting daily fires on the domestic front.  First up, her Chancellor was forced into a humiliating Budget U-turn on his key budget measure to raise NI contributions, a measure Mrs May had fully supported; the PM then locked horns with her Scottish counterpart, Nicola Sturgeon, who chose this week to call for a second "once in a generation" independence referendum; and back at party HQ a new Tory election expenses scandal has fast been gathering pace.  Mrs May would be forgiven for wanting to hop aboard the now hotly-disputed "2015 election battle-bus" and head for the hills.  And if it couldn't get any worse for the under-pressure PM, the Chancellor she recently relegated to the back benches is now set to become full-time Editor of the Evening Standard.  She had better hope that George has buried the hatchet on that score!

According to the CBRE EMEA Investor Intentions Survey, London has held on to its position as the most attractive city in Europe for real estate investment for the sixth successive year.  The results of the survey will have come as welcome (and timely) news for the attendees at MIPIM as UK real estate professionals mixed with their European counterparts in the Cannes sunshine.  And in a week of official launches, the newly-released 2017 Tech X The City report  stressed that the City is uniquely placed to become the number-one global tech hub, predicting that a new wave of technology, media and telecoms companies will rapidly diversify the profile of occupiers.    All reassuring news that the Capital has not been set adrift by the looming spectre of Brexit.  It has, after all, been a centre of trade and commerce for over 2,000 years!

For those of us who enjoyed yesterday afternoon's Six Nations rugby finale (we won't dwell any further on the Irish victory in Dublin!), it was difficult not to wince at some of the hard-hitting tackles flying in.  Playing 80 minutes of international rugby these days is likened to being involved in a car crash (!) and it's not hard to see why.  But rugby, it seems, is no longer the most dangerous sport around.  Trampolining in the UK hasrecently exploded with over 140 venues springing up around the country.  However, the new family craze for somersaulting around a converted warehouse is not without its risks.   According to figures obtained by the BBC, more than 300 ambulances were called out to trampoline parks in the last year, with broken legs the most common reason for the call-out.  So for all those parents thinking that "one somersault to show off to the kids can't hurt", it probably can! 
 

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