Here we go again. Theresa May has fired the starting gun on another General Election campaign, taking the whole nation by surprise in the process. One potential voter the PM clearly didn't consult on the decision was this week's unlikely star, "Brenda from Bristol", who greeted the news with "Not another one! Oh for God's sake."  Brenda's incredulous reaction to the prospect of another vote became a viral hit and #BrendaforPM has been trending ever since! Whilst Brenda has admitted she has no idea what Twitter is and has been spared much of the social media storm, her comments have clearly struck a chord. Since 2014 we've endured a Scottish Referendum, a General Election and a divisive EU Referendum. We now face six more weeks of highly-charged campaigning before we find out whether Mrs May's confidence in the polls is justified, or Mr Corbyn can rally support for "the People" versus "the Establishment". Who knows, we could even end up with a coalition in Westminster with the SNP holding the keys to power. Just look across the Pond.  Stranger things have happened!

Another UK General Election, another potential excuse for investors to hold fire on decision-making. Yet whilst a snap Election does mean a period of short-term uncertainty, there is growing evidence that foreign investors have seen only opportunity in the wake of the Brexit vote. According to Savills, The City of London recorded the highest volume of quarterly transactions in Q1 for ten years, with transactions totalling £1.9 billion and Asian purchasers accounting for 64%. And it is not just The City that appeals. Outside of London there was news this week that a South Korean investor is poised to acquire IM Properties' 700,000 sq. ft. distribution centre at Hams Hall, Birmingham, for a price in the region of £100 million. Brenda might think we are in state of "chaos", but if you're an investor looking to place your money in a global real estate market, the definition of "chaos" is relative! 

As The Weekly hits your inbox, more than 50,000 runners will be gathered nervously in Greenwich Park awaiting the start of the 37th London Marathon. Most of our readership will know at least one or more competitors who will be braving the arduous 26.2 mile course. A very small minority, however, may be hoping to run a slightly "shorter course" without anyone noticing. The Marathon organisers estimate that on average two or three racers each year try and cheat the system. This year they'll do so at their peril!  Ex-marathon runner Derek Murphy will be monitoring the race from his home computer, ready to catch out any participants who post a truly "unbelievable" finishing time. Not only will Derek be looking at suspiciously fast race times and missing splits, he'll be verifying start line and finish line photos and, if necessary, reviewing bystander footage. In last year's New York Marathon, for example, a lady called Cindy appeared to have run the race of her life. That is until Mr Murphy revealed photographic evidence that this particular petite brunette had miraculously morphed into an athletic looking man for the duration of her 3 hour 17 minute race!

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