Be warned.  For the next four weeks, your regular commute from Guildford to London may feel more like an inter-stellar mission from Guildford to Mars.  At 1am yesterday morning an army of almost 1,000 Network Rail engineers descended on London Waterloo station to begin working on a £400 million re-building project designed to provide 30% more capacity at peak times by December 2018.  The work is no doubt essential, but that will be of limited consolation to those of us who didn't book holidays in August and are left pondering just how to get to the office.  That said, if you are taking a well-timed holiday that over-whelming feeling of "smugness" may be premature.  There were reports this week that passport control queues at many European holiday destinations are now routinely longer than the actual flight time!  The Weekly's advice?  How about a de-stressing break to the Shetland Islands?  Yes, it is a long way north.  But, if July's weather was anything to go by, the islands boast more sunshine hours than Cornwall and the only queue you're likely to encounter will be at pub opening time!  

A survey by Union Investment Real Estate has found that an increasing number of investors in the UK and Germany are pursuing an investment strategy based on "same risk - lower return".  The survey suggests that there is focus on security and that (with prices still seemingly rising as fast as your British Gas bill!) investors have had to readjust their expectations.  Perhaps unsurprisingly the survey reports that the logistics and alternatives sectors continue to prove popular, with investors more sceptical about the prospects across Europe for offices and retail.  With only a small minority of respondents predicting a downturn by 2019, it sounds like it's time for the property industry to get inventive.

Normally being an England football fan verges on sadomasochism.  The inevitable pre-tournament anticipation and feverish hype is swiftly replaced by disappointment as England's Premier League "super-stars" stagger out of the group stages with a single point and a negative goal difference.  But, if the men's team generally exit tournaments with a whimper, England's Lionesses at least roared their way into the Euro 2017 semi-final before losing finally to their Dutch hosts.  What with England Women's victory in the Cricket World Cup and Johanna Konta's memorable semi-final showing at Wimbledon, our ladies are certainly showing our lads just how to do it on the sporting front! 

 

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