There are some weeks when it's much better being an England sports fan than others. The last seven days definitely fall into the less enjoyable category. There's been Ireland's convincing victory at Twickenham, England being bowled out for just 58, and then on Friday night the football team proving, once again, there is absolutely no reason to start getting excited about the World Cup in Russia this summer. The team’s best player is currently injured, the travel distances between the games are huge, Russia’s fans can be extremely hostile and of course, the two nations are currently at loggerheads! A football World Cup does, however, allow the team to wear a new kit and allow Panini to release a new sticker album. But there's even bad news on these fronts too. A kid’s replica England kit costs a staggering £86, whilst Panini have upped the cost of a packet of stickers by 60% (since Euro 2016) to 80p. It will now cost a whopping £109.12 to complete the book of 682 stickers, assuming of course you don't get any swaps! Perhaps it’s time to just concentrate on the other sport coming up this summer...like England's rugby tour to South Africa or the cricket test series against Pakistan and India. Then again after this last week...
 
In a week when the news headlines have been dominated by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, it seems rather appropriate to touch in with the data centre market. It also fits in well given the announcement this week that Zenium will be developing its third purpose-built data centre in the UK, cleverly named ‘London Three’, offering 3,670 sq. m. of space, with an IT load of 9MW (whatever that means!). It will come as no surprise to many that the data centre market is still growing. In fact, global construction is expected to grow by 8% by 2021. The UK is the world's second most popular data centre location after the US and London has a 38% market share in Europe. Google, IBM and Microsoft all opened data centres here last year, eliminating fears of an exodus of providers to mainland Europe following Brexit. Despite headwinds including power generation and the high cost of delivering power, the data centre market in the UK for new-build and refurbishment looks promising. Building services professionals should try to cash in while they can.
 
Whilst the daddy of runs, The Virgin London Marathon, is still not for another four weeks, this morning sees the birth of The London Landmarks Half Marathon. The organisers, baby charity Tommy's, are hoping that the 10,000 runners taking part will not only raise millions of pounds for charity but that the event itself will become an annual celebration of London's grand, quirky and hidden history. To help celebrate the race’s inauguration, The Weekly thought it would share a few facts about some of London’s famous buildings. For example, did you know that in Big Ben, the time is adjusted every year with an old British penny? If the clock is fast, a penny is added to the pendulum, and if the clock is slow, one is removed. How about the fact that 95% of the construction materials used to build The Shard were from recycled sources, or that The Gherkin was made from 7,429 panes of glass, or that despite there being thirty-two capsules on the London Eye, for superstitious reasons they are numbered 1-33. Number 13 has been left out! What would you do without us???
 

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