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I am in the Great Hall – but I want to call it The Great Hall of the People. That is the effect that the Great Hall of the Trafford Centre, near Manchester, has on people.BCSC study tours are a prelude each year to the BCSC conference. Developers point out the finer points of shopping centres that only an anorak would care about.On Monday’s tour, no one needed to draw attention to the features of the Trafford Centre; they jumped out at you assaulting all your senses.Last ...
As the MPs’ expenses scandal reaches the fifth of – only the Telegraph knows – how many weeks, I reflect on parliamentarians’ living arrangements when I began reporting Parliament 40 years ago.They either lived like the haute bourgeoisie or like students.In the last year ...
Before feminism frowned on frivolity, in about 1955, there was a top model who persuaded three lovers to buy her the same mink coat from Fortnam & Mason.One man paid for the coat, while a shop assistant took the cash from the other two dupes, creamed off enough to buy her silence, and passed on the balance to the model.Each lover wined and dined the mink-clad woman, believing he had bought the coat.I reflected on whether this could not ...
I am impressed that twice a year at 7.45 am Knight Frank fills all the breakfast tables at the Dorchester ballroom in Park Lane to present office market reports on central London and the M25.There has never been a spare gilded seat.No fund manager, developer or investor ever dared miss the slick presentations from Knight Frank’s researchers or agents.Surely the 3rd February presentation on central London would be different. The market and the weather were dire.
The Presidents’ Club in Belfast was a fitting place to hear the televised inauguration speech of President Barack Obama on 20th January.There was a fleeting opportunity to gage the reactions of Belfast businessmen to one sentence: ‘Old hatreds shall one day pass.’While the television commentators marvelled at how far black America had travelled, I reflected on the journey made by Catholics and Protestants.The journey led them on that wet, cold Tuesday evening ...
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