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Agent P

Agent P: When will it end?

2020-03-27T00:00:00+00:00

3.40pm, 27 March: day 14 of self-isolation. Late afternoons are the worst. Too early for a beer, too late for a snooze.

Spin class

Spin class: Hard times

2020-04-02T00:00:00+01:00

The hardest thing this week hasn’t been persuading my elderly parents not to go to Waitrose, saying no to that third glass of wine or staring enviously through the windows behind clients’ faces on Zoom at beautifully manicured lawns and acres of rolling countryside.

Foot and Mouth disease sign

This week in… 2001

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) urged the government to act as the effects of the foot-and-mouth epidemic spread beyond farming and tourism.

Somerfield, Claycross

This week in… 2005

A consortium of investors led by real estate tycoon Robert Tchenguiz made a £1.5bn bid for supermarket chain Somerfield.

The Shard

This week in… 1999

Developer Irvine Sellar gave a “cast iron” guarantee that his £350m plan for the skyscraper that would eventually be known as The Shard would not be altered or “dumbed down”.

King's Cross Central

This week in… 2006

Argent won planning consent for its £2bn regeneration of King’s Cross Central. The decision from Camden Council followed six years of negotiations and more than 11 planning applications.

Generator Hostel, Paris

This week in… 2017

Queensgate Investments’ Fund II acquired Generator Hostels from Patron Capital and Invesco Real Estate for €450m (£393m).

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