London Fashion Week AW21: “An Opportunity For Renewal”:

“ After an incredibly challenging year for the industry, it’s what we all need to lift us up”. This was the significance that Caroline Rush, the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC) attached to the latest LFW (19th – 23rd February) and the fresh scope for creativity it provided, when quoted by the […]

Filed under: Media, Society | Posted on February 24th, 2021 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Outdoor Festive Illuminations Help Alleviate The Gloom:

“We must find new ways to celebrate Christmas this year, to minimize the risks for ourselves and those around us”. What Joan Bakewell, the veteran broadcaster and Labour peer had in mind when she expressed this view on Channel 4 News on 24th November was, for instance, that we shouldn’t on this occasion huddle together […]

Filed under: Society | Posted on December 21st, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Adios Agata? The Exodus of Au Pairs From Britain:

“When our current au pair leaves, I’ll be left without child-care and will probably have to stop working” There’s no way I can afford a live-in nanny”. That’s how a Devonshire-based consultant surgeon foresees his situation if the future immigration status of au pairs has not been resolved by the time the UK’s one-year Brexit […]

Filed under: Immigration & Visas, Society | Posted on November 22nd, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

London Fashion Week: Confounding The Pessimists:

The headlines were dire and the predictions gloomy. “London’s fashion businesses are on the brink and many brands are in crisis”, declared the London Evening Standard columnist, Kate Finnigan in the newspaper on 15th September, just two days before the start of LFW SS (Spring/Summer)21 (17-22 September). To highlight the point, she quoted the acknowledgement […]

Filed under: Media, Society | Posted on September 22nd, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

“Home Sweet Home” – But Not If It’s Rented Or Leased:

“The property market is enjoying a summer boom. The worry is a winter bust”. This was the sombre assessment by the Guardian, in an editorial on 3rd September, of the “frenzy” in house buying which has taken place in Britain during the summer. This has been due, it noted, to a combination of a rebound […]

Filed under: Politics, Society | Posted on September 16th, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Under Pressure: The UK’s English Language Schools:

If you like the idea of owning a Language School, now’s your chance. The online business marketplace, Rightbiz, is advertising 13 of them for sale, 5 of them in London. However, the now retired International House Director, David Will, has forewarned in the IH Journal that if you want to make lots of money, then […]

Filed under: Society | Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Myth Or Reality? : The Health Benefits Of Copper:

How many 1p and 2p coins did the UK’s “Royal Mint” produce last year? The answer; None at all. The reason for this, as the Daily Telegraph columnist, Reena Sewraz has observed, is that there’s currently a combined total of 16.8 billion of them in circulation around the country. HM Treasury concluded there was simply […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Society | Posted on June 22nd, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Clearing The Clutter In Lock-Down Limbo:

“Britain has gone deep-clean crazy”. That was how the Sunday Times columnist, Jon Ungoed-Thomas on 26th April described the sudden, soaring demand for carpet stain remover, washing machine powder and disinfectant products such as Domestos bleach. He cited as an example the members of the parenting site Mumset, who have been utilising the several weeks […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Society | Posted on April 30th, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Phlegmatism & Black Humour: The UK Faces Up To The Coronavirus:

“Keep Calm And Carry On”: That’s been the gist of the advice emanating from the British Government as the epidemic has spread around the country. Coupled with this has been the recommendation, first by the leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg and then by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that we should all frequently […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Society | Posted on March 9th, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

London Fashion Week Adapts To A New Era:

The message was clear from the start of the latest LFW (14th – 18th February). “Now is the time for drastic change in how we do things. We’re in a different world, a world of emergency”. That was the view expressed by Lynne Franks, consumer lifestyle campaigner and fashion week co-founder”, cited by the Guardian’s […]

Filed under: Media, Society | Posted on February 21st, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

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