Posts Tagged ‘London’

Carney Cripples Savers for Years With Rates Pledge: U.K. – Bloomberg #savers #pension

September 9, 2013 Leave a comment

cropped-tomb-commonsense.jpgCarney Cripples Savers for Years With Rates Pledge: U.K. – Bloomberg.

Seems a bit harsh to kick Mr Carney in the ‘painfuls’ when his predecessor Mr King failed to even spot the financial crisis. Either way neither will go hungry.

Common sense and fairness, not really!

Westminster City Council’s 9-inch double yellow lines thought to be UK’s smallest | Metro News

September 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Double Yellow Line and Kerb

Double Yellow Line and Kerb (Photo credit: Dominic’s pics)

Westminster City Council’s 9-inch double yellow lines thought to be UK’s smallest | Metro News.

Have you ever wondered why the world is in such a mess?

I’d love to know how much money Westminster Council paid the contractor?

Is there ANY hope for future generations?

Common sense, just common sense.

Is London building a Sterile City? #lifelesstowers

Open-City Architecture News.

Voice your opinion on the Open City website.

Clearly there is opposition to the endless creation of tower blocks, have your say.

Common sense, don’t risk sterility

English: The City of London skyline as viewed ...

English: The City of London skyline as viewed toward the north-west from the top floor viewing platform of London City Hall on the southern side of the Thames. In the foreground: Dixie Queen and Millennium Time at Tower Millennium Pier. This is a 5 segment panoramic image taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Another part of London to be desecrated? #homes #starbucks #mall #EarlsCourt

London Mayor approves £8bn Earls Court plan Ι Construction Enquirer.

Let’s stuff in another 7500 new homes into an already overcrowded city, strain the public transport system even more and more. Make sure there are a couple of tall landmark towers, which are totally out of context with the surrounding residential area and make sure they block out the light to the remaining residents.

Let’s build another multiplex cinema, a Starbucks, a McDonalds, some phone shops, another supermarket and a Nandos.

Earls cLets throw in a couple of hotels as well, build some cycle lanes and narrow the road access for cars. Chuck in another 20 years of transportation chaos and building grime whilst the development is completed, for good measure.

When it’s finally built, we can all moan about how many of the homes are in the hands of overseas investors, either as second homes or as rental units and then we can complain about how much landlords are overcharging.

And finally goodbye to Earls Court, an exhibition and conference venue that has hosted, amongst others, events at the 1948 Summer Olympics, the volleyball events of the 2012 Summer Olympics, music concerts, Motor shows, Ideal home exhibitions and so on.

Does the building itself have some historical and architectural significance or would Londoners prefer another aseptic tall tower block, with a restaurant and a few penthouse flats at the top?

You decide by voting on this poll.

Sorry Boris but I think you’ve really lost the plot.

The benefits of cycling #TFL #London #hypocrisy #twotierbritain #fairness

bikeTfL Figures Show Bikes Are 25% Of London Rush Hour Traffic | Londonist.

On the face of it these figures look very encouraging. After all, where else in the world can you use the roads under the influence of alcohol, drive up one way streets the wrong way, drive through red traffic lights and best of all, no tax, no insurance, no laws.

Hardly surprising that there is so much ‘congestion’ in London with cars and buses trudging behind the cycling revolution. Lucky that motorists are paying all the taxes to keep the roads in good order then.

Common sense, get on your bike! #free #lawless #society


The cost of failure in the City of London #austerity #fail #sad

January 11, 2013 Leave a comment

City Wine Bar to Install Rooftop Barriers And Employ Guards After Fourth Jump Death
2013-01-11 15:23:01.658 GMT

Telegraph reporters
Jan. 11 (Telegraph) — A City wine bar has employed a
security guard and will install high barriers to prevent people
committing suicide after four people fell to their deaths.
The Coq D’Argent restaurant at No 1 Poultry in the City of
London will install the 2m-high protective measures after four
people fell seven storeys to their deaths in five years.
Security guards will question anyone found alone on the
rooftop bar, next door to the Bank of England.
Volunteers from the Samaritans have given training to staff
at the restaurant, a favourite with financial workers.
The plan was heard at the inquest into the death of banker
Nico Lambrechts, 46, who jumped to his death after being unable
to pay his children’s school fees.
The City of London’s health and safety officer, Rachel
Sambells, said Government regulations on suicide hotspots meant
talks were underway to raise the height of the wall on the
terrace to 2m by using metal bars.
She said: “The measurements of the barrier itself was fully
compliant. There’s no direction of a dereliction of duty.
“In the longer term proposals are for a raised barrier.
“The terraces have been closed off in the main part and a
security guard has been employed to patrol the area.
“If anyone is up alone up there he approaches them and makes
sure they don’t have the same intention.”
British Library worker Rema Begum, 29, jumped from the same
restaurant just a month before Lambrechts after losing her job in
a row with bosses.
Stockbroker Anjool Malde, 24, jumped clutching a glass of
champagne in 2009 after being suspended from his job at Deutsche
In May 2007 Richard Ford, 33, also a City worker, threw
himself off the building, landing on a bus.
Mr Lambreacht’s widow wept as City of London Coroner’s Court
heard how the father-of-three, who lived in Cobham, Surrey, had
contemplated ending his life after he was unable to transfer cash
from his native South Africa to pay for school fees for his
The South African died of multiple injuries, including
severe head wounds, climbing over the terrace just after midday,
minutes after a long phone call with his wife Adele, captured on
His GP, Dr Mark Jenkins, told the court how Lambrechts was
healthy apart from being slightly overweight.
He added: “I didn’t have the opportunity of meeting him but
I understand from his widow that he was under an enormous amount
of pressure from his new work which must have become unbearable.”
The court heard how when the South African had moved his
family to London at his previous employer, financial giant
Merrill Lynch, the process had been managed for him, but at
Investec had to organise it himself.
The man who hired him at Investec Asset Management, Domenico
Ferrini, told the court how Lambrechts had moved to the firm,
which was due to move back to Cape Town, on July 1 last year
after years at the rival company.
He said: “He was very interested to start with and it was a
wonderful opportunity within our growing business.
“I think there were a few things he was worried about.
Relocating back to South Africa concerned him and the political
climate there – was it the right thing?
“The transition of being very successful in his previous
job, and having to re-establish himself at Investec. I tried to
help him find his feet, that kind of thing.”
Because the firm was due to move to Cape Town, Lambrechts
had agreed to be paid in South African Rand but had struggled to
move cash to the UK so he could pay for his children to attend
private school, the court heard.
PC Trish Robinson, who was called to the scene minutes after
the banker jumped from the rooftop terrace, said it was clear “it
was a very deliberate act”.
She added: “I think it was just general stress of moving
companies, the relocation of his family to South Africa – the
usual stress you have.
“Between three or four weeks beforehand he was at a very low
“He had been trying to get the money situation sorted out
and trying to settle into his job. On one occasion he said he was
going to be home and didn’t turn up, so his wife text him and his
daughter read the text, and he had said he was very low and had
been sitting somewhere and contemplated suicide.”
Coroner Dr Roy Palmer recorded a verdict of suicide said he
was sure that Lambrechts, of Hillview Place, Cobham, had intended
to take his own life on October 11 and was ‘very sorry’ that his
widow had lost her husband in the tragedy.
“I have to be sure, and I am sure, that he intended to die
by his actions,” he said.
“You don’t fall seven floors and go over a wall without
“I do not doubt that he was seriously stressed but I
conclude that he killed himself and I am very sorry that he did
so in such sad circumstances.”