Hall of Shame: Stoke City Council

Having worked over recent months with Hitex International Group, I find I’m nowadays taking more notice of road surfaces and markings than I ever used to. Possibly much more than might be considered ‘normal’ or healthy. But even without my new-found nerdiness, I would have been horrified by the state of the new road surface […]

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Arsenal finally spend big

Following Arsene Wenger’s declaration that the issue facing Arsenal is only one of quantity in the squad, not quality, I’m pleased to announce my signing for a club record low fee of £204.07. In a statement about the signing, Wenger said “As you know, we have been monitoring every single player in the world 24/7 […]

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Bad news for Biggles the Badger

Slightly disturbing headline on the BBC News website today.  Pilot badger culls approved.  Presumably, this exercise will involve ground-to-air missiles? OK, sorry, its been one of those days. It would explain, though, why you only ever see dead badgers on the roadside (whereas you see living foxes, hedgehogs, etc. as well as dead ones). There […]

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Fundraising for school PTAs – diversification pays

In this guest article,  Julia Worthington of Amber Consulting (strategic fundraising consultants) describes a useful strategy for school PTAs faced with ever decreasing returns from tapping the usual suspects with the usual round of bingo nights, cake stalls, and raffle tickets.  How diversification can be an important fundraising strategy I am a specialist fundraising consultant. […]

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Montpellier 1 Arsenal 2

It was a much less assured performance from Arsenal than at the weekend. I suppose they were away and in a fairly hostile stadium, so we can make some allowances for  that. It was quite a strange game, and unusual in that Arsenal only had a little more possession overall than the opposition. Jury’s still […]

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Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Very enjoyable match today watched in September sunshine courtesy of my shiny new season ticket and understanding wife. Contrary to all the usual pre-season crowing from opposition fans, nonsense from the pundits (Harry Redknapp for England manager and knighthood anyone?), and pessism from the Arsenal boo boys, it looks like we have actually got a […]

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It must be August

“When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.” I’m not sure who first coined that journalistic aphorism, but the BBC have excelled themselves with this story today in the traditional August news drought:           […]

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Hall of Shame: UK Border Agency

“I am looking forward to taking up post and meeting staff and managers throughout the agency and the organisations we work with to deliver excellence.” Rob Whiteman, UK Border Agency chief executive, July 2011 Well, Rob, here’s your chance to do something genuinely “excellent” and show that you’re not just another one of those overpaid, inept, […]

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Eight Day and 30 Hour Grandfather Clocks

Guest post by John Shone of www.antiquegrandfatherclocks.com.  I bought a lovely 1930′s grandfather clock from John, and he is one of our  longest standing clients at Kent House. In this post, John provides interesting background on why grandfather clocks work the way they do. Have you ever wondered why the majority of grandfather clocks were […]

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