This is a piece I wrote for 24 Housing magazine recently. Last week I was in attendance at the Social Housing Magazine annual conference. Always a good event. Always a stellar line up of speakers. As usual, Julian Ashby, Chair of the Regulation committee at the HCA, did his ‘state of the nation’ session on … More You get what you pay for
Remember that sinking feeling some of you had when you woke up to the news that Brexit had happened? Remember that sinking feeling some of you had when the promises from the leave campaign started to fall to pieces within the first few hours and you realised you had been conned and you wanted your … More Trump card
It’s been a while since my previous blog and a lot has changed. I’m not talking about my (unfortunately as far as I’m concerned) accurate prediction that Brexit would get a small percentage win (here). Nor am I talking about the change of Prime Minister, Chancellor et al. I am talking about my changing appearance … More Guess Who?
It’s been a few weeks since my previous blog, largely due to being on holiday in France. That’s in Europe if you didn’t know. If I leave it the same amount of time until my next blog, Britain may no longer be in the European Union. Presumably we get to stay in the continent of … More Brexit
We are damned if we do, damned if we don’t! We are between a rock and a hard place! These are thoughts I have had over the past few weeks and have really come back to the forefront of my mind today whilst attending the NHF Voluntary Right to Buy conference where again the debate … More I’ll be damned
“Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don’t look around the eyes, look into my eyes. [click] You’re under!” “After hearing our advertisements for the Right to Buy on your local radio station, you will contact your Housing Association to say you want to buy your … More What Right to Buy?
I visited Chester Zoo on Saturday. Yes I visit a lot, I know. We have an annual pass and I believe in achieving Value for Money! Whilst walking past the Sitatunga, en route to the Tigers, two ladies were ahead of us. One then proclaimed “I hate zoo’s! I think they are cruel how they … More Perceptions
In the week of Valentines day, a touch of passion seemed appropriate. It’s been 3 weeks since my previous post. To me that feels an age. To one regular reader it has as well as I was asked by them recently “I haven’t seen a new blog from you for a couple of weeks, have … More It must have been love, but it’s over now…
The other Saturday night my boiler broke down. This happened some 45 minutes before we were due to leave the house to go and see the final night of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Opera House in Manchester. As ‘luck’ would have it, it also happened to be the coldest night of the year, … More Out in the cold
This is a piece I wrote for 24 Housing Magazine. Did you know that when slatted floors are used for pigs kept in groups, the maximum width of the openings must be; (a) 11mm for piglets; (b) 14mm for weaners; (c) 18mm for rearing pigs; (d) 20mm for gilts and sows There are rules … More Living in a pig sty