One of Britain’s narrowest house is on sale for £235,000. The home in Haringey, London is approximately 83 inches wide and has a reception room, kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor and two bedrooms upstairs. It was built in 1996 in a driveway between two houses. The owner said: “I’m confident there are quirky people who will want to buy it – as it is cheaper than many one bedroom homes in this area”. The 7 foot wide house is to be auctioned on October 1. The narrowest house in London is believed to be a property on Goldhawk Road, Shepard’s Bush which is 65 inches wide. It was sold for £488,500 in 2006 but is now estimated to be worth about £950,000.
The summer transfer window is now shut until January and after its usual last minute wheeling and dealings . We take a look at some of the controversial signings that were made in the last few hours and days of the summer transfer window.
Considering all the players Arsenal were linked to, Falcao, Reus, Cavani, etc, I’m not sure this is exactly what the Arsenal faithful were wanting or expecting. It seems a bit of a panic buy to be honest, people will always point to his goal record, but he has to be fair been played out wide for most of his United career. With such players like Rooney and RVP ahead in the peaking order, it is not exactly surprising. Coincidently this does have reminiscence of the Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool transfer and we are aware how successful that was.
He’s a good player, don’t get me wrong, however, we all know Chelsea’s summer recruit Diego Costa is the number 1 striker. Some would say Remy would be better off signing for a different club to guarantee first team football, yet if he is happy being second to Costa, then so be it, and I’m sure he will score goals when given the chance. Of course, there will be starts for him, obviously not as many as he could have had elsewhere. On that note it is important to remember Chelsea play roughly 60 games in a season and Costa who is slightly injury prone, will definitely not be playing every game.
Liverpool were undoubtedly in desperate need of a striker after the departure of Luis Suarez, and let’s face it Mario is in desperate need of proving himself as a truly class player. To have the potential and gift he has, to be remembered as some nutter who sets fireworks off and goes toe to toe to with team mates and managers isn’t what players want to be remembered for. No one at Liverpool is asking him to be an angel but if he can find the balance of enjoying football without being extreme, it could be a perfect.
Both Falcao and Di Maria are world class signings. But United’s defence needs to be stronger if they are to become the team they used to be. As of now, the league is beyond them and maybe top 4 is too. Do not get me wrong Falcao is one the best strikers in the world, no doubt about that, but what Man United desperately needed was a boss in midfield and defence. I thought players Like Joao Moutinho or William Carvalho would have been signed to address the midfield options and players like Hummels to address the defence issues.
Dr. “T.L.” Gray is a religious scholar and an environmental activist. He earned a B.A. in Religion from Trinity International University, a M.Div. in Theology from Morehouse School of Religion, a S.T.M. in Philosophical Ethics from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Ethics from Vanderbilt University. He currently resides in Harlem, New York and frequently travels to speak at schools, churches, and conferences concerning the social and ethical obligation of environmental stewardship. A frequent speaker and panelist, Dr. Gray has lectured in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Europe.
The following is the reasons why he will not be participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; “Over the last few days my timeline has been filled with videos supporting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Initially it was only a few random friends and a couple of shares of people I didn’t know. More recently, however, this challenge has been joined by celebrities such as Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Marlon Wayons and several others.
As one who engages in the critique of culture, I am critical of the notion that participation is this cause is merely a fun way of raising awareness for a good cause.
First, I believe any endeavor to raise awareness regarding a social, political, or health issues within society is fundamentally a good thing. However, there are currently 1.6 billion people in the world who suffer from water shortage, water scarcity, or water crisis. Many of these individuals reside in Africa and are without the proper finances, international support, or infrastructure to rectify their situation. Nearly 1.2 billion do not have access to clean drinking water and close to 1 million children under the age of 5 in undeveloped countries die annually from diarrhea. Consequently, the dumping out of clean water by so many Americans in the support of this “good cause” is an example of global ignorance at best.
This picture recently posted on social media helps to convey that reality.
Secondly, as a black man, there are certain issues that are critical to my ethnic community. Primary among these are black male incarceration, also known as the New Jim Crow, rising rates of poverty and unemployment, police brutality, high blood pressure, environmental injustice, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, high school dropout, etc. Although finding a cure for ALS is a worthy cause, statistics state that 93% of patients affected with ALS are Caucasian. Consequently, this is far from being a critical issue within black communities.
Given the current uproar regarding police brutality perpetrated against black men and critical attention to the flawed criminal justice system that fails to value black and brown lives, one should ask if supporting a movement to find a cure for ALS is the most efficient use of black’s time and resources? Or does it depicts the normalization of whiteness in American culture, which causes no one to question why so many black people would dump water on themselves in support of finding a cure for a disease that primarily affects white men.
Finally, a word must be said about the trend following and #hashtag culture in which we live that promotes the uncritical support and unreflective participation of any cause that is currently trending. Such practices rarely go beyond the surface of the hashtag or video post they evoke and fail to make any significant or substantial difference. I think about the “hoodie pics” everyone posted when #theyweretrayvonmartin last year and wonder how many are still engaging in efforts to repeal gun laws or to due away with “stand your ground”? Is anyone still #occupyingwallstreet? And what ever happened to the 270 #bringbackourgirls that were abducted in norththern Nigeria?
Until someone answers these questions not only will I not be participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I will not be participating in any other cookie-cutter, fly-by-night, psuedo-ethical social media initiatives that fails to critically engage or substantively improve the conditions in which it seeks to address. That being said, here is an amazing organization that is building wells and bringing clean water to communities desperately in need.”
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We have all become accustomed to headlines about the rise of property value. House prices alone since the start of 2014 have risen by 20% in London; with the value of property rising faster than wages. It would be a misconception to assume that private landlords are doing well for themselves. Reason being rental rates are not a true reflection of property value, instead they are more likely to be driven by wage levels. Consequently, if tenants are not seeing significant growth in their incomes, they won’t be willing to pay more of their salary in rent.
Property letting expert Kate Faulkner explains: “The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that rents in Britain rose by one per cent in the 12 months to December last year. Regionally, rents grew most in London by 1.6 per cent, and by one per cent in South-East, while in most other regions they grew by less than half of one per cent. If inflation is going up by two per cent, this potentially means that, as a landlord, your rent is only rising by half as much as the cost of living. For those relying on rents for income, this isn’t great news”.
So with rising property prices and below inflation rent increases, added pressure is on landlords. Making the efficient management of cash flow and the accurate calculation of rental yields more important than ever. Especially when more than one property is owned, with multiple tenants and mortgages to go with it.
With more regulatory changes expected in the future, such as the tenants fees that came apparent in May this year. Landlords must keep on top of their finances while also monitoring maintenance schedules and keeping important dates linked to their rental agreements. This is where Direct Line for Business’s have stepped in with their new Mobile Landlord App. What has been specially designed for busy private landlords, some of the app’s key features include:
- A finance section that allows landlords to calculate their rental yield and track income and expenditure by both the rental contract period and the tax year.
- A one-stop place to securely store tenancy details.
- Regular updated articles written by private letting experts covering all aspects of buy to let mortgages.
The app is free to download for iPhone and Android phones, it allows landlords to manage up to five properties; all information inputted in the app is kept safely and are not given to third parties.
George Galloway claims to have “declared Bradford an Israel-free zone”, saying that he wants the city to reject all Israeli goods, services, academics – and even tourists, as shown in the video below. His comments are now being investigated by West Yorkshire Police, after receiving two complaints.
Even if you aren’t religiously inclined, if you care at all about the sorry state of rap music you should say a short ( or even really long) prayer of thanks to the hip-hop Gods for the new Common album Nobody’s Smiling. It’s fitting that he’s reached the very impressive milestone of a 10th album with such an ill piece of work.
It’s also very fitting that your boy has continued to have his longtime boy and fellow Chicago-rilla No ID, who, as well as his earliest work, produced 2011’s The Dreamer, The Believer, ( good but not as good as Nobody’s Smiling) sit behind the boards for the whole set.
It shouldn’t be such a big deal, but it’s very refreshing to hear a mainstream rapper on a major label release an album that deals with the numerous socio-economic problems in the hood with an intelligent forward thinking approach that doesn’t sugarcoat the realness. In an era when so many rappers are more than happy to do whatever foolishment the industry requires of them to be successful, it’s kinda like a big deal. The excessive violence in the windy city definitely isn’t a joke.
Common is undoubtedly one the game’s finest, and is one of the few rappers to have released quality hip-hop from the golden age of the early nineties until now. As he spits on No Fear: ‘Many reign but the game never weathered me.’ Even Common’s less well received albums ( Electric Circus, Universal Mind Control) were the result of genuine artistic leanings rather than anything his A&R or manager told him to do.
The best tune on the album is probably Kingdom, but it might also be Rewind That. The former has a shuffling beat and a chorus whose harmonies sound like something slaves on the underground railroad would be singing; the latter sees Common apologise to No I.D for his bad mind ways during the Like Water For Chocolate era before reminiscing on many of the things that made the late J Dilla great.
Harold ‘Noonie G’ Ward, a former member of the Gangster Disciples, and an advocate for peace in Chicago, recently called for artists and athletes to do or say something about the ridiculous levels of violence in the Chi. Nobody’s Smiling is one of the important statements about the situation so far.
Fernando Torres has been making a habit of missing these kind of opportunities, to help compound matters Diego Costa scored on his debut in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Olimpija. Throw in Didier Drogba’s arrival at Stamford Bridge and you wonder if Torres has any future under Jose Mourinho.
Juan Mata describes Manchester United’s acquisition of Louis Van Gaal as perfect for the club.