Outside Sheffield, two developers as brash and breezy as Hall were fighting over who would succeed in creating South Yorkshire’s own version of MetroCentre. Paul Sykes, another son of a miner and a tyre dealer-cum-property developer, and Eddie Healey, who worked in his family paint firm before running a DIY chain and MFI, both bought land off the M1, and eventually joined forces to create the 140,000 sq metre Meadowhall on the site of Hadfield’s former East Hecla steelworks. … [Read more...] about Has coronavirus sent the out-of-town shopping centre packing?
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There is no official definition of what a family can afford in the UK, but housing charity Shelter says it amounts to 33% of income, while the National Housing Federation says it is 25%. In the US, the Department of Housing says the baseline is 30%; if rent is above this level, families “may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care”. … [Read more...] about Young families priced out of rental markets in two-thirds of the UK
To avoid the abuse of power, all new regulations should be subject to judicial oversight, and have a sunset clause so that they did not remain place after the Covid-19 crisis, he added. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus in Africa: Whipping, shooting and snooping
The former requires a well-informed public; rather than instructing people to “stay alert”, which could mean a number of things – and therefore means nothing – the government should provide them with clear guidance. Rebuilding public trust will be integral to preventing future outbreaks. To a great extent, we are all in this together – but we can’t brush over the fact that some people are affected far more than others, and that the trade-offs inherent in any set of chosen policies are fundamentally political and ethical in nature. … [Read more...] about Will England’s coronavirus crisis get worse this winter?
Soon they were a cult band in the UK. Atem, their third album, was hailed by John Peel as his favourite record of 1973. Virgin Records, in those days a mail-order company specialising in import albums from Europe, shifted more than 15,000 Tangerine Dream albums through the post. Richard Branson realised the band were perfect candidates to launch his record label and shape a distinct identity for it. Froese recalls Simon Draper, Virgin's A&R chief and aesthetic helmsman, 'ringing me in Berlin to say this BBC radio guy Peel was playing Atem to death. Two days later I sat with Branson on the stairs of his Notting Hill Gate record store and signed a contract which was in power from 1973 to 1983. Ten years of rollercoaster experiences began!' Phaedra, Tangerine Dream's debut for Virgin and their first fully electronic album, crashed into the top 10 and by the time the group made their debut tour of Britain in the autumn of 1974 the record's hypnotic pulsations had sold 100,000 copies. … [Read more...] about Kings of the cosmos