Tower blocks, once considered an evil social experiment foisted by bureaucrats and architects on the working classes, are being built at a rapid rate in London today. They're not called that any more, obviously – they're apartments, residences, stunning developments or luxury living solutions – and they lack the things that tower blocks used to have, such as open space, double-aspect flats, lots of storage space or low rents. But residential, tower-shaped buildings are, after a short gap from 2009-2012, rising. On the Isle of Dogs, the 74-storey Hertsmere Tower has just been unveiled by the Irish developer Tom Ryan, which will actually be taller than the adjacent office blocks of Canary Wharf. Given that London is in the middle of a housing crisis, with rents rising as fast as they were during the boom, an argument might well be made that this could ease the problem. The simplistic call of "build more homes!" appearing on both benches of parliament, is visibly being … [Read more...] about London is a property developers’ paradise. And ordinary people are being priced out
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Kyle Richards received a topless lap dance from online funnyman The Fat Jewish during Tuesday's episode of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. The 48-year-old reality star threw an event for the Instagram personality's new line of rosé wine in the hopes publicity would help promote her Beverly Hills store. But she got more than she bargained for when The Fat Jewish, real name Josh Ostrovsky, stripped off his T-shirt as she sat on a couch and started gyrating provocatively. Lap dance: Kyle Richards received a lap dance from The Fat Jewish during Tuesday's episode of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills In an episode where Erika Girardi, 45, made a tearful visit to her mother and the graves of the grandparents who raised her, the most eye-catching moments happened during the launch event at Kyle's store. The Fat Jewish had seemed to be joking when he said that 'someone's getting a lap dance' but he hadn't 'chosen who,' with Kyle replying: 'I mean, it's my store, it should be me.' … [Read more...] about ‘It should be me’: Kyle Richards receives lap dance from The Fat Jewish during store party on RHOBH
Remember how Alik made an appearance last season, called Ryan an 'angry bear', got pushed into a table with a champagne pyramid on it and then went back to America? Well he's in London again, having done an art college recce last year. He didn't actually get into any art colleges but he's decided to come back to London to just 'get a studio and paint'. Presumably he thinks he's some sort of modern-day Olga Boznańska. In homage to the late Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright, he and Jamie are riding through the streets of Fulham on a motorbike and side-car. Jamie has to get out though to buy a bouquet of overly-priced flowers so that he can go to Heathrow and pick up a brunette woman who looks like Tina from S Club 7. New series: Made In Chelsea returned with the first episode of series 15 on Monday evening Matching brunettes: Jamie and Harry both shared cheeky kisses with their love interests, who are both new to the show Alik parks the bike in a … [Read more...] about Made In Chelsea: Harry and Jamie have found matching brunette girlfriends and Louise is thinking of trading Ryan’s promise ring in for a new chest of drawers
Virgin Media is currently writing to its cable customers to tell them their bills are going up. The changes will add up to £48 to bills for people subscribing to broadband, phone and TV packages. Following hot on the heels of contract wrangles that saw customers temporarily lose access to 10 channels and rows over £240 early exit charges , some experts are saying it's time to ditch the provider for good. Virgin justified the increases by pointing to the investments it has made in its services in the past year, coupled with a rising tax bill. “Increasing prices is not a decision which we take lightly,” a spokesperson told Mirror Money. “We work hard to keep our prices competitive while continuing to invest in our network and improve the services we offer our customers. “This year’s price increase is lower than last year while broadband usage on our network has increased by almost 40% in that time, with approximately 60% of total traffic now due … [Read more...] about Virgin Media announces price rises for 5million broadband, phone and TV customers
MANCHESTER CITY’S Champions League fate lies in the hands of five Uefa judges after they failed to get their Financial Fair Play case thrown out yesterday. It is a dispute that confuses most fans so, here, MARTIN LIPTON explains all... WHAT ARE THE ALLEGATIONS? Uefa investigated claims that City had hidden millions in funding by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners under the guise of legitimate sponsorship income. The probe was launched following the Football Leaks document dump of City emails and letters. It is understood Uefa determined City were guilty of “cynical” attempts to deceive their financial chiefs. City — owned by billionaire Sheikh Mansour — have attacked the publication of “illegally hacked and out of context emails” and vehemently protest their innocence.WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY? City had asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to throw out the Uefa complaint. They claimed there was no case to answer and questioned the legitimacy … [Read more...] about Man City could face Champions League ban after losing appeal to block Uefa’s FFP probe – but what does it all mean?