reached the most in nearly four years in July, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors . That helped push the value of prime country homes up for the third consecutive quarter, Knight Frank said. House prices in affluent areas about an hour from London climbed 1.6 percent during the three months, while those in the remainder of the south of England climbed 1.2 percent, according to Savills. Homebuilders Rise U.K.s homebuilders have been among the biggest beneficiaries of revived housing demand, with an index of the companies gaining 47 percent this year, compared with the 10 percent advance for the FTSE 100 Index. Persimmon Plc , the largest U.K. builder by market value, rose the most in almost two months on Oct. 9 after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said the stock may increase by 70 percent within six months. Homebuilders are increasing productivity to satisfy new demand, which may be a mixed blessing for country estates. Prices are moving up against a background of four years of low supply in the country-house market, Bailey said. If this positive sentiment pulls in more supply, that will hang a question mark over the sustainability of this growth. For Hudson, waiting to sell his London home proved fortunate as prices rose in the capital, while he said they fell last year where he was looking. Lifestyle Choice Youd see a house listed and a few months later it would still be on the market and the price had dropped, Hudson said.
Britney was last in London two years ago this month when she performed during her Femme Fatale world tour in support of her seventh album of the same name. While her current full PR schedule has yet to be revealed, she will definitely be appearing on this weekend’s Chatty Man show with Alan Carr. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO Miley who? Britney cracks a big smile as she enters the Capital FM Radio studios in London to promote her new album Working it! Britney Spears wore a suitably business-like all black ensemble for her first day of UK PR duties Last week Brit tweeted that she was ‘so excited to come visit London’ and that she was ‘looking forward to seeing a few of my favourite peeps’. In London and loving it! A glam and gorgeous Britney couldn’t wipe the smile off her face thanks to finally being back in London after a two year break Britney had another reason to feel pleased to be back on British soil though. The new Miley Cyrus album, Bangerz, which features a duet with Britney called ‘SMS (Bangerz)’, debuted at number one on the charts yesterday, a good omen for Britney’s upcoming solo release. She told fans her eighth album will be a very special CD tweeting: ‘This next record is going to be the most personal record I’ve EVER made.which means that I need my #BArmy to be a part of it!!’ Britney was filmed recording her vocals for the SMS (Bangerz) duet in Miley’s recent TV documentary. The pair can be seen chatting in a recording studio, where Miley confessed to once being an eight-year-old fan who looked up to Britney.. Working mom! Last week in LA a not-so-glam Britney snuck out of rehearsals for her upcoming Las Vegas shows to hit Starbucks, hoping to fend off the munchies In the meantime there’s plenty to be done to get her racy ‘Work B****h’ single to the top of the British charts when it finally gets a release on November 2, some two months after it has been released worldwide. The raunchy video for the song has already run into trouble with some TV networks only playing it after 10pm. He new album isn’t the only thing that’s keeping Britney busy these days either.
Hertz Provides 24/7 Rental Service For Imperial College London Car Club
Three cars a Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi, an automatic Kia Rio and an all-electric Mitsubishi IMiEV are at the South Kensington campus, while an additional VW Golf BlueMotion 1.6 TDCi is in the Silwood Park campus in Ascot. Further parking bays have also been allocated across the college’s sites in Royal Brompton, Hammersmith, Charing Cross and St Mary’s, Paddington. Members can easily book the vehicles online, by phone, or using a smartphone app and, as with all 24/7 vehicles, RFID technology allows keyless entry to any vehicle in the fleet. While on the road, members have 24/7 one-touch access to the Member Care Centre through the in-car, hands-free telecom technology. All 24/7 rentals in the UK include 20 free miles, congestion charge, cleaning, maintenance and VAT, with standard rates starting from 5.50 per hour. Imperial College London Car Club members will also be able to use the Hertz 24/7 service UK, US, France, Germany, Spain and Australia for hourly, daily or weekly rentals, with any time instant access. Imperial College London is the latest educational institution for Hertz’s 24/7 program in the UK, which also serves Reading University and London’s Brunel University. Hertz 24/7 also partners with over 50 universities in the United States. Hertz 24/7 offers technology-enhanced vehicles in convenient locations across the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain and Australia. Providing round-the-clock access to vehicles for hire by the hour, day, week or month, Hertz currently has 35,000 vehicles (including cars, mini-vans, vans and SUVs) equipped for 24/7 rentals. As Hertz continues to roll out the technology through its global fleet, around 500,000 vehicles are expected to be in the network by 2016, which is expected to be ten times the size of the current car sharing industry combined. Notes to editors: About Hertz The Hertz Corporation ( www.hertz.com ) operates its car rental business through the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly brands from approximately 10,400 corporate, licensee and franchisee locations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,800 corporate and licensee locations in 150 countries. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S.
London Duathlon 2013 – Crossing The Line
As my first ever duathlon approached, so did pre-race nerves, not helped by the wind and rain that showed up earlier than promised and just in time for my 2pm start gun. I neednt have worried about logistics or the weather, though. Neither came close to getting in the way of a brilliant experience that hurt like hell towards the end but was totally worth it for the sense of achievement. Richmond Park was closed to traffic for the event, which seemed to attract a huge range of ages and abilities. The transition area was filled with everything from the latest time trial machines to folding bikes (yes, really!), with skinsuits, Lycra and baggy shorts all on show. Throw in an event village lined with vocal supporters and it all added up to a fun atmosphere. It seemed as though the emphasis was on challenging yourself rather than annihilating the competition, with many athletes taking part to raise money for official charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support . After some fairly strict pre-race literature landed on my doorstep, I was expecting a more formal setup. As a duathlon newbie this was contributing to my nerves a bit (What if I get disqualified in transition? was one of my main worries) but I neednt have panicked. The event village was full of helpful staff to point you in the right direction, with local shop Bikelab on hand to help with pre-race checks (wheels and tyres, brakes, gears and frame, plus the drop test) and any last-minute maintenance issues. Out on the course the routes were all well signposted, and friendly marshals were there at every turn to offer encouragement or instruction. The closed roads were a treat, and the beautiful if sodden surroundings a welcome distraction when the pain really kicked in. Crossing the finish line, the Move Clinics massage tent looked particularly appealing! As for my results, I finished the 5K/11K/5K route 1:17:36, with splits all within the 24min mark (my transitions could have used a little work, at 00:02:42 and 00:01:20). That put me fifth out of 146 women competing in the Super Sprint.