Comment – Gender imbalance begins at home…

Here in the UK, when schoolchildren turn 14 they are expected to make an educational decision that could shape their future careers and even lives. They are required to select which lessons and classes they wish to pursue; and which they wish to abandon for their final years in high school. This is known colloquially…Read moreRead more

Comment – Coming Clean…

About a week ago, I was made aware of an incident on a site in Nottingham here in the UK. No-one was hurt; but reporting on incidents, accidents and fatalities is the biggest single downside of my chosen profession. However, a week on, and having received numerous photos of the incident in question (14 –…Read moreRead more

Comment – The possibilities are endless

It is 1 January 2021 as I sit down to type this. I am sat at a new desk, beneath a new video lighting rig, in my new-look office/studio. On the desk in front of me is a brand new notebook. That notebook is currently empty. Like the year that stretches before us, that notebook…Read moreRead more

Comment – Batsh*t crazy decision…

Disproportionate fine as wildlife crime comes home to roost. Before we begin, I want to assure you that I am as big an animal lover as the next guy. There are currently two boxer dogs under my desk, both of whom came from a rescue home. I once adopted an orang-utan for my daughter. I…Read moreRead more

Comment – A sense of foreboding…

It’s way over eighteen months now since we revealed that the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) had turned its investigative spotlight towards the demolition industry. Indeed, it was initially thought that an investigation into alleged collusion involving as many as six UK demolition firms would have been concluded back in September 2019. As that deadline…Read moreRead more

Comment – And now the wait begins…

I was busily adding some last-minute polish to the pilot episode of the new Construction Collective LIVE show yesterday, so the news of an industrial explosion in Avonmouth passed me by. By the time I emerged from what I laughingly call “the studio”, it had been confirmed that four men had lost their lives. I…Read moreRead more

Comment – The gift that keeps on taking…

It was a year that promised so much: a year for new beginnings, new adventures, and new, exciting plans. But 2020 destroyed all of that. The hope of new beginnings and new adventures quickly became a battle – both figuratively AND literally – for survival. Those exciting plans now lie in tatters; decimated by a…Read moreRead more

Comment – A cacophony of cards

As regular readers will attest, I have opinions and I am not afraid to share them. But when I do so, I am ever mindful of the act that I am just a journalist. I speak from the periphery. I am an interloper. I am, as the rather graphic expression goes, “outside pissing in”. However,…Read moreRead more

Comment – History repeating…

Regular readers will know that there’s little I like more than a football analogy. It is my personal belief that all human life is replicated and mirrored on the pitch; all of the highs and lows of emotion; the trials and tribulations; the successes and the failures. And I have an especially timely one that…Read moreRead more

Comment – Walking Away…

Regardless of industry or chosen profession, it is not unusual to hear entrepreneurs and company founders describe their company as their baby; and for good reason. A new company is often born out of a moment of passion. In its first year or two, it requires constant attention and nurturing. It causes endless sleepless nights…Read moreRead more