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

Comment – Here we go again…

Well here we are again; staring down the barrel of a second wave of the Coronavirus and on the very cusp of being forced into a second UK lockdown. The gradual easing of restrictions seemingly came too soon and COVID-19 cases are on the rise. And while we’re not yet at the stage of having…Read moreRead more

Comment – What would Fred say…?

On Thursday night last week, we hosted the first-ever Demolition Technology 2020 virtual event. It was watched live by thousands of people from literally across the globe, and it has even watched thousands of times more by those that – for one reason or another – couldn’t take part in the live event. The event…Read moreRead more

Comment – Game Over

Why attempting to attract young people into the demolition and construction sector via comparisons to computer gaming is folly. There is no greater sign that a youth trend has peaked than when it is adopted by the mainstream. I was a teenager at the time but I distinctly remember watching as a children’s TV presenter…Read moreRead more

Comment – Start the Conversation

On World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, can we all take a moment for a chat? Do you ever look at the TV news and ask yourself “why are we still talking about this?” Why are we still talking about hunger and poverty in Third World countries? Why are we still talking about racial and gender…Read moreRead more

Comment – Someone else’s problem…

This time last week, I received an email from an MSc Building Surveying student from Kingston University who is currently writing her dissertation on “designing for ‘end-of-life’ of high-rise buildings in London”. She wanted to pick my brains on the subject; a process that could be completed in a matter of seconds. I explained that…Read moreRead more

Comment – Neither fish nor fowl

They are not hurt directly so their plight often goes unnoticed. But make no mistake. Accidents can have more than one victim. True story. Some years ago, someone I know was on their way to work in London. There had been torrential rain overnight, and the train station through which he was hurrying was puddled…Read moreRead more