Six days later, there were still bits of glass on the pavement and the window was boarded up. But the branch was open for business. Young men in dark suits, with crisp white shirts and disciplined haircuts – “property negotiators” in Foxtons jargon – strode impatiently in and out, upright as young army officers, swinging their company car keys, working on buyers on their company phones. Inside, behind the spotless white reception desk, a young woman in heels and heavy makeup – the “office co-ordinator” – was waiting, as usual, to greet customers. At one of the equally spotless white tables, a nervous-looking client, a casually dressed man of about 30, was writing a list of properties on a pad of paper, as a negotiator watched from the chair opposite. In a short side street immediately round the corner, there were two fresh Foxtons for sale signs. As Chris Millington, a property business analyst at Numis Securities, told me: “Foxtons … [Read more...] about Is Foxtons the estate agent London deserves?
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South Wales police already use live facial recognition. Last year, after a series of court cases, judges ruled in favour of the technology. The Met believe it paved the way for Friday’s announcement, but a warning came from the office of the biometrics commissioner, Prof Paul Wiles: “This is a step-change in the use of LFR by the UK police, given that the technology will be deployed fully operationally rather than on a trial basis. … [Read more...] about Met police to begin using live facial recognition cameras in London
We wrote this album the same way we wrote the first one [2015’s Blue Neighbourhood], though Troye and Leland went to Sweden and did "My, My, My," and "Bloom," so I wasn't there for that. The rest of it we wrote with Bram Inscore in his garage studio. It's just super casual, and that's another thing I love about Troye. He doesn't want any thrills or anything like that, he just wants to work with people. For "The Good Side," I think we were listening to The Smiths, because he had just gotten into that. Around the time we wrote the record, he was just being introduced to The Smiths and The Velvet Underground. He's like a very modern pop person, [but] he's been introduced to more vintage stuff. So those were influential. The whole album [Bloom] is about love and being in your first grown-up relationship. And it's about sex! … [Read more...] about Allie X Teases Upcoming Album ‘Super Sunset’: ‘It’s a Search For Connection in a Heartless Place’
For the more casual art-lover, it’s just as much fun to drive around quiet country lanes snaking over the Wolds. It’s not as wild as the Moors or Dales, but the area is much quieter. The prettiest town is Beverley, where Hockney used to attend concerts in the magnificent Gothic Minster. Beverley makes a good base for exploring the Wolds, and The Pipe and Glass, one of Hockney’s favourite pubs in nearby South Dalton. … [Read more...] about Hockney hotspots: Exploring the glorious Yorkshire Wolds in search of the sights that inspired our greatest living artist
A resident of the second new development to open along the canal this month – a makeshift camp visible from the Observer’s offices – Ojang, 47, has been homeless since January, when he came out of prison having served a sentence for drug dealing. Ojang lived on the streets in King’s Cross before the turn of the century, when it was a much rougher area: “King’s Cross was the place back in the day. It’s where a lot of homeless people grew up very quickly. Many then moved on to the West End.” … [Read more...] about Why are so many people sleeping rough on Britain’s streets?