The Carriage HSE Wed, 18 May 2022 11:15:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Carriage HSE 32 32 Inside the seven quirky properties with prices from just £75,000 including a church, shed and Dutch barge Wed, 18 May 2022 09:39:00 +0000

HAVE YOU EVER dreamed of owning a luxury home to live out your celebrity fantasies? Well, look no further.

When it comes to finding your forever home, you don’t have to buy a standard two-bedroom house.


We bring together properties for sale that are out of the ordinary for bold buyers

From quirky barns to laid-back houseboats, we’ve rounded up the hottest homes in the UK and they’re all priced at £500,000 or less.

Barn, Uttoxeter – £415,000

This barn conversion could be a great buy if you're looking for something more unusual


This barn conversion could be a great buy if you’re looking for something more unusualCredit: Residential Bagshaws
There is enough space for the whole family in this property


There is enough space for the whole family in this propertyCredit: Residential Bagshaws

If the rustic country vibe is your thing, you’ll love this barn conversion.

It has been completely renovated and offers three bedrooms, a living room, a breakfast kitchen.

There are plenty of quirks too, including wooden beams — not to mention the clawfoot tub.

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The barn is in the village of Stramshall, making it a good option for commuters who have access to the nearby M1.

Market towns such as Uttoxeter and Cheadle are also nearby.

house boat, Hartford – £75,000

On a budget?  A houseboat could be a good option for your new home


On a budget? A houseboat could be a good option for your new home1 credit
If you're not prone to seasickness, this could be your brand new home


If you’re not prone to seasickness, this could be your brand new home1 credit

Feel the wind in your hair with this smart find for under £80,000.

Built with two bedrooms, a gas boiler, hob and air conditioning – and did we mention it’s a boat?

Positioned on the western pontoon of the Hartford marina, earthlings do not need to apply.

Situated on the River Ouse there is fishing galore and room to park your own boat.

Car Shed, Ilminster – £500,000

You'll feel like part of the cast of a period drama in this house


You’ll feel like part of the cast of a period drama in this houseCredit: Symonds & Sampson
The property overlooks a large lawn - ideal for children to play on


The property overlooks a large lawn – ideal for children to play onCredit: Symonds & Sampson

Step into a modern-day Pride and Prejudice at this quaint three-bed hostel for £500,000.

This conversion into a coach offers a huge area and high ceilings.

It also has a picturesque courtyard, its own large garden and a dual aspect kitchen and living room to take in the views.

Dutch Barge, London – £400,000

You'll feel like a living captain on this great boat in London


You’ll feel like a living captain on this great boat in LondonCredit: Ian Tichener / River Homes
It has a surprisingly spacious kitchen and living room


It has a surprisingly spacious kitchen and living roomCredit: Ian Tichener / River Homes

“Anny” is a 1924 Dutch houseboat that has recently been converted into residential property.

With two bedrooms, a decorated living area and a large sun deck, she also has a fully functional engine so you’re ready to set sail whenever the mood takes you.

It will cost you £400,000 though – and there are also mooring fees to consider which add another £13,500 to your bills.

Currently moored in Fulham, London, it even has the original captain’s wheel in situ.

Converted Church, Stirling – £75,000

High ceilings and large windows are found in this converted church


High ceilings and large windows are found in this converted churchCredit: Your Move
It looks modern and comfortable inside and it's close to everything you need


It looks modern and comfortable inside and it’s close to everything you needCredit: Your Move

One for those who aren’t easily spooked, this converted church offers spacious living and a gothic vibe for a steal of £75,000.

This is a two bed apartment in the eye catching building, which is located in Alva, a village just outside of Stirling, Scotland.

The kitchen is small but freshly decorated and close to the nearby university as well as shops and cafes.

Parish Hall, Isle of Wight – £499,950

This massive property dates back to Victorian times and has been recently refurbished


This massive property dates back to Victorian times and has been recently refurbishedCredit: Susan Payne Property
It has quirky features like beams, and is light and airy


It has quirky features like beams, and is light and airyCredit: Susan Payne Property

These five-bed homes cost just under £500,000, with local heritage and restorations.

Located in Brading on the Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight, this former Victorian church hall was converted in 2000.

But the building was first restored in 1909 as a memorial to Reverend Edgar Summers.

It is said to have been used by the Home Guard during World War II.

Jacobean Apartment, Ludlow – £500,000

This Tudor-themed property is right in the heart of Ludlow's High Street


This Tudor-themed property is right in the heart of Ludlow’s High Street1 credit
You'll feel like you've stepped back in time living here with all the classic features


You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time living here with all the classic features1 credit

Located in historic Ludlow, this elegant Jacobean apartment is full of original features.

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The four-bedroom apartment is listed at £500,000 and has wooden beams and Tudor windows.

The current owners have exhibited a series of interesting features in their restoration of the property, which is set over three floors.

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Banks must act now to manage the effects of climate change Tue, 17 May 2022 19:06:30 +0000

By Peter Grant, President and Chief Commercial Officer of OakNorth Credit Intelligence

There will continue to be a symbiotic relationship between climate change, credit risk management and commercial lending in the future, and banks across the United States, and even around the world, are keeping a close eye on this. .

According to a survey conducted at OakNorth’s latest Climate Consortium – a group of innovative, climate-focused institutions that are driving commercial lending’s approach to climate risk and opportunity – 59% of participating banks have started creating a plan to mitigate climate risk in their commercial loan portfolio.

These banks are looking at the various risks associated with climate risk, with 74% of Consortium participants saying transition risk is a top priority, compared to 26% who prioritize physical. When considering transition risk, 50% of the Consortium are concerned about sectors with direct impact (cement, steel, coal).

In order to assess how material and manageable their exposure to climate change is, commercial banks will need to develop frameworks, collect more data, and perform quantitative and qualitative scenario analyses.

The major risks

Banks focus on two specific climate risks: transition risks and physical risks.

Transition risks result from adjustments towards a low-carbon economy. Factors influencing this adjustment include climate-related developments in policy and regulation, the emergence of disruptive technologies or business models, changing societal sentiments and preferences, or changing evidence, frameworks and legal interpretations.

Low-carbon policies and technology transitions aimed at mitigating climate change could affect credit risk in loan portfolios and lending strategies.

Physical risks consist of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, fires, floods, heat waves and other weather patterns including changes in precipitation, rising temperatures, sea level rise and desertification.

These events present risks of individual damage incidents, disruptions, and chronic changes in labor, capital, and other business factors.

It’s time to act

Banks are realizing that they need to act quickly to manage the effects of climate change, and those that don’t will fall behind. In particular, banks are looking to get a head start on pending regulations related to climate change and consumer demand.

According to Mark Levonian, former senior assistant comptroller for the economy at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and a member of the OakNorth advisory board, the banking industry is likely to receive formal advice related to climate change from supervisors in the next year, with formal regulations. next thereafter.

With the pressure banks are under from their boards, reviewers and investors – as well as the pace of technological disruption and changing consumer demand – banks have started to act now instead of waiting for the arrival. climate change regulations.

At its latest Climate Consortium, OakNorth was joined by Dr. Michael Lenox, Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Strategy at the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Dr Lenox said: “While this change may have been initially driven by regulation, market dynamics in terms of consumer demand and technological change now far outweigh any regulatory response.

He demonstrated this with an example of the original internal combustion engine automobile. When it came to market, the engine was seen as a solution to an environmental problem caused by accumulated manure from horse-drawn carriages on the street. Nearly 100 years after the advent of the internal combustion engine, the problems caused by the engine are well documented, paving the way for increased consumer demand for electric vehicles.

In 2019, electric vehicles accounted for just 2% of all new car sales in the United States. A year later, it doubled to 4%. In 2021, it doubled again to reach 8%. This year, it should – again – double to reach 16%. So it’s not too big of a leap to assume that in the next decade most car sales will be electric – especially given the push we’re seeing from state regulators in states like California where I live.

Building climate-confident teams

One of the first steps banks can take to manage the effects of climate change is to develop a loan-level understanding of the companies they lend to. Developing an understanding at the lending level starts with having the right people, processes and technologies in place in order to build what we call “Climate Confident Teams”.

Climate-conscious teams are able to work with customers and have conversations about the risks of climate change and the changes they can and should make to their business models to address them.

These teams can then use the data from these discussions with customers to help improve the decision-making process. Banks that hope to be trusted advisors to the companies they lend to must prioritize collaboration so that these companies understand their climate sensitivity and vulnerability and how this could impact their creditworthiness in the future.

Vulnerability of data centers and other critical services to extreme weather conditions

Verification of operational risks is essential. Banks should develop a clear understanding of their existing operations, the entities that perform those operations, the locations where those operations take place, any backup locations, and any cross-sector dependencies.

The banking industry needs flexible, technology-based solutions that can dynamically adapt to new data and enable the analysis and modeling of operational risks, hazards and vulnerabilities.

The biggest opportunity for commercial bankers in a generation

Climate change represents an opportunity for commercial bankers to influence positive change and be part of the solution, while generating significant growth in their loan portfolios and supporting their clients in the transition to the green economy. Armed with the right data, climate change will empower account managers and frontline teams to become trusted advisors to businesses and play a leading role in helping economies around the world meet their net commitments. zero.

About the Author:

With a 20-year career in enterprise software, Peter has led the sales of several iconic companies contributing to their explosive growth and IPOs, as well as driving the cloud revolution. He began his career at Oracle Siebel, where he helped grow revenue from $100 million to $2 billion, growing the number of employees from 350 to 8,000 in just four years. He then joined as managing director of the UK business and was only the 10th employee, but helped grow the company’s revenue from $50 million to $1 billion under the directed by Marc Benioff. He then returned to work with Tom Siebel, joining, where he held a leadership position responsible for all US and APAC releases, reporting directly to Tom. Based in San Francisco, Peter is OakNorths President and Chief Commercial Officer responsible for its revenue and growth, working directly with OakNorth co-founder Rishi Khosla

North Stonington to Lease Gallup House to US Coast Guard Member | North of Stonington Tue, 17 May 2022 00:50:00 +0000

NORTH STONINGTON — A push to convert the John Dean Gallup House space into a cultural center run by non-profit group Milltown Arts has gained momentum in recent weeks, and members of the Board of Selectmen voted on Monday in favor of approval of a short-term lease while volunteers explore viable future options for the site.

Board members voted unanimously on Monday to enter into a one-year lease agreement with a US Coast Guard Academy employee who is beginning a three-year assignment in the area. The tenant, a man in his twenties named Patrick, is described as an outdoor enthusiast who expressed a keen interest in gardening and hiking in his application.

The private lease will earn the city $1,600 in monthly rent, first coach Robert Carlson said, and the tenant will be responsible for all utilities, including heat, electricity and water. The tenant should move in as of July 1st.

“We told ratepayers a while ago that we were going to lease the property and as city leaders we have to stick to what they were told,” Carlson said. “This house is vacant and has not generated income for three years, and we have promised to remedy this.”

“I like the idea of ​​partnering with the Farmers’ Market, using this building for the arts, etc., but I don’t think the time is right,” he said.

The Gallup House, located at Hewitt Farm, is a historic 1750’s home with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, and the rental will include the lower level of the coach house located next to the main house.

The decision went against the initial recommendations of the Hewitt Farm subcommittee, which interviewed four eligible candidates before ultimately recommending that the city rent the property to longtime North Stonington resident Marilyn Mackay after receiving applications following a request for proposals earlier this year.

Sub-committee members had chosen Mackay as the property’s potential long-term tenant – after several years of vacancies, the town went looking for a potential long-term rental – but the quick efforts of local volunteers with Milltown Arts, growing interest in cultural events in the community and outstanding attendance at North Stonington’s first-ever craft farmers market on the adjacent Hewitt Farm property across the street have forged a potential new future for Gallup House.

During the month, growing interest led to a surprise proposal from Milltown Arts volunteers who eventually offered to lease the property to help preserve the historic home while providing a cultural arts center that would sit next to the 109-acre Hewitt Farm. The problem, officials said, is that it has moved so quickly that there is currently no money to secure the property at this time.

Carlson, Selectmen Brett Mastroianni and Selectwoman K. Nicole Porter have each said they support the concept, and Porter has offered tenancy to the approved tenant as a potential short-term solution while the city and Milltown Arts explore whether a long-term partnership on site is a really viable option.

Porter said that in hiring from the U.S. Coast Guard professional, the city specifically selects someone more adaptable and able to relocate after a year or two if the city decides to move in a different direction.

“I’m afraid we’ll tie our hands with this building for several years when we could potentially use it in the near future as a major cultural center,” Porter said.

Carlson said he saw the possibility more likely in two years, but Porter and Mastroianni said they were hopeful that if efforts continued, Milltown Arts could be ready to potentially lease the property as early as a year. Officials warned it was still early in the process and it could potentially take time for the nonprofit to secure funding.

Mackay, a dedicated resident who has served the city in many capacities over the years, attended the meeting via Zoom and expressed frustration with the late decision to consider short-term options for the site, but said also stated that she understood the motive and reasoning and withdrew her candidacy. Already in her 80s, Mackay said she was not interested in moving again in a year or two and hoped her next home would be her last.

Mastroianni said he was weighing the lease hold, a request originally made by Porter who asked for opinions on a 6-month wait before offering to lease the property instead, and agrees with a vision to long term to make the house a cultural centre. He said he was in favor of returning to the subject in a year to see how realistic such a project could be.

“I like the idea that we have a one-year lease in place and will reevaluate at the end of the year to see if we made the right choice,” Mastroianni said. “We will still be in that role then, and then we can respond to it again.”

After missing the playoffs, Golden Knights coach fired Peter DeBoer Mon, 16 May 2022 17:18:00 +0000

Weeks after the Golden Knights missed the playoffs despite going all-in, Peter DeBoer is no longer their head coach. The Golden Knights “relieved DeBoer of his duties” on Monday.

Probably the most interesting part of a canned quote from general manager Kelly McCrimmon was “…after much discussion over the past two weeks, we believe that a new coach will put us in the best position to be successful next season. “

Golden Knights fire DeBoer after missing playoffs; The race ended with the Lehner Rift

Again, most pressing, Peter DeBoer couldn’t get through an injury-filled season to at least get the Golden Knights to the playoffs.

While some NHL teams have been hit harder by volume injuries, the Golden Knights have suffered significant losses with Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty and others. They also traded for Jack Eichel during the season, realizing he was still recovering from neck surgery.

Eventually, this injury bug bit Robin Lehner.

This is where things got stranger and uglier for DeBoer and the Golden Knights. Towards the end of the season, it appeared that Lehner was unhappy with the reviews of his performance, as he was playing injured.

This ultimately led to a weird back-and-forth between Lehner and DeBoer in the media. In the end, the big goalkeeper was closed for the rest of the season.

It’s unclear how much of DeBoer’s rough handling of Lehner factored into the Golden Knights’ firing. Personally, I felt like it made an obscure decision almost inevitable.

A lot of success under DeBoer

Memorably, the Golden Knights signed DeBoer mid-season in early 2020 despite Gerard Gallant’s incredible success. The move helped shape Vegas’ image as a fierce franchise in the run-up to the Stanley Cup. Success was not always a high enough standard.

At present, we still do not know if this instinctive reaction was the right one.

Take a look at DeBoer’s yearly results as head coach of the Golden Knights:

Rest of 2019-20: 15-5-2 (0.727 point percentage), won two playoffs.
2020-21: 40-14-2 (0.732 point percentage), won two playoffs.
2021-22: 43-32-8 (0.573 point percentage), missed playoffs.

A less responsive team might give another chance. After all, the Golden Knights barely missed the playoffs with all those injuries.

But if there is a more responsive NHL franchise than the Golden Knights, the list is short.

It will be fascinating to see A) who the Golden Knights hire as their next head coach and B) if DeBoer gets another top NHL gig. DeBoer had his ups and downs with four different coaching stints, but interestingly he only coached a team for five seasons or less.

Big test for Vegas management to come – assuming they’re still in charge

Over the years, the Golden Knights have been ruthless in dropping popular and productive players to try and become even better. They did not accept the stumbles of their coaches. So far, the top of their front office has been shielded from such substantive decisions.

As a reminder, they didn’t fire George McPhee; he was basically high, while Kelly McCrimmon went up to GM.

There is no doubt that this front office has been a resounding success. Really, they probably set the bar unfairly high for Ron Francis and the Seattle Kraken.

Yet they made their mistakes. For all of the Golden Knights’ successes, they’ve relied primarily on free agents and trades, rather than internal development. When it comes to choosing which perspectives to develop and which to trade, there have been mistakes. Notably, the Golden Knights opted to trade current Canadiens star Nick Suzuki instead of top draft Cody Glass in the Max Pacioretty trade.

For every splash move that was hugely successful (Pacioretty, Stone), there were moves that were either puffs or yet to be determined.

So far, Lehner hasn’t been the upgrade from Fleury they were hoping for.

More discreetly but just as alarming, it is possible that Alex Pietrangelo’s investment is fragile. Consider his underlying numbers via Evolving Hockey:

In a sweaty attempt to take a Stanley Cup to the desert, Golden Knights management began racking up bets that got them into trouble.

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Of course, there were logistical reasons why Evgenii Dadonov’s trade did not take place. But it’s up to Vegas management to rely so heavily on LTIR and other maneuvers to barely stay technically within the salary cap.

It’s the kind of thing that could get a general manager fired, at least if a franchise wants to show that everyone faces such an extreme responsibility. This does not happen.

At least, until now. If you’re like me, you raised your eyebrows at former player Deryk Engelland representing the Golden Knights in the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery.

Assuming the Golden Knights give McCrimmon + McPhee another chance, they have their work cut out for them this offseason.

Right now, the Golden Knights are already projected by Cap Friendly to scratch the ceiling of the salary cap. And that’s assuming they allow free agents like Reilly Smith to walk.

Will a revised Dadonov swap take place? With a tight salary cap situation, how will the Golden Knights improve?

Oh, and of course: who should be the next head coach? For a team that loves collecting big names, perhaps the knee-jerk answer is Barry Trotz. But would Trotz’s overall defensive style mesh well with the roster at hand?

And, once again: should McCrimmon and McPhee make that call? Even those who question DeBoer’s coaching would admit that the Golden Knights’ failed season wasn’t just his fault.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

‘Emotional’ moment Queen’s face lit up when she saw Lady Louise getting into Philip’s carriage | royal | News Mon, 16 May 2022 10:15:00 +0000

Lady Louise, 18, was among the performers at the first major event to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. The Queen was seen emotional as her granddaughter led a parade of horses in a carriage owned by the late Duke of Edinburgh.

Speaking on Good Morning Britiain about the touching moment, ITV News royal editor Chris Ship said: “You have just brought attention to the moment Lady Louise Windsor, the daughter of Edward and Sophie, rode into the arena in the carriage bequeathed to her by the Duke of Edinburgh.

“No wonder the Queen looks a little emotional at times.”

The Queen proudly watched Lady Louise enter the arena.

The tribute was a fitting way to honor the late Duke as the Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne after a year of mourning for her husband.

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The 18-year-old, the eldest of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, inherited her love of carriage driving from her late grandfather, Prince Philip.

Carriage driving was one of Prince Philip’s favorite pastimes.

In May 2017, Prince Philip opened up about how he started driving a car when he quit playing polo at the age of 50.

Prince Philip died in April 2021.

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Prince Philip’s funeral took place last April at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The world was moved after footage emerged from the funeral showing the Queen sitting alone and wearing a mask.

The funeral took place during the third national lockdown, meaning only 30 people attended.


On March 29, almost a year after his death, a memorial service for the late Duke was held at Westminster Abbey.

The service brought together nearly 2,000 people.

The guest included members of the royal family, more than 30 foreign royals and 500 representatives of charities and organizations of which he was the patron.

The quiet Essex life of TV chef Jamie Oliver and the bizarre mystery of his £6million mansion Sun, 15 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000

Jamie Oliver leads a very quiet life in Essex with his family. Jamie and his wife Jools live in a mansion, known as Spains Hall in Finchingfield, Essex, with their five children Daisy Boo Pamela, Poppy Honey Rosie, Buddy Bear Maurice, Petal Blossom Rainbow and River Rocket.

The family have lived in the Grade I listed mansion since January 2019 and the property is worth £6million. But there’s a rather peculiar mystery surrounding his multi-million pound mansion.

Full of interesting history, Jamie’s mansion dates back to 1570 and its main features were created in 1580 with Dutch gables added in 1637 and a Dutch wing added in the 1890s. house belonged to the same aristocratic family since the 1700s.

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While the most recent works were carried out in 2008 and 2010, there have been almost no visible changes to the facade of the mansion. Covering a total of 70 acres, the estate features a six-bedroom farmhouse, converted stables, a three-bed lodge and a cart shed. The house also has a nursery on the top floor, which is said to have a haunted rocking horse that rocks and squeaks in the night.

Jamie’s wife, Jools, regularly updates her followers with adorable photos of their children, while giving a snippet of their lives. Sharing the interior of their home, his followers can see the family’s bright windows and modern kitchen – perfect for TV chef Jamie.

In addition to creepy rocking horses, the TV chef has his own beehive in his garden, where he gets fresh honey. Sharing videos of his huge garden and beehives, Jamie regularly updates his followers on “bee shenanigans” and honey making.

The mansion has already been embroiled in a 150-year-old treasure mystery, after an incident where looters stole some of the family’s silverware before their getaway car got stuck in the mud. The thieves threw the stolen money into the lake, and it was not found until a century and a half later.

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]]> Beautiful period country house with its own bathing lake for sale in Somerset Sat, 14 May 2022 23:00:00 +0000

A beautiful and unique six-bedroom country house with its own bathing lake has come up for sale in Somerset.

The beautifully named Thornfalcon near Taunton is a magnificent farmhouse which has undergone a major 10 year restoration program by the current owners.

It’s gorgeous inside, with great country chic interiors and furnishings like something from Country Living magazine.

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The result is a stunning converted farmhouse with separate shed and this is a very rare opportunity to purchase a period home like this in the Somerset countryside.

The farmhouse is set in lovely gardens with its own swimming lake which is absolutely stunning.

The house has its own lake which can be used for swimming and is set in the beautiful gardens

Great care has been taken to restore this old house to its former glory and to modernize it, traditional materials have been used throughout.

With great attention to detail and sensitivity throughout, the house now has immense charm, character and atmosphere so rarely found.

The library has been well designed with floor to ceiling bookcases and a fireplace with wood burning stove. A generous hall extends to the rear of the house providing a study area with a log locker and a secondary staircase up to the first floor.

There is also a cloakroom. The kitchen is equipped with Plain English cabinets and a large fireplace with four AGA ovens. There is ample room for a large dining table. The dining room is off the kitchen, has hand painted walls and paneling and a large Inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove.

The Coach House is opposite the main house and has a kitchen, dining room, lounge and large double bedroom and can be used or rented out as a separate living space.

Thornfalcon has truly been beautifully and lovingly furnished, it is a dream home for anyone wishing to get away to the countryside, and is on the market with Jackson-Stops in Taunton for £3m.

]]> “I tried to look inside one of London’s 13 mysterious green huts where only taxi drivers are allowed” – Amber-Louise Large Sat, 14 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000

If you’ve done your share of walking around London, chances are you’ve seen a green shed or two. What you might not know, however, is that there are only 13 of these hangars in the city and they are top secret structures.

Sheds are part of the Cabmen’s Shelter Fund and were built at major taxi ranks in the late 1800s to give taxi drivers a place to shelter and have a drink (alcohol was strictly prohibited) or eat a piece when they needed it. Taxi drivers were not allowed to leave a stand if their car was parked there, allowing them to stay put and stay comfortable.

Between 1875 and 1914, 61 cabbies’ shelters were built in London. Today only 13 remain and some of them sell food to the public from an open window. However, only taxi drivers (and people running shelters) are allowed inside.

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The Russell Square shelter was moved from Leicester Square in the 1980s

Since they weren’t allowed to be bigger than a horse and cart when they were built, you’d think the interior of green sheds must be quite small. Apparently, however, they are equipped with benches that can accommodate 10-13 men inside. They also have small kitchens for preparing food and drinks.

Knowing that I had passed many green sheds in my day without stopping to look at them, when I heard about the secretive nature of these structures. We non-cab drivers have to rely on word of mouth from those in the know, but I figured I could at least take a peek inside…even through a window.

No, these things keep their secrets well. My first visit was to the shed in Russell Square, known for serving good sarnies and hot food to the public (but only outside) as well as taxi drivers. Google lists the hangar as open 7am-4pm on weekdays but unfortunately there was no one there when I arrived.

Some of the stalls have nicknames like “the bell and the horns” or “the nursery”

I took the opportunity to take a look at the shed and see if I could see anything through the windows. The windows were frosted with what looked like thick curtains blocking prying eyes like mine. A small high window at the very top of the shed showed a long fluorescent light, but that was it.

The same was true for the taxi drivers shelter at Embankment Place, which was closed when I arrived (it closes at 2pm). A fortress in its own right, there was no chance of glimpsing the allusive interiors. Maybe I should just become a taxi driver. Just two to four years of training and achieving ‘All London’ Knowledge. Oh, and I should learn to drive.

OR I could just wait for the next annual London Open House festival. During the festival, which allows visitors to see and celebrate some of London’s housing, architecture and neighborhoods, some shelters open up and allow the public to see inside what is usually the reserved space to taxi drivers.

The next London Open Day will take place between September 8 and 21. I know where my first step will be.

]]> The Japanese have theirs, we will soon have ours Fri, 13 May 2022 18:33:11 +0000

It’s about commuting to work and back!

Urbanization around the world has spawned transportation systems ranging from bicycles to horse-drawn carriages, buses, cars, trains. The ultimate in trains being the “Bullet” trains which first appeared in Japan in 1964. As a general rule, a journey should not last more than 2 or 3 hours beyond which maintain it daily, 5 days per week, for months in a row, would be somewhat inconvenient. Urban sprawl has been somewhat limited by this need to travel where generally the world’s rail commuter systems, such as the Delhi Metro, London Underground or New York’s transit system operating at an average speed of 100 km/h, would cover 200 km in 2 hours. However, the Japanese found a way to overcome this limit by introducing trains with an average speed of 250 km/h, the bullet-shaped nose of the lead bogie earning it the name “Bullet” train. It connected Osaka 500 km to Tokyo, allowing a daily trip in just 2 hours. Born from the ashes of World War II, the Shinkansen was a bold reaffirmation of Japanese national pride and involved concerted efforts by government, business and the scientific community to prioritize train travel. These state-of-the-art trains run on dedicated tracks usually laid on concrete to minimize maintenance, and have few level crossings, allowing them to maintain an accident-free record for nearly 60 years. Tokaido Shinkansen, covering 515 km between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, was the first service, serving a number of major cities Shin-Yokohama, Shizuoka, Nagoya and Kyoto along the way.

Laid out with tracks having a curve radius of no less than 4 km, the speed could now be increased to 260 km. Serving the major cities of Shin-Osaka, Shin-Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Kokura, and Hakata, the line was a precursor to a national Shinkansen network. Now most trains reach a maximum speed of 300 km/h. A new station complex at Shinagawa, just south of Tokyo Station, was opened in October 2003, allowing some trains to start and end there, increasing the number of trains on the Tokaido line from 11 to 15 per hour, or one every four minutes. A total of nine lines, ranging from the smaller Hakata-Minami with only 8.5 km operated by JR West, and the longest Tokyo-Hachinohe of 593 km, totaling 2,556 km are now in operation. Since Japan is a relatively small country, short high-speed trips have managed to make the country a quasi-suburb of Tokyo. And to keep commuters happy, the trains run, like Mumbai’s commuter trains, on some sections at three-and-a-half-minute intervals during peak hours. Back home, we must still dream that our own “Bullet” trains will soon be part of the Indian landscape between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, completing the 492 km journey in just two hours compared to the seven now taken by the super-fast Shatabdi Express. . In the process, it would also put fast-growing Tier 2 cities such as Surat, Valsad, Bharuch and Vadodara, on a rapid transit map linking India’s financial capital, Mumbai. With trains traveling at an average speed of 250 km/h, making a city center to city center journey in just under two hours would also save the traveler the hassle of a long journey to and from the airport, security checks and the uncertainty created by foggy weather. days. Trains can be delayed, but you don’t have to sit still in the passenger lounge waiting for the boarding announcement. Last but not least, they will always get to your intended destination, and in one piece.

(The author is a former member of the Board of Railways. Opinions expressed are personal.)

This barn has achieved LEED Platinum with its Zen design Fri, 13 May 2022 17:29:45 +0000

The Zen Barn by Christopher Simmonds Architect is a house located in a historic area of ​​Ottawa. It has achieved LEED Platinum status for homes while maximizing a casual, modern style. The second floor cantilevered over the first floor to shelter it from the sun, while a recessed courtyard allows for large windows to the south for passive solar heating. All this work is invisible, with a light, effortless and quiet effect until the final house.

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“The linear composition of this contemporary house is interrupted by the vertical volumes of the skylights, stairs and courtyard,” said the architect. “The resulting interpenetration of views, light and space along the south side of the house creates strong indoor-outdoor connections. The orientation of the building allows for passive solar exposure on the east, west and south sides during the winter months.

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The first floor of a house

White lacquer and stained ash cabinetry create a sense of ease and flow through the interconnecting kitchen, living room and dining room. The interior is bright, clean like a warm and inviting family space. There are three levels to the home for a total of 2,300 square feet. However, the home retains a welcoming sense of intimacy through the use of warm woods in the kitchen, dining room and living room.

An indoor kitchen has ovens on one wall next to the stove and opposite the stove is the sink

The long, lean exterior is clad in reclaimed white oak barn boards and lets in plenty of natural light. Paired with sharp corners and glass balconies, the Zen Barn is what relaxing yet formal living spaces can be. The house features a rain shower, floating vanities and an open staircase that allows light to flow from all angles around the central axis of the house.

A living room blends perfectly with the dining room

The Zen Barn has an EnerGuide rating of 82, which is 10 points higher than what is required by the Ontario Building Code.

+ Architecture by Christopher Simmonds

Photograph by Peter Fritz