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On Yer Bike

The bicycle is one of the most potent symbols of freedom. Just ask some older children who have been given a bike and can suddenly set out to go where they want, when they want on a route of their own choice, at a pace that they set themselves and in the company of whomsoever they choose.

If you need further evidence, take a look at the classic 1948 Italian film “Bicycle Thieves.” A man needs a bicycle to move around Rome pasting up billboard advertisements which provides just enough income to support his struggling family. His bicycle is stolen jeopardising his family’s survival and he sets out with his son to find the thief.

If you’re still not convinced, remember that 43% of London’s residents have no access to a motor car which may help to explain why the introduction of the “Boris Bikes” has been so successful. In cities like York and Hull, the common sight of cycles has not diminished and is generally recognised as the speediest and most economical way of travelling around town. This is hardly surprising as the number of cars on Britain’s roads has increased ten fold since the start of the Queen’s reign with ever more difficult and expensive parking arrangements the inevitable corollary.     Continue reading →

The Storage Story

1.CLC01BC-Le-Modulor-FigureThe haulage, distribution and warehousing industry seems to understand it well enough. Storage has officially become a science. The messages emblazoned on the sides of trucks tell the story loud and clear. Complex Logistics Integrated Supply Chain Management,  Warehouse Analysis and Global Location Operation and Movement Systems.

Not that long ago, when the world was a simpler and less scientific place, goods were made and lorries simply moved them. Today, however, sophisticated computer programmes, scanners, satellite tracking and positioning devices keep us informed Continue reading →

The Incredible Shrinking Home

Isokon Donkey. Self Storage!

Isokon Donkey.
Self Storage!

When the Garden City new towns were first planned in the 1920s, the developments included plenty of green, outdoor space in an attempt to bring a semi rural aspect to an urban conurbation.

In the late 1940s and 1950s, housing schemes that were built in cities that had been badly bombed   tried hard to ensure that there were playground areas for children and lawned areas and gardens for all residents. Today, many newly built blocks of flats or conversions of older warehouse properties provide little or no outdoor space at all.

Whilst planners want to preserve the “green belt” areas of Britain so that our countryside is not spoilt, many urban dwellers (and it is in the cities Continue reading →