Personal Finance

Further thoughts for the pandemic season In my last article I shared some observations about managing cash deposits and investments in this period of uncertainty resulting from the global pandemic. Whilst this is a worrying time as regards your health and your financial well-being, it can also be a time to take advantage of a number of planning opportunities. Let’s first of all look at what can be done with your estate planning. If you’ve done your sums and worked out that your pensions and investments are more than sufficient to take care of your needs, now might be a good time to … [Read more...]

Insight Arts Review

Janet Wells’ teases us back into the Arts, Gallery and Museum scene Easing out of Lockdown: There were exhibitions that I’d planned to see in the Spring; then we had Lockdown:   However, I have now found that with the gradual opening some were only sleeping;  many may still be in place and with a bit of  planning  you may get to see something for real after all. We are aware though, that it will be a different experience: Remember the time when we could wander in on a whim and spend hours wandering? Now it is essential to book ahead and there may be a limited viewing time.  From our … [Read more...]

Insight Arts Review

Janet Wells’ takes us online for her quarterly review of the Arts, Gallery and Museum scene As we are in an extended period of Lockdown; I have been looking around to  see what major Art Galleries and Museums have online; and what motivational art programmes on tv or google are currently out there. Chanel 4 has Greyson Perry Art Club:  I had to register into Ch 4 and then I watched on my phone.  Thankfully, this is not a “how to do” programme. Keith Tyson and Quentin Blake recently launched @isolationartschool – which you can find through Instagram BBC4 are promoting another Life … [Read more...]

Personal Finance

The New Normal In my last article I wrote about the pros and cons of about managing your own planning and investment strategy. I was aiming to return to the theme of inheritance tax planning and to share a number of ideas that would stimulate food for thought. What a difference a few months can make! Whilst the need for estate planning remains a central concern, the even larger one now is to survive the pandemic. The two are not mutually exclusive of course! In early February I watched the news like you. I was therefore aware of the  situation in Wuhan and also of the covid 19 cases in … [Read more...]

Sitting Comfortably?

Advice from Caroline Rugman at Charterhouse Physiotherapy who has a few suggestions to  help anyone who is working from home, as poor posture and inactivity can create all sorts of issues. Sit-to-Stand desks are helpful, which can benefit breathing control, posture, digestion and clearer thinking -try IKEA or Swiss balls can be fun, and most outlets would sell for under £35 (remember you will need a pump). Excellent for core workouts / exercising and can be used in place of a chair. Try Amazon or A good working chair would be one that can swivel … [Read more...]

Introducing BRIK

Thomas More Resident, Raffaella Baruzzo, introduces us to her latest venture: a chocolate company shaped and nurtured in her Barbican kitchen, and now an inspiring independent business in East London. This is handmade chocolate inspired by textured architectural surfaces, delicately crafted from natural ingredients. Aesthetics, flavours, sustainability and constant development are at the core of BRIK’s vision. Standard Tile 9x9cm (Larger Tiles 20x20 or 30x30 can be ordered) Flavours include: Caramel & Passion Fruit, Orange, Sesame & Charcoal, Ruby chocolate with  Ginger, … [Read more...]

The Fortune Theatre

Too good to wait for the next magazine, Peter Savage has been strolling the streets of EC2 exploring the Barbican's by-ways. Enjoy and explore on your daily lockdown exercise? BARBICAN BY-WAYS Peter Savage strolls the streets of EC2 One enjoyment of being a pedestrian in London is that a leisurely walk gives one time to look around. I The Fortune Theatre Wandering through Fortune Park on the way to Waitrose a slight deviation north into Fortune Street will reveal a plaque. This records the site of the Fortune Theatre built in 1597 by Edward Alleyn and his partner Philip … [Read more...]

Agony Aunts through the ages

The Barbican area has had Agony Aunts through the ages (all called Ann oddly enough).  Our own Ann Drewes has been going through the archives. 1625 - Dear Auntie Ann I  do regularly worshippe at St Gyles, Crypple Gate. In fact I was wed there. However there is a new Rector and I have noticed that there are now more icons and statues than before and there is talk of decorations at Christmastide. I have a strong desire to rid the church of these turbulent chattels. Indeed my mood is not helped by that Royalist, the King, with his preference for proroguing Parliament, and Catholicism is … [Read more...]

Investments and Pensions

My regular readers will be aware enough of the emphasis I place on estate planning. The reason for this is straightforward enough: having spent a lifetime building up family wealth, you are loath to see nearly half of it go into the government’s coffers to be spent on not always deserving causes. Given the choice you’d be rather more comforted by the thought that your children and grandchildren will benefit from the careful husbandry of your wealth. Financial planning also involves other basic motivations however. If for example you have a capital sum to your name it is only natural you … [Read more...]

Unsettled markets and planning for the future

With the general election just having been called for the 12th December by Parliament as I write, you may by the time you are reading this be fully up to date on what on earth is going on. This of course depends on the precise date on which the magazine lands on your doormat and on when you are around to be able to stoop down and pick it up! However it’s not certain that even with the election results in you or I are any the wiser. A hung parliament doesn’t bear thinking about! One of the arguments I occasionally hear regarding the timing of a planning review is that it’s best to wait for … [Read more...]