Business, Culture

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival – review

Last weekend (6th and 7th September 2014) we took the way to the Southwest of England – Devonshire to be more precise, as we wanted to check this region situated at just 2 hours 15 minutes from the Capital (train from Paddington).

We decided to reside in Exeter in the heart of the county.

The city is not that big but there is a real buzz. A lot of independent shops just off High Street and down Fore Street.

We were looking forward to an event we slightly covered back in April 2014. It is the first of its kind in the business district located in Southernhay.

Turner Locker Barnfield commercial property consultants were behind this vintage vehicles gathering. No one knew what to expect. Slight anxiety first around 10am when only a handful of cars arrived in this unique setting that is Barnfield Crescent. A beautiful place for such event.

…Barnfield Crescent is a Georgian crescent garden. Barnfield Crescent was, like Southernhay West and Dix’s Field, a development by Matthew Nosworthy. It was planned in 1792 but in 1805 only five houses, Nos 2-6, were built. No 1 was added in a similar style in c.1840 by Dr Thomas Shapter, but it is of three storeys, not four like the rest of the crescent… Source

Turner Locker Barnfield  Revival - Barnfield Crescent Exeter - photo by WhiteAndCream

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival – Barnfield Crescent Exeter – photo by WhiteAndCream

Within half and hour the crescent was almost full of incredible cars and motorbikes too. There was more to it than just roaring engines.

Well thought entertainment, food and drink was there too including:

  • BikeCaffe Exeter for a delightful and quirky coffee
  • Good Game for burgers and sausages
  • Hidden Treasure tea room for….tea and cakes
  • Frobishers Juices providing refreshing drinks
  • The Cocktail Caravan for freshly prepared beverages.

For the music it was all about The Night Owls Band and The Siren Sisters bringing that real feel of being out of this world usually full of electronic gadgets. For a day all technology was left aside in order to completely absorb the beauty of this “So British” meeting of petrol heads loving wonderful engines and shapes.

TLB Revival Exeter 2014 - photo by WhiteAndCream

TLB Revival Exeter 2014 – photo by WhiteAndCream

There was even a stall of Vintage clothes by The Real McCoy…just in case you forgot your flat cap or tweed.

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival Exeter - photo by WhiteAndCream

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival Exeter – photo by WhiteAndCream

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival 2014 - photo by WhiteAndCream

Turner Locker Barnfield Revival 2014 – photo by WhiteAndCream

This was just the first TLB Revival put together on a small scale. However, the response was pleasing and the success was undeniable. Turner Locker added a small update on their News section of their site.

This shows that working in the investment property market  also allows to have a passion outside the office space and weekends can be spend at better things than watching television or scrolling down the touchscreen of your smartphone.

Of course, this was not to compete with Goodwood Revival but to simply reproduce a winning recipe as long as there are enough participants to create that vintage buzz and to bring a community together for a few hours.

To be continued…

TLB Revival event Exeter - photo by Andrew Butler

TLB Revival event Exeter – photo by Andrew Butler



Le Mans 24 Hours – Cars and Motorbikes Race

Each year in France there is an almost mythical race: Le Mans 24 Hours race.

It all started in 1923.

There are two races: one in June for the cars and one in September for the motorbikes.

It is something particular, because in both cases it is not just about the speed but about the endurance and reliability of the engines.

Le Mans Circuit

Le Mans Circuit

This race was also the subject of a film with Steve McQueen.

Steve McQueen - Le Mans

Steve McQueen – Le Mans

Check this interactive map HERE with all data about the race including speed and tyres consumption.

It is also arather prestigious event with a few celebrities being behind the wheel and exclusive sponsors too such as Hackett Clothing.

Attending to the race whether cars or bikes is a true lifetime experience, because there is the atmosphere, the smell of the engine and the noise of the powerful engines.

Imagine that it is a continuous race for 24 hours with incredibly gifted pilots, mechanics and strong teams where drivers are swapping seats rapidly in order to maintain their position around the clock.

Le Mans 24h Race - by night

Le Mans 24h Race – by night

Spectators are never disappointed whatever the weather…because there is a feeling of community within the crowd. It is a passion which is completely different from a Formula1 race.

This happens in Le Mans and only there.

Even if you are watching it on television,  it is hard to imagine the ongoing excitement from the ticket holders and some of them can even access the pitstops (these tickets are slightly more expensive).

Usually it is easy to spot individuals who have been there: they are wearing a t-shirt or cap about the event (distinctive logo) and their cars would have a promotional sticker either on the rear window or front windscreen. Taking back something from such place is always worth it, despite of the excessive price to pay. It is not everyday that you are going to the Sarthe region to follow a race lasting 24 hours.

In France, Le Mans 24 (Les 24 Heures du Mans) is certainly the equivalent of Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. The place where real fans are gathering to share the same passion but within a safe environment.

The cars are just splendid and there is a true respect for these people who are offering such spectacle to an attentive audience.

If you have never been to Le Mans, make time for it – go there with a group of friends. Only a few hours drive from Roscoff, it would be a shame to miss it!


Paperless and digital environment

The improvement of technology has changed our daily tasks and way of living too.

Remember the years when sending letters and using typewriters? There was the telex and fax which started to turn things around as it was then possible to send a document by using a phone number and dial-up connection.

The internet started to be available to offices and homes with the first PCs with monochrome screens – such as Commodore64 and Amstrad1512 – finding their way to households. A real little revolution in the mid 80s.

Commodore 64 and modem

Commodore 64 and modem

The progress moved fast and Macintosh and IBM were seen as pioneers,  but seemingly more business orientated.

Most families discovered the joy of having a machine able to complete some tasks and also play with/against them. Then e-mails became a new way of communication without the hassle of looking for envelopes and stamps – except for legal documents. Everything can be scanned and printed.

For some firms it is essential to delegate the management of incoming messages – some of them can be vital for deals, offers and contracts.

This is also the time when individuals started to want things to happen faster.

Catalogue shopping/ordering was a common way to have items delivered to your doorstep. However, it could take up to two weeks to receive the new pair of shoes or cardigan…and no one moaned about the (long) process or even if the delivery was redirected, delayed or missed. There was no alternative.

Nowadays, it has to be fast and precise, with eventually the approximate time when the parcel will go from the driver’s hands to yours.

Concerning public transports, there is the monthly or permanent pass with a chip which can then be topped-up at ease. This allows travellers/commuters to avoid endless queues at the dedicated counters during rush hours. The Oyster Card for London buses and Underground is a prime and successful example. Airlines and train companies also introduced the e-ticket meaning less cost for them and no postage as well.

There is also the world of photography with SD and CF Cards for DSLR cameras – films being almost obsolete.

Photographic film roll negative

Photographic film roll negative

The next change is for drivers: tax disc will be axed after 93 years from 1st October 2014. This means that there will be less clutter on your windscreen and the rounded vinyl sticker or tax disc holders will have no purposes to be there anymore. However, the tax remains in place…confusing, isn’t it.

…The disc was introduced in 1921 but officials say it is no longer needed with the DVLA and police now relying on an electronic register… Source

With the past recession everyone is trying to cut costs (still now in 2014) and going digital is the way forward. Paperless offices aren’t that new, but more and more employers are finding it essential to reduce general expenses such as stationary for instance, or even irrelevant desk/wall calendars as everything can be found online.

Company going green

Company going green