Lucinda Newell - Super Sleuthing Property Rental Expert - One Woman and Her Dog...

The Lucinda Newell column To be seen pottering along the highways and byways of Luton in her Mini Clubman, her trusted Scottie Malcolm at her side, our super sleuthing property rental expert Ms Lucinda Newell is on the case on your behalf! As I sit in my garden and write this month’s column, I am enjoying a glass of Pimms and reflecting on how matters such as sporting success and improving weather can influence the nation’s mood and seem to lift aspects of life that are totally unrelated. Last weekend saw the British Lions win the test series in Australia and the sight of all of those big, hunky Welshmen (well nearly all of them were Welshmen!) brought a warm glow to my cheeks and a pounding in my heart. I may not be in the first flush of youth these days but I still get stirred by moments of passion, pride and “derring-do” such as we saw on the rugby pitch at Sydney! The very next day something even more remarkable happened. A Brit won Wimbledon! Andy Murray who, despite being a top tennis player for many years and having won the US Open and the Olympics in the last year, played out an epic final against Novak Djokovic and won in straight sets, immediately elevating himself from Scottish “nearly man” to British hero! Murray’s record at Wimbledon has actually been one of steady progress in recent years, slowly getting closer to the big prize. He also showed true class in donating his prize winning fortune to a cancer charity. If he hadn’t won everyone’s hearts and minds before, he surely had now. At the same time as our sportsmen were reaching new heights, the weather was getting better too and it is currently blisteringly hot and hasn’t rained for nearly a fortnight. The news in the economy is better. Retailing figures for June were 3% higher than in 2012 and the ratings agency Moody’s raised its rating on our banking sector from “negative” to “stable” for the first time since May 2008. Our dear friends at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have reported growth in the number of housing transactions and a rise in prices. Nothing spectacular as yet, but undoubtedly confidence building. As I walk Malcolm through the village, the general demeanour of the villagers seems sunnier and more buoyant. There is a spring in their step where before there had been a dragging of feet and as slight feeling of being down at heel. I am feeling more positive and looking forward with my glass of Pimms half full and not half empty. I hope that the next few weeks will see England retain the Ashes and another British victory in the Tour De France. Whilst I may not be rushing to get into lycra and on a bike or to hit some tennis balls down at the tennis club, there is no doubt that the “feel good” factor being created is good for everyone, good for the nation and good for the economy. Here’s to a super summer (and another glass or two of Pimms!). Come on Malcolm, walkies!
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