60 Seconds: A weighty problem



60 Seconds: A weighty problem


Houses are getting smaller. The average size of a new house in the UK is now about 100 square metres, while the average flat about 50 m.

According to that impeccable source, The Daily Mail, houses are 50% smaller than they were 90 years ago. And UK homes are the tiniest in Europe.

At the same time, British people are getting bigger.

According to another impeccable source, The Daily Mirror, the average British man now weighs 13 stone 3lbs whereas in 1967 the hippy was 11 stone 8 lbs. But, as with all weight issues, we are well able to fool ourselves, men are 2 ½ inches taller. Ah, so that explains it. Not.

So what has all this got to do with housing? Well, it’s causing all sorts of problems.

And as we build up, to protect the previous Green Belt, there are other issues. Ambulances are taking longer to get patients through the tight corners in high-rise buildings when lifts are out of order.

Dr Fenella Wrigley (honestly, that is her name), of the London Ambulance Service, said: “Given the traffic and the fact that London is growing upwards, not outwards, if we have difficulty getting a patient out of the fourth or fifth floor, it all adds up.”

5517dce8-22c1-459f-821e-7fd4c49e8443Then there was the 30 stone poor devil in Leeds who had a life-threatening condition. Only when the fire brigade threaten to knock down a wall in his house did he manage – with assistance – to clamber down the stairs.

Some hospitals have put a 25 stone limit on patients using MRI scanners, with patients having to move to other hospitals.

Such is the scale (sorry) of the weight problem that health chiefs in Scotland are asking Edinburgh Zoo for its specialist scanners which are normally used for Pandas, Rhinos and Bears.

If you look back at football matches of the 1930s and 1950, all those men in flat caps were as thin as whippets. And they had no quinoa to help them keep trim.

So should we be building bigger bungalows in order to protect the nation’s health? Good question.

But the final word must go to the former Secretary of State for DCLG, Eric Pickles, who said that people should not be forced to live in rabbit hutches. Nor presumably eat rabbit food.

Lord forbid. Especially for Mr Pickles who is known to like the odd pie.

See you at the gym.

Have a good weekend.


This week at Curtin&Co
Well, it’s been a rather busy week here at Curtin&Co (as always of course). Firstly, we are delighted to announce that Curtin&Co is hiring!To support our exciting expansion, we are on the look out for a new Account Manager, Account Executive and intern. If you are politically savvy, possess great written communication skills, have a solid work-ethic, please send a CV to jobs@curtinandco.com.

Secondly, our very own Founder and CEO Tom Curtin has been listed in PR Week’s 2018 Power Book as one of “the brightest and most influential PR professionals in Britain”. To view the full list click here.

And last but certainly not least… Last week one of our newest recruits, Anthony Okereke chaired the ‘Insight Into Political Careers’ parliamentary event which seeks to give young people who identify as Black, and Minority Ethnic an insight into the different roles within politics. It was an extremely well-attended and successful event. Congratulations to everyone involved.

The week ahead

Young families go off-piste 
Chalet chic: new bungalows in popular London commuter locations for young families

A quarter predict housing slaughter
One in four Londoners predict housing market crash##

The “Grey pound”
Over-50s hold three quarters of UK housing wealth

Once in a blue move
Moving home is ‘becoming a rarity’

And finally…

For the many, not for you
Jeremy Corbyn loses battle with local council to build price-boosting extension

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