The Victorians got a lot of things right. Luxurious facial shrubbery. Names like ‘Isambard.’ Formidable-looking steam machinery. And they were generally pretty good at buildings, too.
Our Victorian forebearers were experts at erections which were made to last and with plenty of space – with about seventeen people shoved in cheek by jowl in living quarters, they had to be. Alright, Victorian homes weren’t particularly energy efficient, but they can hardly be blamed for double glazing, cavity wall insulation and condensing boilers not being invented yet. It turns out that today’s house builders could learn a thing or two from our ancestors.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has found that British house buyers are being short-changed with storage space, with two cases highlighting how hard-pressed people are for room – one of a couple having to keep their vacuum cleaner at a parents house, and another where householders had to keep groceries in the boot of their car. RIBA has put together eight points which people want from their homes ‘today’ , which you can have a read about over on the organisation’s website. The fact that ‘storage for functional items’ and ‘natural light’ (how dare us for asking!) are qualities which people want rather than just expect of a home suggests that Britain’s modern house builders should be looking to learn a few lessons from the past.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
If you’re found to be claiming uncessary compensation, then you and your lawyer will be forced to go on a risk realignment programme. Basically, a two month service in Afghanistan, followed by six months factory work, 19th century style.
Comedian Tom Wrigglesworth devises a cunning way of ending ‘compensation culture’ in his excellent Radio 4 series, Tom Wrigglesworth’s Open Letters.
NO BRIGHT SPARKS
Trying to fathom an energy bill can often feel like a codebreaking effort of Bletchley Park proportions. So it came as little surprise when research commissioned by this very personal finance services aggregation website found that electricity bills were found to be the most baffling of the lot.
Jeremy Cryer, our straight-talking, waffle-cutting, plain English-chatting head of energy pondered: “Energy price calculations are complicated, but there is no reason why companies can’t explain their charges. Simpler bills would make it easier for people to understand their energy usage and charges.
Are YOU paying too much for your energy? Then have a bash at our electricity and gas service and see what you might be able to save.
NEWS IN BRIEF
Customers of Santader in the UK have been assured that they won’t be affected by the current economic pain in Spain. Big six member E.On has slapped a leather gauntlet in the faces of it’s rivals and challenged them to a price dual at dawn by saying that will not increase UK residential energy prices this year amid hints of rising costs in the winter. MPs are not doing enough to fix a "burgeoning housing crisis", housing groups have said.
ON GOCOMPARE.COM NEWS THIS WEEK
Kristian Dando conducted this HIGHLY SCIENTIFIC investigation into whether or not your star sing affects your driving habits.COMPLETE WITH INFOGRAPHIC BELLS AND WHISTLES.
Top telly vet Joe Inglis has been answering your pet problems. Moving house?
Thinking about moving house? Then don’t even think about busting out the boxes until you’ve read this highly informative and entertaining guide from Rachel England.
There’s a petition to make prospective drivers answer questions about motorcycles in the DVLA’s theory test. We think that this is a very good idea.
AND FINALLY...IS THIS THE FUTURE OF 'PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION?'
In Pixar’s animated film WALL-E, humanity of the distant future has stopped walking and gets about the place on floating platforms, subsequently getting fat, doughy and useless. It’s a grave warning from fiction, but it’s not stopped Japanese car manufacturer Honda from making this ‘personal mobility device’ which could help eliminate the massive chore of, you know, walking about the place and using your legs for what they’re designed for and stuff.
It uses similar technology to that found on Assimo the robot, and allows ‘omni-directional freedom of movement,’ Which of course, can be enjoyed whilst using one’s feet.
The UNI-CUB could be hampered in Britain though. Not just because that it makes the rider look as if they’re sitting on a toilet with wheels, but by the fact that devices like the Segway are both illegal to ride on the road and the pavement, restricting them to private land only. You’ll just have to make to with your legs, for now.
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