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SoftBank punt on WeWork office space hub is risky business

Workspace company makes substantial losses and providing short-term office space is notoriously cyclical WeWork, according to the founders blurb, is a place you join as an individual, me, but where you become part of a greater we. A place where were redefining success measured by personal fulfilment, not just the bottom line. Very uplifting, but youd probably think twice before investing. Funky murals and cheese-tasting events for tenants are eye-catching but, in the end, WeWork is a provider of office space on short-term leases, which is a notoriously cyclical game.…

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Sex for rent the rogue landlords who offer a free room in return for favours

As the housing crisis deepens, words such as intimacy and benefits are starting to appear in the to-let columns To the unaware, the true meaning of some of the phrases used on the ads for tenants could be missed. Rooms for rent are offered in exchange for benefits or keeping me company. Others are less subtle free accommodation in exchange for an erotic arrangement. Renting rooms for sexual favours is seen as a growing menace by campaigners, and a byproduct of a housing crisis where young people are unable to…

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Breitlings Avenger Hurricane 45 watch uses dense composites to stay light

According to horological legend the first luxury watch made of steel the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak caused great consternation when it launched in 1972. Up until then there were timekeepers small, cheap watches like Timex and Seiko and expensive pieces that you handed out at retirements from brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe. To build a luxury watch in steel was an outrage but eventually steel surpassed watches made of precious metals. Just wait until those steel naysayers hear about a luxury watch made of plastic. Why would you want…

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