The Property Ladder

Thanks in part to the UK Government’s Help to Buy scheme, 2014 has so far seen significant growth in the UK’s property market, as more people consider moving home. What skills and qualities can Service-leavers bring to the estate agent profession?

By Paul F Cockburn, from Civvy Street #49 (July 2014)

Stuart Richards comes from a Military family; between them, his father, uncles and grandfather have served in all of UK’s Armed Forces and so, on leaving school, it seemed natural for Stuart to follow in their footsteps, as a fitness instructor in the RAF. However, as he came up to his eighth year in uniform, marriage helped change his priorities, and he began looking for other opportunities – ideally in the Midlands, where he hoped to settle.

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HMS Protector takes to the ice for a charity Santa run

The Santas, accompanied by Rudolph, were gathered at 10am for a gentle warm-up led by the Executive Officer, Commander Don Mackinnon, who is currently in command for this Antarctic patrol, before it was ‘on your marks, get set… ho ho ho’. The Santa run was conducted on ice in the waters surrounding Deception Island, a dormant, water-filled caldera volcano; one of only two known in the world. Breaking through a sheet of snow-covered ice before coming to a planned stop, HMS Protector took position and disembarked her personnel to test the ice conditions and drill ice core samples to ensure the ice was safe, before Protector’s eager Father Christmasses followed via the ship’s accommodation ladder

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HMS Protector takes to the ice for a charity Santa run

Depleted uranium

UK policy and development UK policy is that depleted uranium ( DU ) can be used in weapons because it would be wrong to deny our Armed Forces a legitimate and effective capability that can help them achieve their objectives as quickly and safely as possible. Claims of serious health and environmental effects by a very small number of people attract media attention but are disputed by most scientists and international agencies. Whether other countries use DU munitions or not is a matter for them

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Depleted uranium

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards speech to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), 17 December 2012

Introduction Thank you Lord Hutton for your kind introduction. It is good to see so many friends and colleagues here and may I take the opportunity to thank you all for your strong support to the Armed Forces

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Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards speech to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), 17 December 2012