Money

Homeowners are more inclined to improve their current property rather than move house, research carried out by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has found.

Orderly again

Old Church Street in Chelsea is famous as the road that includes London's most expensive house - the pounds 25m Old Rectory. In the late 19th century its main claim to fame was as the location of several superior brothels. The Echo of 10 April 1885 reports the owners of Nos 155, 125, 127 and129 being prosecuted for keeping 'disorderly houses'. No 155 has been restored as a fine family home with six bedrooms, four bathrooms, four reception rooms and parking. It is for sale through John D Wood for pounds 1.7m.

Ripe for renewal

One of the few unconverted houses in Eccleston Square SW1 has come up for sale for a relatively reasonable pounds 750,000. No 14 is unmodernised and has six storeys with 15 rooms and three bathrooms.

Spring Ram shuts tile subsidiary: Underlying operating profits bounce out of the red as kitchen and bathroom sales revive

SPRING RAM has closed its Artisan Tile subsidiary, a poorly performing business that contributed to the collapse in the group's fortunes in the past two years. Roger Regan, chairman since last year, said: 'The board has considered the extended period of start-up losses and believes these are likely to be prolonged by intense international price competition.' Artisan made trading losses of pounds 7m in two years.

Edinburgh Festival: Jeff Green

He's the bloke next door with the wicked sense of humour who chats happily about girls' bathrooms and boys' underpants as if he's known you - all 150 of you - all his life. 'You can heckle, you know,' he says at one point. I wouldn't dare if I was you, though; the little devil's just waiting to poke fun ('Why do they always put the miserable ones in the front?'). Assembly Rooms (venue 3), 54 George St (031-226 2428). 9pm.

Edinburgh Festival / Day 9: Side View

BRUCE MORTON on his Big, Big House, and on making it up as he goes along

Hot new words for the weather? That's a sticky one

THIS TIME last week it was so hot that everyone was grumbling, except the woman behind me in the queue at the Bradford-on-Avon fish stall on Thursday who said out loud: 'Well, I'm not complaining about the heat - I'm really enjoying it while it's here]', which caused immediate silence among other queuers, who were bandying around words like 'close' and 'humid' and 'airless'.

Park and ride

7 Northington Street might be worth buying as a garage as well as a house. The unusual freehold has parking for nine cars in the old stables. There are two reception rooms, two bedrooms, a third bedroom/study, kitchen and bathroom. A spiral staircase leads from master bedroom to roof terrace. The house, behind Gray's Inn Road, is being sold by E A Shaw (071-831 1012) for pounds 595,000.

In thing: Starfish candles

For that post-holiday candle-lit bath, Wax Lyrical have just the thing.

QE2's pounds 30m facelift

The QE2, which has been in service for 25 years, is to undergo a pounds 30m refurbishment. The work will involve redecoration of every cabin on the 69,000-ton Cunard liner and every bathroom is to be replaced.

Nash on the park

One of the grand Nash houses overlooking Regent's Park, 1 Cumberland Place, comes a little more expensive at pounds 5.85m. With 9,300 sq ft of accommodation, it includes a ballroom-size drawing room, seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and an indoor swimming pool. The house, being sold by Lassmans and De Groot Collis, is on a 72-year Crown Estate lease.

Letter: Writing on the wall

Sir: A much more encouraging mirror maxim than that of Father Lee (letters, 2 May) is pinned to my bathroom wall. Written by a Jesuit, John Powell, it says this: 'You are looking at the face of the person responsible for your happiness today.'

Letter: Personal reflections

Sir: Father Lee's message (letter, 2 May) on his bathroom mirror that he is 'looking at the problem' sounds a bit grim to me. Our milkman told me that if ever he catches sight of himself, say in a show window, he raises his cap.

Letter: Mirror, mirror, on the bathroom wall

Sir: John Osborne braces himself with a maxim as he performs his ablutions: 'Since I gave up hope I feel so much better' (Living, 26 April). But I think Virgil was there first, with 'Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem' (Aeneid, Book II, Verse 354), which means 'Losers have one salvation - to give up all hope of salvation.'

Bottom Line: Graham plays a cautious game

YESTERDAY'S pricing of Graham, the builder's merchant being spun off from BTR, was more conservative than expected, raising just pounds 210m at 183p a share, compared with forecasts of up to pounds 250m.

Health Update: Bathtub rings

BATHROOM manufacturers should redesign plugholes to prevent small fingers from getting caught, says a report in the British Medical Journal. It describes the case of a 20-month-old girl taken to casualty wearing only a nappy and a plughole, which was stuck on her forefinger; it had taken six fire officers 45 minutes to free her. In another case the fire brigade had to cut a two-year-old out of the bath after she got all her fingers stuck.
Arts and Entertainment
filmPoldark production team claims innocence of viewers' ab frenzy
Life and Style
Google marks the 81st anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster's most famous photograph
techIt's the 81st anniversary of THAT iconic photograph
News
Katie Hopkins makes a living out of courting controversy
people
News
General Election
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
film
News
Apparently McDonald’s has trouble making sausage and eggs at the same time as burgers and chicken
newsNo Was fast food chain was aiming for the munchies market?
News
i100
Life and Style
love + sex
Arts and Entertainment
Kevin Spacey and artistic director Matthew Warchus at the Old Vic party to honour Spacey
theatreStar's successor at Old Vic theatre admits he's 'allergic to hype'
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 17 April 2015
Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders