Friday News #145 – Explore the weeks’ hottest topics in Thirlmere Deacon’s Friday News Bulletin.

This week it’s been announced that several eras are ending, though if you’re not into football or Australian soaps these will be of little consequence to you. 
Many other, more consequential, decisions have been made over the past 7 days; we’ve included some of the key news stories from the week below.
Read the latest news in our Friday Bulletin.



Paralympic Committee reverses its original decision after threats of boycott over Ukraine conflict. Following a U-Turn decision, Russian and Belarusian athletes are banned from Winter Paralympics. A revolt among competing nations has forced the International Paralympic Committee to reverse their initial decision to allow the two nations to compete under a neutral banner. Read more.
In a statement on the Premier League club’s website, businessman Abramovich said he had made the “incredibly difficult decision” which “pains” him. Roman Abramovich says he plans to sell the club. Read more.


Apple stops selling its products in Russia. The California-based company said it stopped all shipments to its sales channels in Russia last week, while Apple Pay and other services had also been limited. Read more.
Oil-producing nations stick to their plan despite Ukraine. Even though oil prices have surged to ten-year highs, a powerful cartel of oil-producing countries say they will only increase their output by a modest amount. Read more.


After 37 years, TV soap will end this summer, producers confirm. The end of an era for some and for others something they might not even know existed; Long-running Australian TV soap opera Neighbours will come to an end this summer. Read more.

UK Property

With many seeking to secure a property before interest rates go up further, it’s of little surprise that UK mortgage approvals for house purchases rose to 74,000 in January, above the 12-month pre-pandemic average up to February 2020 of 66,700, new data has shown. Surge in mortgage approvals fuels UK property boom. Read more.
Experts have warned that Register of offshore owners of UK properties full of loopholes. The government’s long-delayed register of offshore owners of UK property will fail to tackle corruption unless multiple loopholes in the draft legislation are closed. Read more.

Dubai Property

‘Spectacular’ Dubai Property Bounce Likely to Continue, Knight Frank Says. Dubai’s luxury home market should keep growing after a “spectacular turnaround” in 2021 fuelled by the city’s recovery from the pandemic and openness to wealthy foreigners. Read more.
Until next week.