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Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2012’

Partying in L.A. with California Girls

This article first appeared in What’s Happening magazine by entrepreneur Mike Holland in May 2012. I have just spent two weeks in LA. I had been invited to the birthday party of Mary Wilson, one of the great “Queens of Soul Music”. I had agreed to hook up with the unstoppable songwriter and poet Stevie Kalinich who ran me absolutely …

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The Astoria

Since purchasing the former Astoria cinema, which has been vacant since 1997, I have had constant grief from conservation groups opposing my plans to knock the eye-sore down. Now, if there is one thing my reputation does prove is that I am not shy of a renovation.  However, this Grade II listed building is in such a state of neglect that …

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Brighton & Hove Council offer OUR money to build the I360

This week Brighton and Hove City Council revealed their frustration at the stagnant state of the West Pier by offering to  loan the remaining £14 million to the developers of the i360, Marks Barfield. The architects reluctance to accept such a substantial subsidy emphasises the extent such a burden would have on the taxpayer. It would be another 12 years before …

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