Black Spruce eyes $700M+ valuation for multifamily portfolio

first_img Share via Shortlink 2111 Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 214 West 109th Street, two buildings as part of the portfolio (Photos via Google Maps; StreetEasy)Owners of a large multifamily portfolio in Manhattan are looking to bring on a partner who will value the “recession-proof” collection at north of $700 million.Josh Gotlib’s Black Spruce Management is looking to recapitalize its 1,800-unit portfolio of workforce-housing buildings in Manhattan by selling a stake in the collection of buildings, according to marketing materials for the offering.The collection of buildings is made up of five smaller portfolios mostly concentrated in Upper Manhattan, with another one around Hell’s Kitchen in Midtown.The privately held investment firm is open to selling a stake of 49 percent to 90 percent in the entire 97-building portfolio, and is eyeing a valuation of $700 million to $750 million, according to a source familiar with the offering.Representatives for Spruce Capital could not be immediately reached for comment. A Cushman & Wakefield team of Adam Spies, Adam Doneger, Doug Harmon and Josh King is marketing the portfolio. The brokers declined to comment.The buildings receive a tax abatement under New York City’s Article XI program, which offers 30- to 40-year property tax exemptions for projects that are at least two-thirds affordable. The program has been an alternative to the now-defunct 421a.The Article XI program slowed down during the pandemic, but the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development in February issued a new term sheet for the program, signaling that it’s a priority under the city’s affordable housing initiatives.Demand for affordable housing far exceeds supply: The city’s housing lottery application system has received more than 25 million applications for about 40,000 units since it launched in 2013.The marketing materials for Black Spruce’s portfolio say it has an estimated historical occupancy of about 97 percent.Black Spruce paid $200 million last year to acquire one of the sub-portfolios around the northern edge of Central Park in November, which at the time was the largest multifamily deal to close since the start of the pandemic.Contact Rich Bockmann Black Spruce ManagementMultifamily Market Email Address* Message*center_img Tags Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

VLF, magnetic bay, and Pi2 substorm signatures at auroral and midlatitude ground stations

first_imgA superposed epoch analysis of 100–300 substorms is performed to determine the median size and shape of the substorm-associated VLF chorus, magnetic bay, and Pi2 pulsation burst observed at the near-auroral Halley research station, Antarctica, and at the midlatitude Faraday station at three different local times (2230, 2330, 0130 MLT). The spatial and temporal properties of the magnetic bay signatures are compared with the University of York implementation of the Kisabeth–Rostoker substorm current wedge (SCW) model and the Weimer pulse model, respectively. These constitute the best analytical models of the substorm to date. It is shown that the polarities and relative amplitudes of the observed magnetic bays in the H, D, and Z components at Halley at midnight MLT and at Faraday in the premidnight sector are consistent with the York model for a SCW 3 hours wide in MLT with its westward electrojet at 67°S magnetic latitude. In particular the little-discussed Z component of the bay agrees with the model and is shown to be the clearest substorm signature of the three components, especially at midlatitude. The midnight and postmidnight bays are similar to the premidnight case but progressively smaller and cannot be fully reconciled with the model. The shape of the H and Z bays at Halley and the D bays at Faraday fit a normalized Weimer pulse well, with Weimer’s 2 h−1 recovery rate, but the other components do not. The D component at Halley and H at Faraday do fit the Weimer pulse shape but with a faster recovery rate of 4 h−1. It is proposed that this is due to the effect of a decaying current in the SCW combining with the geometrical effect of changing SCW configuration and position relative to the observing station. The Z component at Faraday recovers more slowly than the 2 h−1 Weimer prediction; we cannot explain this. Secondary bays at Halley and Faraday show a clear tendency to recur after 2 hours. Inflection points just prior to onset at Halley and Faraday are argued to be related to reduced convection associated with northward turning of the IMF. The median substorm signature at Halley in the Pi2 frequency band (7–25 mHz) is well correlated with the bay structure, showing that it is part of a broader band, possibly turbulent, spectrum in the substorm-dependent DP2 current. There is evidence of a minor additional narrow band component occurring at substorm onset. This is the dominant signal at Faraday which shows the classic midlatitude substorm signature, a short Pi2 pulsation burst at onset, that decreases progressively in intensity with increasing local time, implying a source region biased to the evening side or else preferred propagation to the east from a near-midnight source.last_img read more

NCAA Utah Men’s Basketball Roundup: 11/1

first_img Brad James November 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local NCAA Utah Men’s Basketball Roundup: 11/1 Tags: Brandon Warr/BYU/Chadron State/College of Idaho/Dee Events Center/Diontae Champion/Elijah Fuller/Evergreen State/Hanley Shu/Huntsman Center/Jerrick Harding/Keun Palu-Thompson/Montana State/Neemias Queta/Nevada Wolf Pack/Tauriawn Knight/The Associated Press/Timmy Allen/Utah State Aggies/Weber State/Westminster/Yoeli Childs Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Yoeli Childs netted 14 points and 14 rebounds as the BYU Cougars routed Westminster 72-43 in a men’s basketball exhibition at the Marriott Center Thursday. Brandon Warr had 12 points to lead the NCAA Division II Griffins in defeat. The Cougars commence their regular season November 6 at Reno, Nev. against the Nevada Wolf Pack who are ranked in the Top 10 in both The Associated Press and coaches polls.SALT LAKE CITY-Timmy Allen posted 18 points on 6 of 11 from the field as the Utah Utes downed the College of Idaho 96-76 Thursday in a men’s basketball exhibition at the Huntsman Center. Allen led five Utes who scored in double figures while Utah shot a torrid 55.6 percent (20-36) in the first half and 50 percent for the game. Keun Palu-Thompson’s 19 points led the NAIA Coyotes in the loss. The Utes begin regular season play November 8 at home against the Maine Black Bears of the America East Conference.OGDEN, Utah-Prolific scorer Jerrick Harding amassed 16 points and the Weber State Wildcats surged past NCAA Division II Chadron State 76-59 Thursday at Dee Events Center in a men’s basketball exhibition. Harding, a junior guard out of Wichita, Kan. averaged 22 points a game last season and scored a program-record 46 points in a win over Montana State. The Wildcats shot 51.1 percent for the game and 61.9 percent (13 of 21) in the second half. Diontae Champion’s 14 points and seven boards led the Eagles in defeat. Weber State commences the regular season November 6 at San Diego.LOGAN, Utah-Tauriawn Knight posted 16 points and the Utah State Aggies ran roughshod over NAIA Evergreen State 96-45 Thursday at the Spectrum in a men’s basketball exhibition. Portuguese national Neemias Queta added 15 points and 8 rebounds on 7-11 shooting. The Aggies shot 55 percent (22 of 40) in the first half and 53.9 percent (41 of 76) for the game. Elijah Fuller and Hanley Shu had 8 points apiece in defeat for the Geoducks, who only shot 25.8 percent for the game.last_img read more

Londres celebrates its 20th anniversary

first_imgHome » News » Londres celebrates its 20th anniversary previous nextProptechLondres celebrates its 20th anniversaryThe Negotiator28th April 20200128 Views LonRes, a subscription based business-to-business trading platform, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, laying claim to being one of the original PropTech companies. The brainchild of William Carrington and Anthony Payne, LonRes aimed to use technology to replicate the day-to-day working practices of property professionals operating across prime London. In so doing they made the residential sales and lettings processes faster, slicker and more efficien.20 years on, LonRes comprises a network of 6,000 residential property professionals working across prime London and the country, listing 12,000 properties for sale (worth a collective £27 billion) and 10,000 homes that are available to rent.LonRes was designed to meet agent’s needs and this remains the case 20 years on.Its real-time database is widely regarded as a definitive source on prime residential London and its sales archive which goes back to 1979, pre-dates Land Registry by 16 years. The LonRes lettings database goes back to 2004.As William Carrington, Chairman of LonRes said, “From the very start, LonRes was designed to meet agent’s needs and this remains the case 20 years on. LonRes has never stood still and continues to evolve.”Anthony Payne, Managing Director said, “It’s a great testament to the company that 20 years on, we can count original subscribers among our clients today. The fact that William and I had both worked as agents in prime central London meant that we understood what was needed. This in no small part lies behind the success of the business. That and the fact that we’ve always been quick to adapt and have stubbornly refused to cut corners.”lonresturns20.combusiness-to-business trading platform real-time database Proptech companies LonRes Anthony Payne William Carrington April 28, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Live Review: Hammer and Tongue present Slounge folk punk harpist Serafina Steer, and poetry, 11/11/0

first_imgby William Green‘Slounge’ is a new night of culture funded, organised and performed by Oxford Contemporary Music (OCM), Hammer & Tongue, Oxford’s finest Slam poets, and the Oxford Film and Video Makers (OFVM). Throughout November and December they’re doing their highly artistic thing in The Vaults Café, in Radcliffe Square. It’s a great venue; the cold stone of the church building is offset by the warmth of the atmosphere, the packed tables, and the delicious home-made food served from seven onwards whilst a DJ gets things started with some inoffensive background musak.   Admittedly, it is a little bit Nathan Barley. The place is full of weekend hippies, blokes with white-man dreds talking about the difference between Old World and New World wine, and women painstakingly sculpted into the casual boho look. I suppose that explains the name: ‘Slounge’. I have no idea what this is supposed to mean. As far as I can tell, it is lounge with an ‘s’ on the front. But if you can get over these little niggles, it really is a nice atmosphere. First on the bill was current International Spoken Word Champion, Steve Larkin. Except, he had flu, which was a shame as he truly is excellent. In his stead was Sophia Blackwell, who is gay, by the way, and wants you to know it. After a shaky start- a rather contrived poem about fairytales and teenage romance-she got into the meat of her material. Given the church setting, her pounding meditations on religion and death were oddly appropriate. The stand-out poem, however, was a beautifully crafted conceit called ‘Buying Tomatoes’, in which her rhymes and rhythms hit the heights of inventiveness and wit which her other works had tantalisingly suggested. If this is a sign of her progression then I look forward to seeing her again. Following Sophia was a set of four short films by the OFVM. I sipped my nicely chilled red wine and suppressed the urge to laugh. Sorry, but they were a bit stupid. In any other context they would be an acute parody. First, a film about a man jumping a pole vault; then a heart-wrenching narrative of a box which gets carefully made and discarded. The third film was so bad I’m not even going to write about it, and the final picture-an interesting concept of narrating the break up of a love triangle through the medium of dance-would have been quite good if the dancers hadn’t been so obviously amateur. There is a bit more to dancing than jumping against walls. The evening was slipping away, and it needed something special from ‘winsome folk-punk harpist’ Serafina Steer to rescue the night. Fortunately, she delivered magnificently. Her classical training on the harp was immediately evident and beautifully complimented her achingly fragile voice which constantly seemed on the brink of breaking, yet still managed to hit that extra note higher. Her lyrics were dynamic and broad, telling tales of tigers, peach hearts and rivers in a way which simultaneously managed to be dreamlike and incisive. Her forcefully demanded encore, ‘Curses, curses, curses’ was sublime, demonstrating that even obscure comedy folk songs like ‘Valerie Wilkins’ were not beyond her scope. After Serafina came another six films, but I didn’t stay to watch them. Having heard something so good, I really didn’t want to spoil it.  Perhaps that was rather close-minded of me, but I don’t regret it. If you ever get the chance to see Serafina Steer, then take it. The next Slounge event is Wednesday 5th December, featuring Mercury nominated acoustic/electronica songwriter Leafcutter John and the interactive art of Lisa Busby.last_img read more

Cornish champion

first_imgCornish baker WC Rowe had never competed for a Baking Industry Award before, but a mixture of curiosity, pride and belief spurred them on and 2008 saw the company triumph in the Bakery Supplier of the Year category. Distributing branded and own-brand to all the major multiples – Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Somerfield, as well as Supplier of the Year award sponsor Sainsbury’s – the firm has a story to tell and one it wants people to hear.The business began back in 1949, four years after the end of the Second World War, when Bill Rowe set up a bakery and a shop in Swanpool Street, Falmouth. Nearly 60 years on, 17 shops now grace the landscape of Devon and Cornwall. The factory at Kernick Industrial Estate has been there since 1976, but has expanded from 6,400 to 23,000sq ft. In 2002, the firm secured Objective One Funding, which saw the creation of a 25,000sq ft production facility at Bickland Industrial Park in Falmouth, which opened in 2003.”Most of our trade is with the multiples and wholesale customers,” explains marketing manager Paul Pearce, son of managing director Alan Pearce. “Because of this, we appreciate that we need to grow our own retail estate to become more independent, so there are plans afoot to rebrand existing shops and look at opening new ones as and when the opportunity arises.”Pearce worked on the shop floor from the age of 16 before moving into his current role. He explains the company wants to achieve as much coverage across the county of Cornwall as it can, but that both its location and the nature of the products have made it more difficult to branch further afield. “We pride ourselves on making fresh products on a daily basis, so obviously the further away you go, the more you’re working against time and the fresh element of the product can diminish. Each of our shops receives two or three deliveries a day.”Now employing around 450 people, the firm will celebrate its 60th birthday this year. “The growth has really come about since 2002, when we acquired our additional premises in Falmouth,” says Pearce. “That allowed us to move all of our savoury products – for example Cornish pasties and sausage rolls – down to that purpose-built facility, which in turn enabled us to really target the likes of Sainsbury’s and Asda with that type of product.”Production is split across the two sites. The Kernick site produces breads, cakes and fermented doughs, whereas the Falmouth site produces savoury pastries.== Expansion on the cards ==Looking ahead, the firm has plans for future development and has just acquired additional premises down the road from its factory in Falmouth. “It will enable us to move office space down there, create more skilled jobs and, in time, increase our production facilities,” he says. “We’re also looking to forge more links with local colleges, so we can bring in skilled engineers and electricians.”The company has worked closely with Sainsbury’s to develop a premium scone range for the supermarket, from coming up with the concepts to getting them to market, explains Pearce. “They believed in the product as well, which encouraged us, so we went for it.”The Taste the Difference scones were produced in three varieties – Cornish clotted cream, sultana, and Davidstow cheddar cheese. “We wanted to come up with a product with a very homemade feel. So, in theory, you could go into a Sainsbury’s supermarket, pick the ingredients off the shelves and make the same kind of scones yourself.”The company uses locally sourced ingredients, from within Cornwall and the West Country, wherever possible. “It’s a policy of ours – for ethical reasons and to cut down on food miles,” says Pearce. “It’s not practical to source everything that way, but for example, butter, cream, milk and eggs are right on our doorstep, so why not use them.” He also believes that if you can tell a story about a business and its products, people can relate to it and it can act as a unique selling point. For example, with products such as its pasties, Pearce says you can practically track the ingredients down to the field they came from.As an existing supplier of Sainsbury’s, the supermarket already had a good knowledge of WC Rowe’s business before the Awards and, as Pearce confirms, a good relationship with them. However, when asked what he would highlight about the business to a complete stranger, Pearce says qualities such as the importance of craft bakery skills to the business, local provenance and local ingredients sourcing, as well as the company’s focus on competitive pricing. “I’d say that we are a very honest kind of business and the fact that we’ve been in business for nearly 60 years shows that we’re doing something right.”== Testimony to hard work ==The fact that the Bakery Supplier of the Year award was the first it had applied for, let alone won, was an added bonus, says Pearce. “It’s testimony to a lot of years of hard work and dedication by the team, and acknowledgement from the industry, which is very important to us.” He also notes that it has acted as a real motivator for the staff.According to Pearce, the judges picked the company as winners for a number of reasons: for the scones it developed, the local sourcing angle and the performance of the products in-store. “We achieved way above our expectations with regards to sales forecasts and we’re still way above forecasts now. We’ve bucked the market trend, as the scone category was actually in decline, but now Sainsbury’s sales in that particular tier of products is actually on the increase,” he explains.Pearce reveals some of the firm’s recipes have barely changed in the last 60 years, but other things have. He admits that, in the past, the company’s approach to new product development has been “quite sporadic”, but says that, from the beginning of this year, it will have a structured plan in place. It will analyse the different categories it covers with a view to refreshing some lines, and introducing some new ones into its shops on a more regular basis.The addition of a dedicated NPD manager, Nick Brown, over a year ago made them wonder why they hadn’t recruited one sooner. At first, Brown was bombarded with ideas from all directions, so the company decided a more structured approach was needed. “Most importantly, it was to make sure that, when we come up with a good idea, it is landed and launched,” says Pearce. “In the end, our success lies with focusing on our strengths and working them to our advantage.”last_img read more

News story: New scheme opens for NHS staff to tackle AMR abroad

first_imgThis scheme is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund and will be delivered by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA).The Fleming Fund is a £265 million UK Aid fund that seeks to enhance AMR surveillance in low- and middle-income countries across sub-Saharan Africa and south-east Asia.Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said: Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, Dr Keith Ridge, said: Manchester on Thursday 1 November Belfast on Friday 2 November Edinburgh on Monday 5 November Cardiff on Wednesday 7 November London on Thursday 8 November Ghana Tanzania Uganda Zambia Pharmacy skills play an essential role in antimicrobial stewardship. In deploying the expertise of NHS pharmacists to partner countries, the projects will lead to more effective antibiotic surveillance, control and prescribing. In sharing the knowledge and best practices that have been adopted by the NHS our staff can help tackle the threat of AMR on a global scale.center_img AMR is a natural occurrence, but is increasing due to overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Misuse of antibiotics can jeopardise the safety of routine operations and threaten modern medicine.To tackle this threat, the use of antibiotics needs to be optimised through antimicrobial stewardship. The role of pharmacists, doctors and specialist nurses is key to ensuring antibiotics are used effectively.The government is inviting multi-disciplinary teams to apply for a grant of up to £75,000 to deliver a partnership project with a health institution in one of the partner countries.Projects should aim to improve antimicrobial stewardship and support the development of policy and practice for the use of antibiotics in the partner country.Interested applicants can learn more about the scheme at launch events taking place across the country.The events will introduce the scheme, outline the application process and share good practice for project planning. Events will take place in: NHS staff are being invited to apply for a new scheme to help tackle superbugs abroad.The Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship scheme will send 12 teams of NHS staff to work with local health workers overseas in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR).The teams will be made up of NHS pharmacists, doctors, specialist nurses and other healthcare workers who will work with partners in: I am delighted that UK aid – provided through the government’s Fleming Fund – will enable these vital partnerships between our fantastic NHS staff and their counterparts overseas to take place. AMR poses a risk to us all, wherever we call home – collaboration of this kind with our friends and neighbours internationally will be all the more important if we are to tackle this challenge together. This scheme will play a crucial role in allowing specialists to share expertise and strengthen approaches to antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals both at home and abroad.last_img read more

Premier Foods bullish over Mr Kipling, despite lower-end profit forecast

first_imgPremier Foods has praised its Mr Kipling relaunch as “delivering encouraging share gains” as it revealed an underlying sales decline of 4.7% in the third quarter. Branded sales have also fallen by 4.1% and power brands were down by 5.1%, although they showed an improving trend towards the end of the quarter. Support brands, including Homepride and Cadbury cake, “performed well”.The company said gross margins remained solid following a move away from loss-making promotions, while return on investment from other promotional activity was higher than last year.During the quarter to 30 September 2014, the Mr Kipling brand underwent a major relaunch, including an extensive advertising campaign, new packaging, targeted social media and in-store marketing initiatives. As a result, Mr Kipling’s sales grew in the quarter and achieved market share gains.However, trading profit projections for the 12 months to December 2014 are “towards the lower end of market expectations” said the company.Gavin Darby, chief executive of Premier Foods, said: “Market conditions in the third quarter have proved to be increasingly demanding with unprecedented structural changes across the industry gathering pace. In response to this changing environment, we have put in place a new business unit structure with new leaders to reinforce our category-based strategy and improve our agility, focus and accountability.“The initial response to the relaunch of our biggest brand, Mr Kipling, has been encouraging and we are implementing a strong programme of new product introductions and consumer marketing in the fourth quarter of the year to coincide with the important Christmas trading period.”We continue to invest in our brands and strengthen our customer partnerships, while retaining a tight focus on managing costs, the delivery of trading profit and organic de-leveraging. I believe this balanced approach is central to creating value.”last_img read more

Attorney General to speak at gay cake appeal

first_imgSenior judges in Belfast have allowed Northern Ireland’s Attorney General to become involved in the Ashers Baking Company gay cake row.The Northern Irish bakery is appealing against its £500 fine for refusing to make a pro-gay marriage cake for gay rights activist Gareth Lee. The appeal was interrupted on 3 February due to a surprise request by the Attorney General, John Larkin QC, to deliver a representation on any clashes between European and Northern Irish discrimination law.According to The Belfast Telegraph, the judges’ decision will now allow Larkin to make those representations when the case resumes on 9 May.Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said: “We are satisfied that there is an issue about whether or not the relevant statutes give rise to direct discrimination issues, which is more than frivolous and vexatious.”The Attorney General for Northern Ireland is the chief legal advisor in Northern Ireland for areas of criminal and civil laws which have been devolved to the region.last_img read more

Read Paul McCartney’s Reflections On The Passing Of Beatles Producer George Martin

first_imgLegendary producer George Martin unfortunately passed away on March 8, 2016, at the age of 90. Best known for his work with The Beatles, Martin would be the glue that held the band’s music together, challenging the group to explore new directions with each passing record.While Martin worked with countless others in his prolific career, including Jeff Beck, Celine Dion and more, his role as the “fifth Beatles” cannot be understated. He signed the band to a record contract in 1962, and worked with them tirelessly to create hit record after hit record. In his reflections, Paul McCartney shares the story of how Martin’s decision to add strings to the song “Yesterday” shaped its success.“His idea obviously worked because the song subsequently became one of the most recorded songs ever with versions by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and thousands more.”Martin would be the driving force behind some of the Beatles’ later albums, especially when the band members were not on speaking terms. Martin literally held the band together, having the musicians record tracks on each other’s songs, and even going as far as to arrange the final medley on Abbey Road. Without Martin, the Beatles catalog would have stopped short much, much sooner.George Martin’s role in shaping music history cannot be understated. While the Fab Four were at the forefront, George Martin was sitting in the control room, making sure the band’s albums were works of perfection. In doing so, George Martin will go down as one of the most legendary producers of our time.Read Paul McCartney’s full reflections on Martin, below, written after the news of his passing:I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.It’s hard to choose favourite memories of my time with George, there are so many but one that comes to mind was the time I brought the song ‘Yesterday’ to a recording session and the guys in the band suggested that I sang it solo and accompany myself on guitar. After I had done this George Martin said to me, “Paul I have an idea of putting a string quartet on the record”. I said, “Oh no George, we are a rock and roll band and I don’t think it’s a good idea”. With the gentle bedside manner of a great producer he said to me, “Let us try it and if it doesn’t work we won’t use it and we’ll go with your solo version”. I agreed to this and went round to his house the next day to work on the arrangement.He took my chords that I showed him and spread the notes out across the piano, putting the cello in the low octave and the first violin in a high octave and gave me my first lesson in how strings were voiced for a quartet. When we recorded the string quartet at Abbey Road, it was so thrilling to know his idea was so correct that I went round telling people about it for weeks. His idea obviously worked because the song subsequently became one of the most recorded songs ever with versions by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and thousands more.This is just one of the many memories I have of George who went on to help me with arrangements on ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Live and Let Die’ and many other songs of mine.I am proud to have known such a fine gentleman with such a keen sense of humour, who had the ability to poke fun at himself. Even when he was Knighted by the Queen there was never the slightest trace of snobbery about him.My family and I, to whom he was a dear friend, will miss him greatly and send our love to his wife Judy and their kids Giles and Lucy, and the grandkids.The world has lost a truly great man who left an indelible mark on my soul and the history of British music.God bless you George and all who sail in you!-Paullast_img read more