Last Friday morning, in the 10 minutes it took for me to get out of the shower, get dressed and head to the kitchen to make breakfast, my bathroom had been engulfed in flames. I was in a rush to leave the house and get to work. If I'd been quicker, I might not have been there when all the lights switched off in the flat.
As the public wearily wonders when the conference season will end, one thing is already clear: we're in a bidding war in which the two largest parties have - rightly - identified that the public is fed up with the struggle to keep their heads above water... The parties' responses? Short-term give-aways, quick fixes.
Fresh from the success of London Fashion Week and with the Tech Entrepreneurs week also off to a flying start, you have to ask yourself whether or not the proposed 'London Visa' by Boris Johnson is necessary or warranted.
We live in one of the greatest cities on earth. Yet every morning a huge proportion of London's youth are sent to school without breakfast, due to their personal circumstances... Many children come to school too hungry to stand up, let alone learn.
Feeling quite nostalgic? Feel like we have been here before? You should. In the past few days, a divided US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved an authorization of a military intervention against the Syrian government, creating a mixture of showdowns as exciting as the new series of the X Factor.
As Boris Johnson highlighted, the historical and contemporary links between Britain and Australia have cultivated a deep cultural and emotional connection. Based on current evidence, there is plenty to suggest that a deep and valuable economic connection between the two also exists and is evolving. By working together to explore and strengthen this connection, we can re-establish our positions as world leading economies.
We are in for some serious politics over the next year and Labour understands that. This is no minor issue, no pimple on the face of democracy that will go away with a brush of topical treatment. Initially they need someone who understands these kind of politics...
As I reflect on my experiences in India so far, one daily pain I have to endure is my commute to work. That is, four hours a day spent travelling to and from work. This is normal, of course; plenty of people spend a sizeable part of their day just commuting to work as in a developed, modern society, often we live further away from our work than we desire...
We need to talk about the benefits that immigration has brought to our economy and society, and deliver real immigration reform that provides a fair, effective and common sense system.
It is time black minority ethnics take responsibility for their own lives and stop making excuses. Growing up, I made quite a few mistakes myself. Sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a person from a minority group down.
It struck me as unusual to see a Conservative politician marching for any radical group whose name ended with the words "...Liberation Front". It sparked my curiosity, and that's when I came across the manifesto.
What events like the Royal Wedding, the London Olympics and Wimbledon show are that, deep down, we are in fact amongst that most genuine and charming people out there. Give us a bottle of Pimms and we'll stumble and knock over our metaphorical walls. Give us a bit of sun as a remedy to our coldness, and our solar-powered souls are reinvigorated.
Has Boris managed to play his satirist trick again? Has he managed to distract us from the extremely negative connotations of being compared with this portrait of Disraeli by focusing instead on the man's foppish flamboyance?
Some good public sector building blocks are already in place. For instance, the Government is in the midst of its biggest ever international marketing campaign, with some private sector support, to secure sustained increases in trade, inward investment, tourism and foreign students. But, more is needed to maximise long-term economic and reputational legacy.
It may not be everyone's choice of how to spend the hottest evening of the year, but on Monday night Boris Johnson gave a speech at the British Bankers' Association dinner. Hot yes, hotbed of progressive thought, no. But Boris' speech nonetheless got my blood boiling. In taking a swipe at the proposal for a European Financial Transaction Tax - every City fat cat's favourite bug bear at the moment - he chronically misrepresented how it works.
London needs to deliver more homes of all types to support its economy and population boom - about twice as many as during the past twenty years but, intriguingly, only about half as many as were built each year during London's house building boom in the 1930s, despite the wider economic challenges of that decade.