Diary: It’s not dead, it’s resting…

It is fair to say U+I’s deputy chief executive Richard Upton has a reputation for being unconventional. And prospective buyers of his £22m Devonport House Hotel in Greenwich will not be disappointed.

As well as an art collection including works by Francois Hameury and a 17th-century mausoleum that houses the remains of Battle of Trafalgar admiral Sir Thomas Hardy, it includes a John Reardon sculpture entitled Monument for a Dead Parrot.

It is surely named in homage to the expired