The base course of a solid wall construction starts from the ground floor, above the damp proof course (DPC). The DPC can actually be laid into the bedding mortar or base course if required, but it is usually under the floor you are building the solid wall onto.
Since spring last year Britain has been in recovery mode. The country is slowly getting back on its feet after the worst recession in living memory. Surely that means our future as a world leading economy is secure. But is it? Perhaps we are simply climbing up a rather precariously balanced economic ladder and, similar to what happened in 2008, we will have another spectacular fall from grace.