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The cost of keeping your cool

As the UK basks in record temperatures (“Scorched Britain”, “Havoc on hottest day for a DECADE”, “ travel disruptions and health fears as temperatures soar”, “Record-Baker”, “Heatwave UK”), I’ve been running the air conditioner at home rather more frequently in a … Continue reading

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On moving

Somehow, time seems to have gotten away from me. Last post, 8th April? Two months? Has it really been so long? In my defense, it’s been a busy time. Lots to do at work, and also lots of rental apartment … Continue reading

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Leaky pipes

One of the biggest surprises for me since being in Belgium has been the huge difference between the UK and Belgian rental markets. In the UK, the law tries to be as balanced as possible, providing equal protection for landlord … Continue reading

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Decoration

Work on the lounge is, uh, “ongoing”. Not much remains to be done but I’ve hit a few snags, for example the back door recess is not big enough to fit blinds in without blocking the door from opening. There’s … Continue reading

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Owwwwww

Oh my god, the pain. I was clearly not designed with DIY in mind. Or maybe I’m just monstrously unfit. Possibly both. Either way, after two days of hard work, I’m aching quite a bit. The first task – good … Continue reading

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Busted

Four days into 2007, second day back at work, and I’m forced to deal with domestic disaster as my shower goes on strike. Those of you that know me will understand the prospect of no showers has me close to … Continue reading

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There may be sunshine, and blue skies

This means war. War on my exuberant and wayward garden, that is. I’ve a long list of things to do – mow the lawn, hack back the ever-present ivy, chop about 5ft of growth from the top of the conifer … Continue reading

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Fancy a swim?

Ok, so the situation is sort of stabilised, at least for now. The water’s off, and the 11th plumber I called is actually on the way (should be here within the hour). The good news is he should be able … Continue reading

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Flood

At 16:50 this evening, I heard a curious dripping sound coming from the kitchen. I dashed downstairs (this is not long after the valve in my header tank overflowed, so I’m nervous about these things), and because I couldn’t see … Continue reading

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Can you dig it?

So, remember back when I was digging the garden over the bank holiday weekend? I finally finished the border from hell this afternoon, getting rid of the evil flowers that were threatening to take over the garden. Seriously, that green … Continue reading

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