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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: This Europe Stuff
The poll mentioned in that article is interesting. More people in Northern Ireland would prefer to join a united Ireland than stay in the UK if a hard Brexit with borders was imposed so the Conservative and Unionist Party, as they are officially called, have effectively created a situation where they are doing more to foster republicanism than Sinn Fein or anybody else has ever achieved.

Maybe all that was needed all those years was a referendum. After that all that would have been need would be to gerowivit;, will of the people and all that. 
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: What's annoying me today
This sort of thing is why I end up learning how to do things. Then doing them myself. At least it's my f*ckups I'm paying for then.

Quite; I've decided to do the garden myself, I reckon I can do better than what they quoted for; for about £10k in materials.

I'm stuck with the builders as there's a certain amount of steelwork and building regs to contend with and more importantly If I f*ck up a patio it's one thing; if I cause the house to fall down I think the missus would be a bit pissed at me. Anyway amidst the jokers there was one builder who gave a vaguely reasonable quote.
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: What's annoying me today
We moved to a house that needs a bit of work done; we got an architect involved early on and checked what we wanted to do was viable and affordable. We are now dealing  with a series of builders (or project managers as they all seem to be called now) taking the piss with quotes. Best one was yesterday, quoted 3 times the guide price the architect had suggested. The highlight of the quote was £8,000 for tiling (excluding tiles and adhesive). I reckon I could tile the area in question myself in a week. But it’s okay as although we need to provide certain facilities for the builders; he has his “own kettle and microwave which will save us a bit”.

And then there’s the garden. We paid a garden designer to design a garden with a budget of £25k which he assured us was viable.
The brief was; not too much hard landscaping and not especially interested in decking, more interested in planting plans for semi tropical plants. Turned up yesterday to present some designs. First one had £27k worth of decking alone, total cost £62k. It was only after he left I realized there was nothing about planting at all and the quote did not include plants.
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Foody thread.
Thick pizzas are sh!t, so let's not worry about those. I thought about getting a stone but wasn't sure if they actually make a difference or are just another handy way to get people to part with their money.

I used a stone for a while and the results were good, but as I now find myself cooking for 4; the logistics of cooking pizzas in an oven that can accommodate one stone at best meant it wasn't worth the hassle.

I did read an article somewhere that suggested using a cheap rolling marble slab placed on the shelves worked well, and being rectangular / about the same size as a regular oven would give better capacity.