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.
Perhaps not. I think the quality of the debate took a turn for the better with John Major's speech yesterday, I like to think the tide is turning at least a bit. Tempted to send it to my local MP and ask him to refute any part of it without using the terms "will of the people" or "just get on with it".
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.
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.
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.