August 6th, 2007


The Bathroom Saga…..and other stuff.

I'm feeling a bit beleaguered this morning.

Bathroom should have been finished Saturday and I should have had yesterday to chill. As it was the plumber couldn’t turn up until 3pm and eventually showed at 3:30! He worked through until 8 pm which prevented me from getting a range of other jobs completed (picking up shower curtain rail etc).

We agreed a 11am start Sunday so I could head over to Homebase first thing (10am) and get the shower curtain rail ......he'd been up until three and turned up at nearly 12 am with a hangover.

He worked through until almost 6pm but still has work to do as he couldn't plumb in the heated towel rail and fix the bath panel (which he made a dog's dinner of fitting in the first place).

It became apparent that the tiller had fitted a tile in the corner of the room too tight which pushed the pipe out of alignment - the plumber tried to force it but simply managed to chip the tile. So last night between 6 - 7 there was much chasing around trying to find out if the Tiller could come back to replace tile release the pipe to enable the plumber to finish and a new tile to be replaced on Tuesday night.....

After leaving a few messages the tiller called back at 11:05 pm last night and agreed to turn up this morning at 7am. He removed the naughty tile...... tonight at 9pm the plumber is going to call back to plumb in the heated towel rail and fix the bath panel before the tiller returns on Tuesday night to put in a new good tile which I had to buy this morning ...even though it was his mistake ...... total bill so far £3,600 and rising.....

I'm never decorating or using a tradesman ever again......

On the plus side the bathroom is looking stunning....I just wish the Stress Pixies would go away so I could enjoy it........

I have brought a TARDIS and two Action Figures in for Bryan today after he’s been waiting over a week to get his mits on it !…but have worked out from his blog that he and Elle had an attempted break in…. sorry to hear it guys (and anyone else at Athenaeum towers) Hope you get made secure again soon !

Still on the theme of Who I notice a new book has been published fun for all the family…and those planning one !

God, Noah, a Washed out English Summer New Labour and Governmental Regulation....

This was waiting for me in my inbox.....very funny I thought I'd share it:

At the beginning of year 2007, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in England and said, 'Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me. Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans.'

He gave Noah the CAD drawings, saying, 'You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights. ' Now almost six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard - but no Ark.

'Noah!' He roared, 'I'm about to start the rain on 1st July! Where is the Ark ?'

'Forgive me, Lord,' begged Noah, 'but things have changed. I needed Building Regulations Approval because the Ark was over 30m2. I've been arguing with the Fire Brigade about the need for a sprinkler system. My neighbours claim that I should have obtained planning permission for building the Ark in my garden because it is development of the site even though in my view it is a temporary structure, but the roof is too high.

We had to go to appeal to the Secretary of State for a decision. The Local Area Access Group complained that my ramp was going to be too steep, and the inside of the Ark wasn't fully accessible, then the Department of Transport demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark's move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.

Getting the wood was another problem. All the decent trees have Tree Preservation Orders on them and we live in a Site of Special Scientific Interest set up in order to protect the spotted owl. I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls - but no go!

When I started gathering the animals, the RSPCA sued me. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodation was too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.

Then the County Council, the Environment Agency and the Rivers Authority ruled that I couldn't build the Ark until they'd conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.

I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Equal Opportunities
Commission on how many BMEs I'm supposed to hire for my building team. The trades unions say I can't use my sons. They insist I have to hire only CSCS accredited workers with Ark-building experience.

To make matters worse, Customs and Excise seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species. So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark. '

Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow
Stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, 'You mean you're not going to destroy the world?'

'No,' said the Lord. 'Your government beat me to it.'

Oh Well That's Let the Zygon out of the Bag....

Character Options have released details of the first Wave of 5" Classic Doctor Who figures which are to be released next year....

The members of One Gallifrey are agog ! So for what it's worth here they are:

Dr Who Classic 5” Carded figure Range - Wave 1

1/ The 4th Dr in Red velvet jacket (Circa: Revenge of the Cybermen 1974)
Two interchangeable heads (with and without hat)
NB. this is because removable hats are impossible to do well at this scale

2/ The 5th Doctor (Circa: Resurrection of the Daleks 1984)
Shorter hair version

3/ The 6th Dr in patchwork frock coat (Circa: Attack of the Cybermen 1985)
Early shorter hair version

4/ The Sea Devil (Story: The Sea Devils)
Original version with string vest

5/ Zygon (Story: Terror of the Zygons )
Character - Broton – played by John Woodnut
With Skarassen control device accessory

6/ Voc Robots Twin pack (Story: Robots of Death)
SV-7 (Super Voc) and D-84 (Dum Class)

7/ Magnus Greel and Mr Sin Twin pack (Story: Talons of Weng Chiang)

Personally I can't wait but I'm not apoplectic like some of the members who even know are hypothesising about the packaging details....and I thought I was a nerd.

Anyway in the mean time here's a couple of quick snaps of the latest offerings from Character Options :

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