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Posted by Braddock, VC | Oct 20, 2012 @ 02:59 PM | 3,772 Views
Bricks arrived on Thursday, bricklayer arrived 07.30 this am, and set to with a will. He's up to the damp-proof course and has done an excellent job.
I've contracted an electrician and a plumber to do the central heating, just still stuck for a carpenter. The electrician gave me the number of a chippy (carpenter) and he seems keen.
I've ordered the new windows and a folding glass door into our garden. They should be delivered in three weeks and fitted straight away.
Keeping my fingers crossed that the chippy comes on stream.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Oct 17, 2012 @ 12:04 PM | 3,644 Views
All the groundwork now completed, we got down to 1 meter and hit chalk which is just great, all the ground drainage is done and the sewers are installed. I got out my old tool chest and replumbed the kitchen equipment so we can operate the dishwasher, washing machine etcetera, it really is so easy nowadays with all the plastic mouldings, in my day it was pipe benders and soldering but this stuff is just fantastic.
The bricks arrive tomorrow but I have a snag, the carpenter I was going to use has now taken on a bigger job so I have a panic in about two weeks, hopefully I'll get a replacement by then.
The plan was to get the roof on by xmas but if that falls through I must pray for no rain.
Paid the first bill, 7200 for all the groundworks.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Oct 04, 2012 @ 05:23 PM | 3,452 Views
First of all I have to apologise in advance, I have had several glasses of Cave Saint-Pierre Cotes-du- Rhone which is on offer at Tescos, it's one of the nicest wines I've managed to pour down my neck in recent years, please bear this in mind!!!!!!!!!!!!
I started in earnest emptying my garage today, big deal I threw away several airframes which really got to me, a Flair 1/6 scale fokker D7, and a goldberg cub nearly finished and a goldberg ultimate that just needed covering, a graupner Skycat, a great planes slopoke 40, I didn't bother taking out the servos, tanks or anything. I also threw away a flair magnatilla complete with crash damage and a thunder tiger gp 42 plus 5 servos, a chris foss middle phase - I have to clear the space for demolition on monday!!!
I didn't realise I had that much junk but I'm down to about 4 trailer loads and thereby hangs a story - I'll write this one up later, right now I am really agitated after chucking this stuff out - guess I'll get over it.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Oct 02, 2012 @ 05:55 PM | 4,873 Views
Well, I live in a 3 bedroom detached house with my wife and two youngest kids. Space is kinda cramped and we know we needed more space.
About 9 years ago I had enough money to add some room, instead we bought a business and built into a thriving concern that has gone from 6 employees 7 years ago to 12 at present.
The UK tax laws are designed to give business owners incentives and we were granted a large pot of money two years ago to build our business. I learned from our tax officer that I could use this money to offset the profit that we made as a bona fide "investment allowance" and this resulted in a major (on paper) loss that I can carry over to the subsequent tax years as a loss against any profit that we make.
So my build log/blog is about the addition to the house that I am about to embark on.
We are adding two more bedrooms, enlarging the kitchen adding two more bathrooms and PRAISE THE LORD a workshop for me.
We have quite strong planning laws that govern what we can build and there is also a building control department that ensures that any construction work is adequately done.
The planning hurdles are over and the consent for both the design and the construction specification has been approved, this cost 1700 or $2744
At this point we went out to tender to three builders and received estimates that really made my eyes water. The lowest was 66000, the top one 93000, at current exchange rates that's $106520 and $150097 respectively.
We could just about...Continue Reading
Posted by Braddock, VC | Oct 02, 2012 @ 01:49 AM | 3,805 Views
I don't even begin to pretend to be a golf fan but the local satellite tv was shoving the Ryder Cup down our throats last week, the British newspapers were hanging the European team up as traitors, you know the stuff - lousy captain, players couldn't hit a barn if they were locked up inside; then suddenly everything changed, the very same reporters were saying how marvellous the captain was, how skilled the team was.
I bet the American golf fans are really pissed off with the way the morale and performance of their team slumped and particularly the performance of T. Woods, he's never been the same since he crashed into that tree.

Sincere condolences, get your golf coach to get the next Ryder Cup Squad to watch the Gregory Peck film "Twelve o'clock High" it might put some of the energy back into them.