All my remaining bits of English Rose Kitchen are now for sale

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Finally I feel able to admit that paying good money to store the last of the English Rose Kitchen bits and pieces that we didn't use is just plain dumb!Read More

The Larder Has Gone ;-(

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The larder is gone and it's left a gaping hole in our lives, but it's left us with so much more than that. A pile of junk, that's now, yet again, preventing us from seeing the dining table.Read More

English Rose Kitchen Larder Unit For Sale

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Ladies and gentlemen! At long last, we're finally ready to sell something! Yes, the coveted English Rose Kitchen Larder unit (pictured) is officially up for sale.Read More

My Wife the Faux Finisher

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Brian May's very clever Red Special

Brian May’s very clever Red Special

I previously mentioned that at the height of punk I went to my first major gig, a concert at Earls Court by rock dinosaurs giants Queen. Recently I took a trip down memory lane by watching a video of that very event on YouTube.

The gig contained a defining moment in my life. After Brian May had completed a particularly impressive run during Brighton Rock, an impressionable 15 year old boy sitting in the front row who’d just been given a cheap acoustic guitar by a neighbour mouthed the word “WOW!!”. Bri spotted it and nodded at him. I went home determined to learn to play guitar like Brian1.

My first step was to replace the gut strings on my guitar with steel ones...

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I Just Had My First Shower in Over a Year

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I just had my first shower in over a year and in five seconds managed to achieve what it takes Shaolin monks many years of devotion to learn ...Read More

Nine Months and Counting

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Like an ageing locomotive long past its usefulness being kept on the rails by a band of well meaning enthusiasts, our renovation grinds and wheezes its way towards the buffers at an ever decreasing speed. As I sit and write this I'm quaffing my third glass of red wine ...Read More

An Angry Resident Writes

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Today I have become an old codger. I admonished a driver for depositing litter outside our house while riding my unicycle ...Read More

Summer Holiday in English Rose Kitchen Land

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The Sun is bright, hot and relentless, the cocktails smooth and exotic, the sea laps around feet dangling into the clear waters of the Mediterranean. Yes, our contractors are enjoying their annual summer holidays ...Read More

Kitchen has that sort-of-coming-together feel

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What was our kitchen is now to be the exercise area, the old dining area is soon to be the living room and the previous living is nearly the kitchen. I'm very much looking forward to being able to say, Big Brother (UK) style, "Ehht Thir'y ehh ehm. Rehh is in the eehxcerise eehria" ...Read More

Keeping the romance going through a renovation

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The most romantic date I've ever had with Wifey was when she returned to her family's home in Maryland while I remained at home in West London. We set up our web cams in our respective kitchens and cooked the same meal at each end. Later, as we sat down to eat, we placed our respective laptops across our respective dining tables and, having dressed appropriately, lit or respective candles ...Read More