Archive for October, 2011


Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Dr Biswell was most indignant about the promised public workers’ strike which has been called on his name-day. He threatens to go and drive a tram, since that it what one does in these circumstances. Whether there are trams in Manchester these days, I do not know, but if there are, Dr B will be […]

Comedies of Errors.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

We have come to a reluctant conclusion over the years, that while this land of liberty contains a number of actual plumbers, their ranks are augmented by a variety of performance artists engaged in some species of situationist production the details of which will be unveiled to us in due course. We suspect the infant […]

Nul Points

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Well, dearies. Thursday’s outbreak of plumbing activity produced the following: the central heating stopped working entirely. And on Friday, another leak broke out, and is quietly but firmly dripping to itself in the booklined space outside the coat cupboard. We were in the ironmonger’s today buying lightbulbs when someone stormed in and said, ‘I want […]

Depth Charge

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

We had a further go of plumbers today. Some questions have been answered (we still don’t have the washing machine back, literally, on line). But an additional, separate, problem has been absence of central heating; it sort of works upstairs and doesn’t work downstairs at all. The diagnosis is summable-uppable with the word ’sludge’, a […]

Water play

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

After most of Craig the Plumber’s Saturday, we have water once more, though not the washing machine — that line has had to be isolated. It’s a bit wearing since you never know where it might break out next, and there are also as many dear little holes in the floor, made by Craig, as […]

drip, drip

Friday, October 14th, 2011

I returned from what was really enough of a teaching day to be going on with to find the Professor fit to be tied. The youthful plumber had spent much of the day here, and sorted out the leak. Prof: have you replaced ALL the plastic pipework? Wouldn’t that be a good idea while the […]

we not not love mice not even their wiggly whiskers and their bright little eyes

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

We came home from really quite a LONG day at work to find a perfect Niagara pouring through the dining room ceiling: ‘and the ceiling might come down’, not merely the odd drip. A member of the family of plumbers with whom we are now dealing turned up within twenty minutes. The problem seems to […]

As time goes by

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Well, we progress (’they took horse and rode off rapidly in many directions at once’). Malfunctioning students are a dwindling constituency, malfunctioning colleagues, like the poor, are ever with us. There have been various metaphorical little pools to be mopped up in a work context, and by way of variety, there have been various actual […]

Hi …

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

A week since my last post. The reason for this is that I have been landed with both of the biggest first year courses to administer, thanks to some nifty footwork from a colleague whose name has now been written on a bit of paper and put in a drawer. That means that some 300 […]