Jan. 25th, 2011 11:44 pm
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Half my facebook front page is taken up by my schemie ex-classmates pointing and lauging at My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Christ, pot and kettle.

In other news, I took The Great British Class Survey. Now I'm officially one of those pretentious gits who says they're working class even though they have a degree and a house and stuff.

Hurm, class and entitlement and being on a mission and stuff. I feel another enormous totally self-involved post coming on. I might favour you all with that at the weekend.

In other news, I'm bored of house stuff already. Can we get to cats yet? P is starting to make backing out noises about getting two cats but there is no way. They are coming.
Hey, on a related note: names. One is going to be called Burger after my imaginary cat from when I was a kid. Yes, imaginary cat. The other one I'd like to call after our neighbour's cat at home, Tinker, who used to come to the house and knock heads with my dad. But Tinker? As in, the very probably quite derogatory word for gypsies in Scotland?

Date: 2011-01-26 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pescana.livejournal.com
Class, entitlement, being on a mission - sounds interesting to me! I've been thinking a lot about that lately, trying to understand why I think I can never relax and I always have to strive for more, better, and so on.


Date: 2011-01-26 07:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cigogne.livejournal.com
Right then, that is all the encouragement I need :o)

I've been thinking about it in the context of not having children. Having kids plus being able to hold down a job was more than enough mission for me, but it didn't feel satisfying. Now I have a ton more time and I'm wondering how much of a mission I actually need, and what all the striving is ultimately for. But I have TONS more to say than that :o)

Date: 2011-01-26 10:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] felinitykat
Ooh, nothing to do with this post but seeing you on my screen has reminded me about your previous post, which I read and meant to reply to but haven't yet.

We've just finished having our kitchen done. The guy we used (an independent handyman chap) had good and bad points. Pros: he was the most affordable option of all the quotes we got, he did good quality work (for the most part -- there are a few bits he clearly rushed towards to end), and was pro-active in suggesting solutions to problems (cf: our ancient and dodgy old plumbing system). Cons: very slow (took two months for a tiny kitchen! although some of that delay wasn't his fault, but still), and lives out of North London so it's possible that you might be too far south for him (he might charge a call-out fee to come and do a quote). Also he tends to be booked up a lot in advance.

We had to arrange a separate gasman and electrician to come and do a few additional bits of work (which he isn't qualified to do) -- this was a bit of a hassle, but still cheaper than getting one of the big companies to come and do everything for us.

In any case, would you like me to email you his number? Our process for getting the kitchen done was to get various big companies to come round and suggest layouts and do quotes (Ikea, Moben and B&Q), and then pick the one we liked best/was most affordable (Ikea) and get our independent guy to do the fitting. If speed is a real priority then you might be better off getting a larger company to do both the planning and the fitting.

Anyway, let me know if this is of any use, and good luck!

Date: 2011-01-26 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alltheleaves.livejournal.com
I did that survey too, will be interesting to see what the resuls are.

Am also watching Big Fat Gypsy Weddings each week. I want to post more but basically I am sort of fascinated by it but mainly because of its scary, closed society. I think coming from a religion where a large number of people also live in a very closed environment, which is quite dangerous - horrifying stories of how people take child abuse issues to be dealt with by the rabbi (head of community) and nothing is done but if they go to the police they're ostracised - I want to see if they even mention this side. Next week's episode is about women and I want to see if they even mention the potential marital abuse that could easily occur in a community where men are unquestionably head of the family and divorce is frowned upon. But that's just me.

Tinker, I think I wouldn't, even though I don't know if it is actually derogatory.


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