February 2008 Archives - wibbler.com

Linkblog – February 9th to February 21st

Posted by | Linkblog | One Comment

Linkblog between February 9th and February 21st:

Just so you know, this is an automated recent overview of the Linkblog, a collection of interesting links I find on my travels. The archives are here: http://www.wibbler.com/category/linkblog/

Boiling Point

Posted by | Diary | One Comment

“Yeah, I’ve just been to Mexico. 5 star hotel, 3 weeks. It was brilliant.”
I bristled a little, if I’m honest.
To give you an idea why, let me give you a little timeline up to this event.

December 2007 – Renewed my various house insurance covers, but told myself that boiler and central heating cover was not needed due to budgetary constraints. The house is only 4 years old – what could go wrong?
15th February 2008 – I watched a jolly weatherman tell us that we were in for “a cold snap”. Siberian conditions, he warned. We should stay inside.
16th February – It seems that my boiler also heard that broadcast, became faint at the sheer thought of the impending usage, and promptly broke down. One thing is for sure, I’m going to listen to my mother, she tells me to buy Goodman air conditioners, they served her well her whole life.

So, here we are, a donated heater on each floor, trying to keep warm in the Siberian blast while boiler man upon gleeful boiler man comes round, shake their heads and mutter how unlucky we are. It’s something we’re very keenly aware of. Another thing I’ve become aware of is how rich Central Heating engineers must be – the Mexican comment just confirmed my suspicions.

So, £1800 for a new boiler, or £500 to repair. Choices, choices. Perhaps we should just put on an extra jumper?

Linkblog – February 7th to February 8th

Posted by | Linkblog | No Comments

Linkblog between February 7th and February 8th:

Just so you know, this is an automated recent overview of the Linkblog, a collection of interesting links I find on my travels. The archives are here: http://www.wibbler.com/category/linkblog/

Linkblog – February 3rd to February 6th

Posted by | Linkblog | No Comments

Linkblog between February 3rd and February 6th:

Just so you know, this is an automated recent overview of the Linkblog, a collection of interesting links I find on my travels. The archives are here: http://www.wibbler.com/category/linkblog/

Linkblog – February 2nd

Posted by | Linkblog | No Comments

Linkblog for February 2nd:

Just so you know, this is an automated recent overview of the Linkblog, a collection of interesting links I find on my travels. The archives are here: http://www.wibbler.com/category/linkblog/

Linkblog – January 31st to February 1st

Posted by | Linkblog | No Comments

Linkblog between January 31st and February 1st:

Just so you know, this is an automated recent overview of the Linkblog, a collection of interesting links I find on my travels. The archives are here: http://www.wibbler.com/category/linkblog/

The Big Bird of homeowning

Posted by | Diary | No Comments

House Prices - GuildfordBack in the heady days of 2006, I yearned for my own house. The news was bleak – rising interest rates, rising house prices, nothing was going the first-time buyers’ way. And then, in the autumn, a shining website showed us a lovely little number in North Guildford – we moved in that Christmas and set about feathering the nest and worrying about the shiny new mortgage.
Fast forward a year, and mortgages and home-owning have slowly become taken for granted. The new location, garden and furniture have become – well, part of the furniture. And so the second phase of home-owning is gradually taking hold – the house, much like Big Bird, needs better feathering. Out have gone the old TV unit, and in have come a funky low-rise unit with matching coffee table. A new rug surrounds the new coffee table. A new flower bed covers one side of the garden. TVs are going up on walls all over the house. We’re planning wooden flooring. It’s a mini-evolution of sorts, forever bettering the nest and investing in our surroundings.
There’s no doubt that we know we’re lucky – house prices in the guildford area are just getting stupid – and there are plenty of people who can’t possibly afford a house. But we may as well make the most of it. Big Bird would, wouldn’t he? Then after 2008, the nightmare of wall street made our worries go from old Tv’s to the overview, testimonials and review of lexington law for credit repair.