Holy Trinity Church Hardel Walk
The Big Dig

The spire of Holy Trinity Church seen from Cressingham Gardens.  Split level houses on Hardel Walk. Wild flowers growing adjacent to Brockwell Park on the site of The Big Dig, a London wide project for enthusiastic urban gardeners.

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This archived blog

March 7th, 2019

For those of you who may be wondering why the “We are moving” post has disappeared I relented and decided to pay the £7.20 once more to continue the domain name for another year. For the time being my annual costs of £7.20 for the domain name and $10 for the cheap hosting will ensure the continued existence of the blog.

On a personal note we may be moving house this year, even further from London; which will mean fewer if any trips to the capital.  So essentially the blog is over but remains useful (in my eyes) for its take on housing standards and as an easily accessible table of Parker Morris standards.

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Earlier this year I decided to fulfill a long held ambition to find out what running a Low End Box entailed and found somebody to teach me. After a few days instruction I had one running for $10 annually and then paid for three more so I now have four Virtual Private Servers running in New York, one of which hosts this blog.

What I hadn’t bargained for was the downtime. Because it is so cheap (£7pa) I think they have over promised and under delivered in other words I think they have more customers than they have server space for so rotate the rented server space i.e. 95% uptime instead of the 99.999% uptime you get with more expensive hosting.

There is no way of predicting when the VPS will be down and out of the four I rent, one may be down at any time, normally for at least 24 hours and more often for a number of days.

So if you can’t connect to this blog one day, sorry. It’s not that I’ve closed the blog it’s just that for $10 a year I don’t get a 24/7 service. There’s always https://singleaspect.wordpress.com/ as an alternative which is the same thing in a different format.

World War 1

November 11th, 2018

I cannot begin to comprehend the First World War. I have never understood war at all, beyond the occasional need perhaps for two angry men to knock seven bells out of each other to settle a misunderstanding in a pub. I have never ever understood why these differences of opinion have to be extended to encompass entire nations and destroy civilisations. So today when I read this Tweet from Tom Cordell I thought yes, I agree with you and that’s why I’m posting it here.

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Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

November 4th, 2018

New Labour, you started this.

Bookmakers taking huge profits and football clubs taking sponsorship from gambling and leaving the NHS to pick up the bill and families to face grief is privatising profit and nationalising consequences.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/04/end-scourge-of-fixed-odds-betting-terminals

Austerity isn’t over

November 1st, 2018

Right to buy – Richard Blyth

October 31st, 2018

Sutton Estate dual aspect

October 26th, 2018

David Shukman BBC One news 10pm July 26th 2018

“This new assisted living centre in East London is designed to protect elderly people from the heat. I went to see one of the flats inside, they’re designed to be cool. Jill and Morris Matthews explained that they have windows on both sides of the building so a breeze can flow through”.

Perhaps the BBC can be persuaded to take an interest in Woods House Pimlico for the benefit of its residents.

On Grenfell Tower

December 3rd, 2017

This is not expensive.

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/household-appliances/cooking/hobs/logik-lindhob16-electric-induction-hob-black-10143242-pdt.html