from Dead Point, a Jack Irish thriller by Peter Temple:
"I was under a three-metre-long table made of red cedar cut in Northern New South Wales before World War One. I was examining the perfect fit of the wooden buttons that fixed the tabletop to the frame and would allow the timber to move seasonally for a few centuries until it stabilised."**
** How's that for craftsmanship?
from Make Me, a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child:
"...a couple of bullies with the combined IQ of a bucket of primer."
There's been plenty of articles on TV, in those current affairs type shows, about tenants who trash their rental properties.
Yesterday, we saw the other side of the story. People paying decent rent amounts, (what I call outrageous amounts) and being ripped off by the landlords because in many cases the 'homes', are uninhabitable or badly in need of repair or simply not as advertised. And the landlords won't fix things.
We were shown a two story house advertised as having reverse cycle ducted airconditioning throughout and there was a unit attached to the house, but vastly inadequate to the point where only one room could be heated or cooled.
We saw homes with mould in living rooms, many homes in various states of disrepair and one where a woman and her daughter were living in one bedroom and a porch and a second bedroom was padlocked by the landlady, so inaccessible.
One spokesperson said tenants did not need to meekly put up with this. They should stand firm and go on "rent strike" (not pay any rent) until the landlord has fixed what needs fixing.
Does he really think that's what will happen?? Landlords fixing things? Maybe a few would..
I can see it now; all over the country tenants will stand up to the landlords and declare they are not paying another cent until......and the landlords saying, "fine, pack your things and get out".
Imagine the chaos!
I personally know a few people who stay in poor quality houses because they cannot afford to move and they're afraid to ask their landlords to repair anything because the landlords may then raise the rent to recover their costs.
On the weather front; we've had some warm spring-like weather, followed by a few quite hot days, which is normal, then yesterday we had a late afternoon thunderstorm.
Heavy clouds, thunder, lightning, sheeting rain, you know how that goes.
But in Adelaide's eastern suburbs, they had it so much worse.
Flash floods, heavy hail and snow.
That's right. Snow. In the suburb I used to live in.
I saw it on TV. Roads with cars stranded, up to the top of the wheel arches in water; yards and house roofs, businesses too, covered so thickly in hailstones it looked like snow. People sweeping water out of shops and homes.
And we (I) saw kids making and throwing snowballs at each other, others making tiny snowmen.
Ah, Adelaide in the Spring (*~*)
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