Count Down to Midnight

I spent New Years Eve in a local Cantonese restaurant and then watched ‘Jools Annual Hootenany‘ with a glass of bubbly to see in the New Year. I couldn’t resist trying to take a few photos of the show. I have spent a lazy day reading and playing board games and now I am looking forward to roast duck for dinner. Tomorrow I go back to work and I am not really ready…

For those who are wondering, an electrician did turn up yesterday morning to look at my flickering lights. He asked what the problem was, watched the lights flickering and declared it was a loose connection in the fuse box. He went on to say that unfortunately he wasn’t allowed to touch the fuse box and he would have to phone one of his colleagues and ask him to visit later in the day.

The second electrician did turn up. He asked what the problem was, watched the lights flickering and said, ‘I don’t think it is a fuse box problem’. After trying a few of the light switches and the fan in the en-suite he decided it was a problem with the light fitting in the en-suite. When he investigated he found that the ceiling fan fed off the wiring to the light fitting and that it had become loose. Instead off putting the old light fitting back up, he very kindly put the new one up instead. The new light fitting had been put to one side for when the decorator came. So now all the electrics are fully functional again.

Wecloming the New Year

24 Comments CherryPie on Jan 1st 2013

24 Responses to “A Little Bit of Jools”

  1. rusty duck says:

    Enjoy the duck. I’m ready for fish for a while… Except that I forgot to defrost it. :(
    Glad the electrics got fixed!

    • CherryPie says:

      The Duck was declicious and Mr C openened another bottle of bubbly to accompany it :-)

      We have been eating varied meals over the week (including fish) so I am not maxed out with too much eating.

      Remember to defrost yours for tomorrow :-)

  2. Duck and goose is expensive here. I was in bed for the turn of the new year but looking forward to 2013.
    Coffee is on

  3. Ayush says:

    great shot and interesting text to go along with it. yes, it will take a while to get back to the routine :)

  4. Ginnie says:

    YAY for hootenannies and for technicians who know what they’re doing! :) Happy New Year, Cherry. Astrid goes back to work today, too, but she’s glad it’ll be a short week.

  5. james higham says:

    For those who are wondering, an electrician did turn up yesterday morning to look at my flickering lights.

    It’s been on my mind.

  6. liz says:

    Ooh, duck. Haven’t had duck for ages. You’ve given a craving now.

    Don’t you hate it when the plumber says it’s an electrical problem and the electrician says it’s a plumbing and so on? Glad your problem is sorted.

  7. Claire says:

    Sounds a good way to see 2013 arrive with tasty food and Jools.

  8. So how many electricians does it take to fix a flickering light?

    Two, apparently (and even then I await to see if the problem returns).

    And how exactly does someone become qualified to call themselves “an electrician” when they are not allowed to touch a fuse box?

    And two (distantly but relevantly) related questions:

    1. What chance would we have of designing and building Spitfires nowadays?

    2. Are we de-evolving nowadays?

    Happy New Year, but I just hope that the world can keep spinning without our help because if we were needed to fix it we’d surely f**k it up.

    • CherryPie says:

      and even then I await to see if the problem returns

      Yes I am still waiting… although the second person to turn up was very thorough even down to insisting on finding some filler to fix a hole by the light fitting!

      In response to question 2 I would say that ‘we are’ de-evolving nowadays.

      You will have to explain question 1 I am not quite following that thought…

      I think the world can spin very well on its own and there is far to much interference from folks who think they know better!!

      • Well, designing and building Spitfires required technical intelligence and competence, of a kind that seems in short supply ever since so many people were told to go and get degrees rather than work at apprenticeships and actually learn how to do something useful, but I suppose it only takes a few people to do the really clever stuff and the rest just need to bash bits of metal together and screw in screws. Not that I’d be capable of any level of assistance, probably – I’d mess it up along with the rest of us. Anyway, fingers crossed that your lights are fixed and we can all sleep easy until the next crisis ::)

  9. Mickie Brown says:

    Sounds like you had a good New Year’s Eve. What a great photo. Mickie :)