November 2, 2009
Should have looked East for a tradesman?
We’re in a recession. Unemployment is rocketing. No one is spending any money, least of all on discretionary items like wallpaper when there are mouths to be fed? Can someone please remind the tradesmen of Eastbourne!
First it was the roofer who, after finally agreeing that 3 weeks on Tuesday, if its warm, with a moderate south-westerly and if his nag at the 4.30 at Kempton comes in, might just turn up to do some work. Only he didn’t. Or call to say that he wouldn’t. Nor return any calls.
Then there was the decorator this week. Or rather it should have been last week, but that turned out a bit tricky. So it was Sunday instead and then today and, after being cornered at his shop (did I forget to mention I’m also supposed to be buying a stack of expensive furniture off him – something else motivational you might think?), he suggested he’ll pop round very soon to do the work he’d priced up weeks ago. Yes, you can make the rest up….
Ok, we’re 4-star not 5, silver-rated not gold (I’ve no idea what either means) but surely a self-respecting B&B can make an effort to look vaguely dandy. Don’t say we didn’t try.