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Flatopocalypse Five: WaterBed

So, about six years after we discovered rot in one of the front rooms, five years after we discovered that they'd done a rubbish job cleaning it up and it had spread to the other front room, a year and a half after I had to get the kitchen fitted twice because the first lot had done it all wrong, and three months after I set fire to the kitchen meaning that it had to be fitted for a third time...I arrived home to discover that there were water splashes on the top of my laptop.

And that the duvet it was lying on, in the middle of my bed was soaked. And that the light fixture that was directly above it, which I had just turned on in order to see in my bedroom in the first place, had water dripping from it.

One quick dash upstairs had a _very_ confused joiner joining me to stare at the ceiling. Because although he's been working on the flat upstairs for a week he hasn't touched any water pipes in days. And there were, he thought, no water pipes above my bedroom.

So he spent fifteen minutes pulling up every floorboard anywhere near the spot directly above my bed, and eventually found a very old pipe going from the old (disabled) water heater in the cupboard, underneath a wall, and into the kitchen. Which clearly hadn't been touched in years, but had decided to spring a leak at a joint (presumably from all the shaking caused by the woodwork going on) and verrrrry slooooooowly leak until the floor was soaked through and then leak into my bedroom.

He's now entirely turned off anything that might be even remotely connected to that pipe, put the bit with the leak in it over a bucket, and a proper plumber is coming out ay midday tomorrow to sort it permanently.

And my lovely sister-in-law has offered me a bed to sleep in. As mine is a tad moist.

If there's a lesson here it's "Fuck me, living in a block of flats is a pain in the bum." Because of the three I've owned _all_ of them have, at one point or another, had water leak through from the flat above, or leaked through onto the flat below.



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Am I missing something in the new report on Brexit voting?

This piece talks about how the voting percentages weren't so bad for young voters as everyone thought, because actually 65% of registered young people (18-24) did vote.

What it completely fails to do is tell us what percentage of young people registered. Nowadays you need to register individually, and I would have assumed that less young people registered than average, so that 65% of "something" could be exactly the same as the "36% of young people voted", depending on registration levels.

Does anyone have access to the raw data behind this? Because right now the figures seem meaningless.



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Giving up on Britain

So, there was a referendum. And the eventual outcome, with the way that the Conservatives mostly pushed, and Labour equivocated, and the newspapers (nearly) all got on board, was that the public decided that what they wanted was the regressive option, and the opposite of what alll of my educated, liberal bubble friends thought was the right answer. At the end of it I felt completely burned out, and despairing that Britain was not really the kind of country that I really wanted to be associated with, particularly when I was lucky enough to live in Scotland, which was altogether more the kind of place that I wanted the rest of Britain to be like (and had voted more progressively, particularly in Edinburgh).

That was in 2011.

And it was a very big part of the reason why when the Scottish Independence Referendum came around I voted Yes. Because I wanted to live in a country with proportional representation, where it didn't feel like the media swayed the politicians as much as they do in Westminster, where the politicians didn't behave like little children shouting at each other across the chamber.

And now the EU referendum has come and gone I'm seeing an awful lot more people feel the same way. The Britain they thought they were part of isn't there any more. Or, rather, it wasn't there in the first place and the illusion has been pulled away. And I feel lucky to be in Scotland where there's at least a chance that I'm not going to be tied to the disaster that is now unfolding.

I feel bad for the people in Britain who are going to be stuck with this. I've had multiple friends frankly discussing their options for moving to Scotland. And I hope that things can be turned around. But I've gone beyond my interest in trying to hang around and trying to save Britain. I went past that point five years ago.



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