February 21st, 2004

Bits and pieces

Another update on various things...

Progress on the flat front: I was sent a mortgage agreement form last weekend, so I signed that, got it witnessed, and forwarded it to my solicitor. That means that the bank have now definitely agreed to lend me the money, but there are just a few more formalities to go through before they actually give me the cheque. And the vendor has now got his act together, so his solicitors have sent a draft contract to my solicitor, which means that my guy can start a land registry search etc. Again, that should be just a formality, assuming that the vendor does actually own the flat he's selling! And I'm told that the surveyors posted the results of the survey to me yesterday (Thursday), so I should get them through the post tomorrow morning. If all goes smoothly, I should be able to exchange contracts in about 2 weeks, then complete about 2-4 weeks after that, so it will all be resolved by the end of March.

I've seen a couple of films recently. Firstly, "School of Rock" - it was about a school, and it rocked :) Then "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" - I'm glad that I finally got round to watching it, so that I now have a common frame of reference with other people who've seen it, but I don't think it's something I'll want to watch over and over again.

I've also re-read the two Dirk Gently novels (by Douglas Adams); I really should get around to reading "The Salmon of Doubt" sometime. One odd thing about the second one is that there's an extended rant about the fact that it's impossible to get pizza delivered in London, which seems really bizarre now. The book was published in 1988, and I know that it was possible to get pizza delivered in Durham in 1992 (so presumably in London too by that point). Maybe the book was the trigger? Also, is it just me, or does the novel end very abruptly? People talk about Neal Stephenson having trouble with endings (and apparently ditto for Peter F. Hamilton, although I haven't read any of his stuff), but this one really felt as if it had a chapter missing or something...

One cautionary note: be careful about ordering computer stuff from Overclockers if the item you want isn't currently in stock. Collapse )

And finally, I have learnt that there are two distinct varieties of honey bee: African and European. I guess it probably wouldn't be wise to start putting Monty Python quotes in my project report. Ditto for saying "Scope for future expansion: the Matrix"...

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Quick follow-up to last night's post:

Got the surveyor's report through this morning. Basically, he said that the flat is worth the asking price, but there are a few things that I need to get sorted out before I exchange contracts (e.g. the vendor needs to fix the leak under the kitchen sink, rather than leaving an overflowing bucket there), and I'll need to make some alterations once I've moved in. That's fine by me - I was already planning to make some of the changes he's recommended, and any money spent on that should add to the value of the flat, so I'll get it back later.

rjw1 recommended that I should talk to my credit card company about recovering the money from Overclockers, which is a good plan. I phoned them today, and they said that I need to put the details in writing, so I'll send them a letter later.

Thanks to elvum for tweaking the colours on my user pic, so that I don't "look dead" :)

And my book recommendation of the day is "The 3 Geeks: When the hammer falls!" (a TPB). So good that I missed my stop on the Northern Line, and didn't notice until I heard the announcer saying "This is Kennington - all change."