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I write in near darkness. Nothing to do with the weather but the builders are back. Windows are covered, scaffold erected and men swarming (if 3 people can swarm). The roof needs attention and coffee and biscuits need buying. This can be a stressful time as most bloggers know. We have all had the inconsiderate chap (always male in my experience) who lights up in your house, is not the cleanest in the bathroom (ahem) and walks mud and goodness knows what else throughout your house. And then charges you a fortune (plus VAT) for the pleasure. This hasn't happened for a while so here's hoping things are getting better (and no that's not a cue for a song so you can stop that now).
Outside is sunny and mild (in comparison with the weekend) so with a cheerful step we journey to drivetime and the return of Dawn French. She has a new novel out called Oh Dear Sylvia. Dawn has really taken to this writing malarkey (this is sounding familiar no?) and is set for a series of bestsellers if her last one 'A Tiny Bit Marvellous' is anything to go by. There's also talk of the need to do 'The Bishop of Dibley' if the CofE goes ahead with women bishops. Hear Dawn after 6.
Oldies please for the new 4G phones please. The UK's first fourth generation (4G) mobile service has gone live in 11 cities.
London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow and Southampton will have access to network EE's 4G from this morning. This all means extra speed and capacity which allows for high-quality streaming of audio, video and other content while on the move. Apparently. It all seems a little unnecessary and extravagant at the moment but you cant stop the march of technology-we'll all succumb eventually. 4G it is then.
Have an efficient and astute Tuesday, see you after 5.


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