Found out some more information about how to properly heat the flat using the fire. It transpired we'd been doing it all wrong, you have to get a roaring inferno going for about 4-5 hours, heating up the bricks in this way and that should be good for a couple of days or so.
I also learned today just how much you get screwed for taxes here when you set up as a FIE (sole trader) as I've just done.
Hmmm, maybe this going freelance idea is, if not biting me on the arse, is threatening to do so; gonna have to work a lot more just to pay off the government, which in turn will be taxed.
Finally there seems to have been a few minutes respite in the rain which seems to have been going for the last 40 days and nights (well, since Saturday morning).
Supersedes previous passenger sheet.
4 hours ago