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New Windows

When I moved to this flat in November 2013, I quickly began to compile a growing list of items that may need attention. Many of these have since been rectified, I am pleased to say. Some of which has been attended to by my own two hands. One area I was unprepared to tackle personally was the repair or replacement of the rotting windows.

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Single-glazed and long overdue a fresh coat of paint, to say the very least… Well, it was just over a year ago that my landlord (without any prompting from me, whatsoever) signalled an intention to replace all three windows, as they were beyond the best. This week, I’m pleased to be able to write that the have finally been removed.

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Chappie / Maleficent

When I first saw the respective trailers for these two films in the cinema, somewhere over a year ago; I held a reasonably high level of hope and anticipation towards them. At the same time, there was also a strong sense of reservation – the kind, of which, had prevented me from watching either one until quite recently.

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Another New Mattress

It was the 1st of March; the dawn of a brand-new month. A perfect opportunity for my latest instalment in what has become a regular series of trips to and from Ikea!

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Memento / Mockingjay: Part 1

My interest in Memento came about after reading somewhere that it was released around the same time as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – one of my favourite films that I was inspired to re-watch recently. When I then realised it was the work of Christopher Nolan, I immediately thought of Interstellar, Inception and the Dark Knight Trilogy, which sent it to the stratospheric point of my rental list as a high priority.

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New Year, New Mattress

Here we are in 2016! I hope that everyone has welcomed in this new year in a safe and responsible manner…

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A few days before Christmas, I made yet another journey to Ikea (my third, I believe, in as many fortnights) and treated myself to a brand-new mattress.

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Building the Shed (Part 3)

Somehow, it’s been almost four complete months since I posted Part 2… It was in the following month (September) that I was able to complete the finishing touches to the shed and get the overdue finished photos (albeit, captured on my smart phone).

In this post, we’ll go over those final additions as the project draws to a close.

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Making a Window Mirror (Part 3)

Over the weekend, I made my most recent trip to Ikea (twenty-four hours after ‘Black Friday’, no less) and obtained a final box of Lots mirror tiles (plus one spare pack, in case of any further breakages).

This post will tie up all the loose ends with regards to how the project came to a close.

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Making a Window Mirror (Part 2)

For this window-mirror, I wanted to use rectangular glazing that would complement the functional window that this construction is likely to be situated across the room from. Looking around at various packs of glass tiles and they only appeared to come in square sizes. For a while, I was tempted to buy a pack of mirrored-acrylic tiles from a seller on eBay, knowing they can be cut with woodworking equipment.

Looking around some more and I found Ikea’s Lots mirror tiles and, for the quantity I required, they were set to work out at around half the cost of the acrylic, even before postage. So, after collecting three packs from Ikea in Bristol, I was left with the challenge of having to cut the glass myself – all of which is detailed below.

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