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Posted 10th April 2013 at 11:31 PM by troggi

For the whole of this week I've felt lazy. Not the "I'm not gettin' up t'day" sort of lazy or the "lay on the couch with a family sized bag of 'Doritos' watchin' daytime tv" sort of lazy. No, this is the sort of lazy that says "hey! Y' know that job y' w' gunner do? Do it t'morra!"

I want to do some gardening because my garden is such a mess, I want to re-decorate the dump, er, I mean, STUDY, no. I was right the first time, it's an absolute dump. AND I've still got the Forth Rail Bridge to paint (that's the hall, stairs and landing to the uninitiated, 3 flights of stairs, 2 hallways and 1 landing to be exact).

So I thought I'd tell you a bit about where we live.

I did (up until 1997) live in Gosport just across Portsmouth Harbour from here. I was doing an Access to H.E. course at Fareham College and, in a Sociology class, where we were discussing the sociological aspects of contraception, the teacher came out with a few colloquialisms for the "rhythm method," one of which was "getting off at Fratton" meaning not going all the way on the train to Portsmouth Harbour Station. I nearly pissed myself at this and was asked why I found it so funny. I explained that that very afternoon I was going to finalise the purchase of a property overlooking Fratton Station.

There are a few areas in Portsmouth where the properties are very old but most areas are comprised of post-war buildings. Our little Terrace overlooking the railway line is neither, it is Victorian (1862, to be precise). It has a basement kitchen and dining room, the ground floor holds the living room and my study (the dump), the first floor is our bedroom, the bathroom and a spare bedroom (holding most of the contents of the dump at the moment), and at the top Joe's room (our son). In all but Joe's room if you had more than 4 people in a room it would be full! The rooms are small I guess is what I'm trying to say here and there is a theory as to why.

The Theory As To Why. The Canals were late in coming to Portsmouth and only lasted a handful of years before they were drained again to build the railway. The railway actually runs in a walled section of the old canal here. The local legend has it that they had the plans for two identical terraces of houses to be built for the "captains of the canals" and that, although the canal had been dry for about 20 years they were still going to build them. When you try to get a piece of furniture in here you can believe that this place was built for someone used to a narrow boat!

More tomorrow, I'm Jacobsed
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