AS BETH wrestles with the final chapters of her dissertation on the government’s birth control strategy and its implications for the sexual health of the nation (the prospects are not good) we continue to face the even more challenging and labyrinthine rules of building control. Building inspectors (unlike builders, whose main concern is to get on with the job) seem to favour the barrier method: ie erect as many barriers to progress as possible. Do we need fire doors on every room? ‘No’. Correction – for ‘No’ read ‘Yes,’ four weeks into the project. Little green running men, emergency lighting, protected stairwells: you name it, we need it. Except now they say we don’t. Well, not all of it, anyway.
At this point we’re considering designating the chapel our second home and asking the taxpayer to fund the moat we intend to build round it to keep out the bureaucrats. In the meantime here’s the work in progress.