I was at a horticultural trade fair in Germany this week where one of the star attractions was a new rose variety designed to amaze. It wasn't that the blossoms were any more spectacular than any of the beautiful roses we are used to - the innovation was that the stem was as straight as a poker and as a tall as I am.
What is it? This 1960's three-bedroom mid-terrace at 6 All Saints Road has never been extended. An observer notes "it's interiors are in flitters". In fact the owners stripped it right out to ensure nothing was hidden and buyers could see exactly what needs doing. Vendors of homes which need substantial work should take note: if you want it to go, strip it and show.
There are said to be 365 lakes in Co Cavan - one for every day of the year. But any time anyone mentions the number of lakes in Cavan, they always say there are 'said to be' 365, which suggests no one has ever bothered to count them.
With 40 years in construction under their belts, builders Mark Cooper and Matt Dooley from Kilcullen in Co Kildare are no lightweights. But when it comes to their latest house-building projects, they have to take special extra measures to make sure they're not completely blown away.
In a world obsessed with thinness, our furniture is gaining weight. You could call it bulbous, blob-like, cartoonish, tubular or cuddly, but the buzzword is 'neotenic'. And yes, I had to look this up. Neotenic, in a nutshell, means "having childlike features that provoke an emotional response".
Q Our landlord is selling up and has given us first option to buy. Myself and my partner applied to our bank for a mortgage but were refused based on his credit rating (an outstanding loan on the sale of a previous property and a credit card bill, now written off). My question is can I apply for a mortgage on my own - I earn €30,521 p.a. Our rent is €650 p.m., with a credit union loan of €120 p.m. and €100 p.m. being saved. I have a credit card debt of €3,500, but €66,000 in total saved.
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