Housework

Early in 2014 I went to lunch with Andreea and Gavin Bell, a Romanian-English couple in Cristian, half an hour away. At the other side of the table was a stranger to me, but an old school friend of Gavin’s: Greg Helm, who’d lived here for twenty years. At some point during the afternoon, I asked if anyone knew a good electrician, as the attic had to be wired, and various wall sockets and ceiling lights were still at the bare-wire-sticking-out-of-wall stage. Greg later remembered the conversation: ‘As I opened my mouth, and heard myself speaking, I knew I was mad to say it…’

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