My Bed 104

My break from blogging continues. I have not been posting in or reading the comments sections. I am told some people have been worried by some posts there purporting to be from me. They are not from me, I am in good health and have not discovered any “bugs” or phone taps – someone is posting nonsense comments in my name.

Anyway here is a photo of my bed, to help explain why I am taking a break.


And here are some pictures of the rest of the house, which had been illegally converted to bedsits and substantially trashed.






Here is Ingo working on reinstating an original mable fireplace and open fire. Unfortunately by the time I took one this one the plaster dust had got into my Blackberry as it has got everywhere else.


We only have a few weeks left to get the house habitable for the family. We work from dawn to dusk. We haven’t got television or the internet or indeed, much of the time, electricity and water. It is simply not practicable to blog sensibly at the moment so I am concentrating purely on the building work until we are past the worst of it.

104 thoughts on “My Bed

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  • corris

    Been there and loved it – would do it again any day given the opportunity

    Enjoy – you’ll look around for ever more and think “I did that, my design and my work”

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Good luck, Craig. It looks like it’ll be a lovely house once it’s been refurbished. I really admire anyone who can work with their hands and bring order and habitability to a run-down property, who can turn a building into a home – and good on ingo, too. If I had a trade – or was any use at fixing things (the only dovetail joint I know is the one from the Beatles song!) – and if I lived a bit nearer, I’d be offering concrete help. It’s very brave of you and I wish you many happy years in your new home. Best wishes.

  • craig

    The latest sustained and organised attack came at exactly the same time as my Range Rover was targeted on the way back from the Italian restaurant where we know the owner. He takes great care of Nadia, which is why we bestow our patronage on this establishment.

    To cut a long story short, we were distracted by an apparently helpless, drunk young woman. When we stopped, a balaclava-clad thug pointed an implement at me and demanded an apology. When I nervously asked for an explanation, he said, “I am Neil Barker and I am the chairman of my local gun club. Don’t fuck around. Just read the Burton Mail, and pay for it.”

    Then he disappeared into a black mist, murmuring “Saadi, Saadi, Guchi, Guchi.”

    I will never forget this moment as long as I live.

    I’ve been threatened by coconuts, attacked by a man wielding a pineapple, and had my back door rattled by ghosts. But THIS ONE really rattled ME!

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Man in a mansion! Who dares wins! I like bolognese! Who is kidding who?

    I rush to my bookshelf for my copy of “Who’s Kidding Who” but the cupboard is bare.

    I’m off to Wetherspoon’s!

  • Tom Welsh

    How many ex-ambassadors would (or could) rebuild the interior of a house with their own hands?

    Bravo, Craig! Once again, you are an example to us all. Good luck with the house…

  • ALex T

    You need to get your plumber to clean all the debris out of those voids as he goes Craig, they are a fire hazard. I was a ganger for several years working on listed building rennovations in London and would never have allowed plumbers or sparks to get away with leaving voids filled with crap like that. Watch out for needles as well with these old converted bedsits, they turn up wedged into the most unlikely places.

  • somebody

    This was not my post.

    I agree with (the real) Suhayl. Craig is a real brave.

    Posted by: somebody at August 8, 2010 2:15 PM


    I am full of admiration for Craig, Ingo and others doing the work. Best of luck and thanks for letting us know you are alright Craig and for the photos. If I were you I would shut the blog down until you return. There are so many stupid impostors – three already on this post.

  • Richard Robinson

    “If I were you I would shut the blog down until you return”

    But he’d have to return to paying attention to it in order to do that, no ? Hey, he’s got a house to fettle. Winter won’t be long.

  • Clark

    I could authenticate posts for people like I did with my own on the previous thread, if anyone is interested.

    Looks like Craig has a lot of work to do!

  • Alfred

    Good to know all’s well.

    Thought maybe you were so frustrated at the impossibility of keeping Larry and the other shills off your pages you’d decided to give up blogging and run a boarding house in Ramsgate instead.

    Anyhow, good luck with the dry wall. And in the meantime, we’ll keep trashing your position on the 9/11 post!

  • Abe Rene

    My goodness. I wondered how anyone could survive while refurbishing an unhabitable house. I guess friends must be helping you and your family. Good luck!

  • Ruth

    You’ve shown us the photos before. Can we see the ones after? I think the house will be quite exquisite with its early Victorian interor renovated. Hope it all goes well!

  • Chin

    Good to see you’re doing well. Good luck with the renovations.

    As for the shills, you can see that it is the same bloody amateur as they keep making the same basic mistake when posting under different names. Obviously I won’t point out what it is as they MIGHT be able to learn something from here, but I doubt it… ?

  • dreoilin

    The bloody amateur posting as ‘Suhayl’ apparently thinks Walmart operates in the UK. To my knowledge (and correct me if I’m wrong) Walmart owns Asda, and Asda owns Safeway in Northern Ireland, but there is no ‘Walmart’ anywhere in these islands. Real sloppy job.

    Suhayl, please don’t stop posting here because of that clown. And to you and Clark, thanks for your good wishes for my friend — he’s now in a medically-induced coma.

    Good luck with the house, Craig, looks like a huge job!

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    Yes ‘Clark’ is a good investigator and thank-you ‘Ingo’ helping Craig get up and running – time is precious and I only wish I had the capacity to help. Metaphorically speaking there are ‘diamonds’ here that will overcome the abuse.

    Bravo to Craig’s genuine supporters…

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Thanks, dreoilin and Chin, very much appreciated. Rest assured, such antics as have been displayed hereabouts over the past month or so represent not even the faintest breeze across the visage of my consciousness. Even when I’m neither visible nor audible, I remain a presence, watching both the progress of the real posts and those deployed by the various assorted silly-billies.

    All good wishes for your friend’s recovery.

  • MJ

    Hello dreoilin, lovely to hear from you again, I’ve been missing you. Very sorry to hear about you friend and I wish him a speedy recovery.

  • Jon

    Nice to see a fresh thread, with good folks on it amongst the troublemakers (who really need to try harder if we’re to be taken in by their rubbish).

    Thanks Craig for posting – best of luck with your project!

  • technicolour

    I don’t think they’re trying to take anyone in; just desperately bored & sad, and as people have perceptively pointed out, bloody amateur at everything else. I guess they must have no friends. Anyway, hello all real people. Greetings from a foreign land from me. And seconded hallos and sympathies to dreoilin particularly.

  • Herbie

    Where’s the imposter’s Walmart reference?

    Notice he can’t do a simple copy and paste url either.

    Might just read it to have another laugh at him.

    Haven’t felt quite this bored since the World Cup.

  • dreoilin

    “Where’s the imposter’s Walmart reference?”

    It’s on the previous thread, about seven posts from the bottom. Posted as Suhayl.

    Hello MJ and tech 🙂 Nice to talk to you both again.

    Should be in bed.

  • Alfred


    When you get through renovating the house, sometime in 2017 by the look of it, perhaps you will consider renovating the blog. The software truly is crap,which makes coherent conversation extremely difficult. And the place is infested with trolls (Larrys – Mr. and Mrs.), provocateurs (Angrysoba, self described “footsoldier for 9/11 lies”) and silly buggers whose mendacity is matched only by their verbosity and conceit (cf the 9/11 Post –

    It’s your blog so obviously you can do as you like with it, but whatever potential it has seems severely constrained at present by the problems noted.

    All the best

  • Suhayl Saadi

    I’m uncertain why Mark should be thanking Ingo for helping Craig. But thanks, Clark for the offer of help. I’ve amended my url. Let’s wait for the Zionists to catch on to this one.

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