Well, that's how it came out. What I mean is, do most houses have mice? Do they, as it were, come with the package? When the lads gave this house its long-needed makeover last autumn they blocked off a lot of the places where rodents could get in (including the one where I spotted one vanish after it scurried across the kitchen doorway one night), but they are almost certainly still around. Indeed as the understairs cupboard door is ajar most mornings after being closed at night I wonder if they are coming and going that way (yes, supermouse opens doors - but there are small perfectly circular holes in the door and they probably get out through them forcing the door open as they do so).
Yesterday I went for a walk around Norbiton as part of a project, or just an idea, to find out what it contains and what it is possible to do in it. It certainly contains several shops, a supermarket, a bank, a church, a cheese shop, a kebab shop, several restaurants, a fish shop, a pet shop, several pubs and at least one music venue (the Peel). And a cemetery*. I took 45 photographs and the last was exactly one hour - to the second - after the first.
But imagine my surprise when I found out that someone has already embarked on such a project already although less of a user survey (as mine is) and more of a philosophical starting-block. I present Anatomy of Norbiton
. The author at one point mentions a bookshop which I looked for but believe may be imaginary. It's just a bit too Rodinsky / Borges to be real.
Apart from that I have translations to do and need to go and buy French-language newspapers and magazines. The first of my Recommended Reading books - "In Other Words - Coursebook on Translation" by Mona Baker - arrived yesterday lunchtime after I'd ordered it the previous day at 5.20 pm or so. That's what I call a quick turnround.
*I asked a passing postman if a passageway he had come out of led anywhere or just to houses. "No mate," he said, "it just goes to those houses and then there's the wall of the cemetery. It's a dead end."