“Earlier on today apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she had heard a hurricane was on the way.” So began the most infamous weather bulletin in British history on the lunchtime news 30 years ago. “Well I can assure people watching,” smirked weather forecaster Michael Fish, “don’t worry, there isn’t.” (Joe Shute, The Telegraph)
He was wrong. It was the night of 15th/16th October 1987 and we lay in bed listening to the slates from our roof crashing to the ground. Our insurance company paid up for a repair but their surveyor made it clear that the general state of the roof was less than satisfactory. We bit the bullet and had the back of the house and outbuildings re-roofed. Adamant that I was not having new roof tiles on the front of a Victorian house, I asked for the best of the slates to be salvaged and re-fitted to the front, Wouldn’t you know it, this was more costly than using new tiles. The total expense was significant and necessitated increasing our mortgage but rather disappointingly, not one single person ever said, “What a wonderful roof you have; it looks amazing!” If I’d spent a tiny fraction of the money on a new hairdo or dress, chances are that someone would have noticed and commented.
The reason for telling you this little tale is that I’ve recently experienced a similar situation. Not a roof, and several hundreds of pounds rather than thousands, but just as disappointingly no-one will make a positive comment about how fabulous my ‘new’ tooth looks. An porcelain ‘onlay’ is similar to a crown but the work involved, though lengthy, is less invasive and less of the original tooth structure is damaged.
I suppose that whilst one doesn’t make a point of checking out how the roof looks when visiting a friend, neither does one peer into said friend’s mouth to check out their dental work. And just as I was able to sleep easier at night knowing that the roof was secure, so I can be glad that my poor damaged tooth will no longer irritate, but I’ve had far more pleasure out of spending a lot less money on my new hair colour this morning. I popped into Tesco afterwards and two people commented favourably. (Two tone highlights with one just a shade darker blonde than usual, in case your wondering).