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Ceci n'est pas une pipe d'eau froide
The cold tap in my bathroom hasn't been working for a while. No biggie - we generally shower anyway, and when a bath is necessary we can fill it from the shower. Still, eventually I decided I'd better get it fixed - and, having no regular plumber, lighted through a combination of sieve, shears and Yellow Pages on a local man. What appealed to me most about him, of course, was that he used to run a second-hand bookshop, and spoke on the phone in a rather plummy voice, for a plumber. Plumbing has been a romantic profession in my eyes since watching Cluny Brown at an impressionable age, and I was secretly excited at the idea of being visited by a Gentleman Plumber, probably in tweedy overalls impregnated with the aromatic scent of pipe tobacco.

In the event his overalls were olfactorily neutral, his only pipe was the one which ran to the mixer tap, and his second-hand bookshop turns out to have specialized in railway literature, which limited our common ground to a perilous isthmus. Still, he was every inch the gentleman, fixed my tap something lovely, and charged me only £20 for labour. I shall certainly keep his number.
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Useful little men are always worth knowing! :o)

He was quite a big little man!

Like our boiller service chap who's humungous, whereas our builder and decorator is shorter than me and I'm only 5'6". :o)

I chose my plumber because his business is called "X and daughter". (It turns out that his daughter is actually at school and he did the name on the offchance she might join him in it; I bet he got lots of business from women out of it, though!) I keep using him because he's competent and pleasant.

There aren't enough X and Daughters!

There's an old and traditional brewery in the West Midlands which trades under the fine old name of Julia Hanson & Daughters. :o)

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Toongsten bloody carbide drills?

My grandads were colliers although I'm not a northern playwright :o)

£20! that is well cheap!

I know! And it involved two visits, a trip to the builder's merchant, and replacing the entire tap. About 90 minutes work in total.

!!! that is amazing. I wonder if he's just doing this as a retirement hobby...