ARTHUR | Saturday, October 17, 2020

5:03 PM

#ARTHUR. I am baking. My neighbour knocks to relay a message: can you pop round to Arthur’s? There’s no electrics, the fuse box looks fine, except, ah, the RCD. It trips the moment we plug the washing machine back in. Fine. Change the plug. Trips again. Broken washing machine. Disconnect, drain, shove it out the back, heaviest thing in the house. Then it turns out his phone isn’t working. The half-arsed fitters who turned up yesterday to plug in a panic alarm didn’t do a very job of plugging things back in. Phone fixed. This is absolutely, far and away, the most excitement I’ve had all week. Arthur is 97 next month, been here since 1956. Shashi is in his eighties and these guys meet up every single evening for a drink. #friends #goodneighbours #richmond