I've had a bit of a cold the last few days and so have been taking it easy and not doing too much today. I was woken from a little siesta a few minutes ago by a load of shouting and scraping noises right outside my door. Turned out that the Brazilian guy who lives around the corner and has a little private bakery had bought himself a new (and monstrously big and heavy) machine. They were struggling to get it down the staircase in the passage. After much heaving and shouting, they finally got it over my front door step and down to the bottom of the stairs. I gave them a round of applause. My little contribution.