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Matson, a fine view of Painswick

Dear old Matson is just on the edge of Gloucester and has a fine view of the Painswick hills, it has a reputation as a tough area but it also has a strong community spirit. I had a good friend who used to live there and he loved it. This is another in my series of the real meaning of Gloucestershire place names which I’m hoping to make into a very small book entitled “Glossary: the real meaning of Gloucestershire place names”. Available quite soon which you’ll be able to purchase for a very small amount.



Poor carpentry/DIY

One of those jobs done in a house where you wondered why they ever started, like a mini bar in the corner of a lounge made from stone cladding to match the outside of the house, and with a dark wooden shelf. None of the cupboard doors open properly and if they did would reveal a bottle of sweet sherry from 1968 and another bottle that appears of unknown origin containing a vivid green liquid that has shells stuck to the outside. The label of the latter is unreadable but is probably Spanish as there are plastic castanets stuck to the bottle neck.You’d be wise not to drink it, even when someone bets you a lot of money that you can’t.

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  1. Best off those cabinet doors don’t open properly then.

    November 5, 2015
  2. I’m sure you are familiar with the facts that it will have been constructed from a kit where the ‘builder’ has not bothered to read the instructions, or they are a rough translation from the Chinese. He will then have gone ‘off-piste’ to try to get the job finished. RTFM, meaning read the ******* manual.Thanks for liking these, they seem to be getting a good response.

    November 5, 2015

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