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Barbed words

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Given Astragal's track record with DIY – injured pets, minor burns – he has always suspected that building one's own house should be avoided at all costs.

This hunch was strenthened at the recent launch of the Youcanplan pattern book for self-build homes. Advocating new forms of procurement, the narrator told the assembled that he would find only one situation more unpleasant than building another house for himself under the present system. What could that be? Being forcibly violated, described the narrator in slightly more colourful language. Up the rear end. With barbed wire. One to avoid then.

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