Peter Rhodes on a Tsar at the Palace, a surge in DIY and the nightmare of having your number plates cloned

 Peter Rhodes on a Tsar at the Palace, a surge in DIY and the nightmare of having your number plates cloned
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Kingfisher, the owner of Screwfix and B&Q, reports profits soaring to £800 million thanks to hordes of people turning to DIY during lockdown.

We are witnessing the emergence of a new socio-economic group, a new generation of blokes with black thumbnails, united under the worldwide banner of DIY: “If it ain’t broke, it is now.”

Incidentally, if you are embarking on your first DIY job, I can recommend the Rhodes Rule of Three which takes into account the fragility, fiddlyness and general cussedness of washers, compression joints, radiator valves and suchlike.

It goes like this: Buy three, lose one, break one, fix one.

A demonstration in Bristol against a new law giving police extra powers to deal with demos turned into a riot, thus proving the need for the new law. The hawks in Whitehall will be happy today.

So that’s the 2021 Census form duly filled in. I was surprised how intrusive it was. Surely it’s enough to know our…

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