Spiral's interest in concrete and stonework may yet prove to be very healthy. At least, healthy for the state of one's finances.
Like M'Lady Boreades, who was showing an interest in relocating to somewhere with space for more hens and less children. (We might pin a note to the front door to tell the children we've moved). The pics in the advert looked nice. But the small print said: "Concrete screening test has graded part of the ground floor accommodation as Class B."
We thought, now then, that's not the usual kind of florid prose one usually finds in an estate agents' blurb.
Sure enough, a quick search revealed that: Thousands of homeowners in the south-west are discovering their properties may be worth 25% less than they thought because they have "infected" concrete. These homes, built between 1900 and 1950 using cement mixed with waste from tin, lead and copper mines, are said to be "mundic" – a Cornish word for chemical pyrites embedded in the waste and which turn to sulphuric acid when water penetrates the concrete. The acid then causes the concrete to crumble.http://www.theguardian.com/money/2009/n ... -mortgages
So - "mundic" - a new word for the TME vocabulary.
It's not just what they put in the pasties.