Powering the local economy
Back before Christmas I went to get my car out of the garage, and when I closed the garage door it swung completely off its track. We got a quotation from a supplier of garage doors and realised that getting a radio-controlled door (handy as it opens directly onto the pavement) wouldn't add greatly to the cost. However we would, of course, have to get electricity supplied to the garage.
So this morning we had an electrician round, who gave us a rough quotation. He pointed out, though, that to get electricity to the garage we'd either need to get a builder to cut a conduit into the floor of out back yard from the cellar to the garage, or have what my wife described as "Delhi-style" wiring (i.e. cables strung between buildings just above head height).
Tomorrow, then, a builder is coming to give us a quotation....
For some reason this song kept running through my head (it was a huge hit in Britain when I was very small).