Here’s a new website that’s just come to my attention: Kitchen Synch, a brokerage service that will flog you a used or ex-display kitchen at a bargain basement price.
It’s a bit like a TK Maxx for kitchens and lists dozens of models by everyone from Poggenpohl and Siematic to Oxford and Alno. You can also sell off your old kitchen here, so it covers all bases. Nice!
Prices start at £3,000 for a ‘wood look’ Wellman kitchen in Beech Vinessa (retail price, £10,000, so they say) and rise to £65,000 for a stone two-island extravaganza with a Gaggenau ceramic induction hob … which I’m guessing is some kind of fancy schmancy cooker.
Mr Benn, for anyone who isn’t familiar with the name, was a bowler-hat-clad character from a popular kids’ TV show in the ’70s.
He lived at 52 Festive Road, a street which also housed a fancy dress shop, of which Mr Benn was a very regular visitor.
He’d pop into the shop where, as if by magic, the shopkeeper would appear and suggest a particular outfit for Mr Benn to try on, whereupon a whole load of jolly escapades would ensue.
The show’s creator, David McKee, lived at 54 Festing Road in Putney when he wrote the show – basing Mr Benn in the house next door and changing the street name to make it more child friendly.
And now, current residents of Festing Road have clubbed together to honour the TV series in the form of an engraved paving stone which will be unveiled this Saturday.
Mr McKee will be there for the unveiling ceremony, although at present it’s unknown if he’ll turn up in fancy dress.
Fancy a trip down memory lane? Here’s the Mr Benn intro sequence: