After another year filled with talks and typing I find myself in the midst of sawdust, tools and plans. I’m on a DIY sabbatical of about seven weeks. Two more to go. And although not every second is enjoyable (falling of the scaffolding comes to mind) there’s a genuine sense of achievement at the end of each day. Slowly but surely what was once a badly redecorated room with lowered ceilings regains its former glory with a few touches of 2010 here and there.