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From: John
Category: Other stuff
Date: 05 January 2003

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The cellar of my terrace house has around 8 inches ( 20cm) of water covering its dirty floor. My neighbour alerted me, the water has probably been there since the 26th of December. All my treasure is sunken, old tvs and paintings and an enormous pile of knives and forks look pretty in their underground lake. I assumed it was general rainwater, because it doesn't smell, and that's what my neighbour had thought too. When the people who work for Thames Water finally came, they gave us the good news that it is filtered sewage water. The problem only affects around five of us in a row, so their is the delicious imagining of whose sewage one has downstairs. You do a piss or a poo, or your neighbour does one or two, and then minus the solids it collect in your basement. A place where all the rubbish you want to forget goes. A runny tummy might be caused by the e coli down there, and its results end up there too. The musty smell, quite Venetian, creeps upwards through the gaps in the floorborad. Now I wait for the sub contractor's shit tube attached to the big truck with its flashing lights to suck all the water out. Presumably it will drip a little of its contents on my floors as it works. Last night I dreamt my sister dropped sewage on me from a window, and was only woken from my hallucination by the knocking of the water suckers at my door (pimply good natured men accustomed to other people's smelly waste). Perhaps the whole thing is a dream and some freudian can explain it.

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