some things about our new home you might not know

We're really starting to like our new pad. We've got some slightly scary geese for neighbours, we're next to a canal, there's plenty of tea, and we no longer have to lie about living in a tower because we actually do.

All that aside though, there are a few other things which help make it a bit special.

Fruit towers

Firstly it's a brand new BREEAM 'good' building, which means it has internationally recognised good environmental credentials. The 'good' rating means it's well insulated with good air circulation and energy efficient lighting, among other things.

Last leaver pulls lever

There's also this rather nifty and satisfying lever to pull if you happen to be the last person to leave your floor at night. Pulling this turns off the circuit which powers all our lamps, monitors and phone chargers while leaving everything else (which is on a second circuit) alone. So there's absolutely no danger of it shutting down the servers and all that other essential stuff.

Fresh air time

Even more exciting is this little light which comes on when the temperature outside is equal to the temperature we want inside, cutting the air conditioning off. The fancy name for it is mixed mode cooling, and when it happens it means it's time to open the windows, check out what the geese are up to and embrace the fresh air. We've also been known to do a little celebratory dance.

If the light is green run for your life

Then we have this very useful light which will let us know if the world is coming to an end and we need to make a sharp exit. It hasn't come on yet but when it does, we'll be ready.


We'll probably head straight for the helipad.