Power cut overnight leaves the house UPS drained after half an hour and me retreating quickly to the office from the constant high pitched whine of the batteries which I can’t switch off. Office in mess and minor states of calamity. Four air conditioning units are now fixed to the walls trailing control pads and drain pipes everywhere. Server room now contains the new firewall (functioning) and the file server (not functioning). Also has uncool AC remote hanging down straight into the doorway and ceiling fan directly under the light resulting in weird strobe effect. Claustrophobic and badly lit—it’s a scene from Aliens.

Smashed glass in UK equals departed housemate. Worries grow over quick return to UK to move stuff out of current house or find new place to live.