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    Lex Parsimoniae Xander's Avatar
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    Default 40ft stone needle found in Surrey haystack

    Don't know if people know of this story about a guy basically concealing his new house behind a haystack to avoid planning laws but I thought I'd link it in to see what you thought and provide a little mental chewing gum for the day..

    Hay presto! Farmer unveils the 'illegal' mock-Tudor castle he tried to hide behind 40ft hay bales | the Daily Mail
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    Heh.. the funniest thing is that the guy's name is Fidler (fiddler?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Heh.. the funniest thing is that the guy's name is Fidler (fiddler?)
    The thing I find funniest is the number of people throwing their teddies out of the pram cause he may get away with something they didn't think of doing or are unable to do.
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    That's an impressive feat. I hope they manage to continue living there. Red tape FTL.
    Not really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Heh.. the funniest thing is that the guy's name is Fidler (fiddler?)
    There is an NHL player named Vernon Fiddler, and I always call him "Kiddie." No one gets the joke, except one particularly Anglophilic friend.
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    Fascinating story.
    Beautiful house!
    What a shame it would be to tear it down!
    I hope they come up with a way to have it inspected and let it stay,
    or perhaps move it to another location.
    It would just be WRONG to demolish it.

    Why did they not go through the regular channels?
    Too much money to get approval?
    Or afraid the project would not be approved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTJMom View Post
    Why did they not go through the regular channels?
    Too much money to get approval?
    Or afraid the project would not be approved?
    Most likely a case where the local rules dictate what kind of house style you can build, how big, what color etc.

    I know theres cities over here with bylaws stating what color you can or can't paint your house, and you need a permit before you can if the color you want is on the approved list.
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    The most amazing thing to me is that people are complaining about that very nice looking house, when they didn't complain about that eyesore of a gargantuan tarp-covered haystack (that looks like the tarp was weighed down with old tires). Seems a little backwards...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    There is an NHL player named Vernon Fiddler, and I always call him "Kiddie." No one gets the joke, except one particularly Anglophilic friend.
    Ah no, I didn't mean that meaning. I meant fiddler as in one who cheats financially or breaks the rules. Quite appropriate to the circumstances!

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    That's ridiculous. I mean they're building a goddamn castle, and they wouldn't fill out the government papers? Could it really have been that much more work or do they want people to think they rich and badass?
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