This is a very long shot, I realise, but I’m getting desperate.
2.5 years ago I moved to a small village on the Lancs/Yorks border. Cutting a very long story very short, my house backs onto a yard with those of two other people. One is a normal person but the other is a complete arse: a bloke in his (?) early 60s who has apparently made the lives of his direct neighbours a nightmare for 20 years or so: a bullying nutter. I heard about him before I moved but because I’m friendly and (from my previous job as a lawyer) used to dealing with arses I thought I’d be able to make a connection. I was wrong, though: this bloke is a nightmare, and impossible to deal with rationally. If I’d known then what I know now etc etc… but unfortunately I am where I am.
As I said, it’s a very long story. For the purposes of this post, though, here’s a summary of the relevant facts.
We’re in the process of getting super-fast broadband installed in the village. Villagers have done most of it themselves, and the process has continued for over 2 years. Many of us have helped in various ways (including me–spreading the word in the farms up on the moor and going round the village 18 months ago to drum up interest). About half of the village is now connected, and the rest hope to be so in the next few weeks.
We all have to dig a trench from the cable (as it’s gone round the village) to our houses, and lay a pipe thing in it so that the cable can come through. Volunteers will then drill through the wall and take the cable through our houses. After that the cable will be “blown through”, and then we’ll be able to have a connection. Because of where I live I need more digging than most. It has to come through my (normal) neighbour’s garden and then through my yard (under the flags). I’ve attempted to pay local people to dig through, and they said they would, but they’ve apparently now been frightened off by Tommy the Bully.
I’m now in the ridiculous position of being willing to pay to have the cable dug in for me (I can’t do it myself because (i) I’m at work full time (ii) there’s only one of me (iii) I have no techno-savvy) but all the local people seem to have just given in to the bully and nobody is willing to do the job.
It’s now time critical because the ‘blowing in’ is happening, and those of us who miss the boat will be stranded. I have (as far as I can tell) about 2-3 weeks to get the job done.
Is anybody out there who I know from walking willing to help me with this? What I need is a couple of people who can do some digging and stand up to a bully. I’m more than willing to pay anybody who can help for their time.
If you can help then please drop me a line. My email these days is mynm61 AT gmail DOT com.