Britain: Mug Under the Waterfall

Seedy family house, two rooms in basement. Decor peeling, faded, floral and flyblown. If you are too late to secure this gem, we have a spare along the road, rather more derelict. A lightly built member of our staff negotiated the basement stair but our Mr. Halstead went crashing through.

So ran an ad in London's Sunday Times (and the Observer), and in no time at all the house was sold, lock, stock and faded, flyblown decor. By couching his property description in readably deprecating prose, a chipper British real estate agent named...

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