A bit of free advice on the subject of washing machines. The German ones are reliable. John Lewis own brand is really a German one. This was told to me by a washing machine engineer, so should be pretty reliable.
4/1/2000 Things are moving We've had the letter from Wycliffe about "raising support". They want us to aim that 25% of our income comes from other people by the end of a year, and 50% by the end of two years. Other news: I've officially asked for voluntary redundancy Spoiler: after 4 years of trying I didn't even get to 20%, so I was paid a salary after all.