Open doors

door_1We have had several lots of workmen at our home recently and they have all exhibited a single interesting characteristic.  They were all congenitally incapable of closing a door behind them.  This applied to the door by which they entered and left and the door to our downstairs cloakroom.  All were left ajar.

Reflecting on this, I came to the conclusion that they probably live in modern homes with self-closing doors fitted everywhere.  Thus, they push a door open, enter the room and the door closes behind them.  Our home is over 200 years old and full of creaks, unevenness and strange angles.  None of the doors close unless you push them shut and some are not very happy to close completely even then!

I have to say the thought of living in a home with doors that shut after you enter is not one I welcome.  It takes away a freedom to be open or private as you choose.  I suspect it is the ‘elf & safety brigade who think a house that is shut room-by-room is safer in the event of a fire and I am sure they are right but I would rather enjoy the choice and risk the fire.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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