Our team is losing one of its members. The Scottish team member is moving on. So Ted and I have been on the lookout for a suitable replacement. A new flatmate. No small task. We thought the best place to start was the internet: that link to weirdos worldwide. With the click of a button you can invite a Swedish sociopath into your home. Or a Finnish one. As I did.
So we posted an ad on www.gumtree.com.
What does this say about us? Seasoned renters knows that "spacious" means "mildew in the bathroom", and that mentioning the presence of a cat in the headline is a bit, well, crazy cat ladyish...
What do the following ads from gumtree say about their posters?
"Lovely Double Room in quiet flat"
Translation: No closet space AND boring flatmates
"Looking for 6 people to share fab flat 10m from centre"
Translation: Who needs a bedroom with windows?
"Double room (single and double bed) for 2/3 people available from Sept 12th"
Translation: Fractions are lame. And, it's totally cool to share a room with two/thirds other people when you're 25.
"Large double room for couple in house share with South African, Brit, and cute spaniel."
Question: Is it ok to refer to Spaniards that way?
"Are you Irish, Australian, South African, Canadian or a New Zealander click here"
Translation: No Americans.