The rented holiday house comes with a landline – a nice touch in this era when many people don't have a landline even at their permanent home.
However, within minutes of walking in the door, the phone rang. Hello, we thought, someone has already worked out that we're here. No such luck! The caller was “David”, and he spoke with the familiar call-centre accent. “I'm ringing to let you know about our special offer.......”. I can't tell you whether the offer was chimney balloons, draught-stoppers or something else, because I hung up!