Just a quick update on the disaster zone progress: no new troubles anywhere, and I'm happily working off the remaining todo-list.
Since last time the cornices were fixed (#1 plastering tool: human fingers - I simply filled the bodged mitre corners into a decent round shape), the ceiling and cornices were spackled, sanded and painted twice, the cable and outled for the light were moved to a decent place on the ceiling, and I've been tiling, a fair bit. I've also bought a nice new light and a mirror cabinet.
Rob lending me his brandnew Sigma 4-A tile cutter is such a great help: This is a Bella Macchina indeed! (Italian tiles and Italian cutters seem to go together well.)
I've now managed repeatedly to cut strips 16-18mm wide from the 300mm long, 8mm thick porcelain - without breakage. Amazing, but quite nerve-wracking a process (I dislike wastage). Overall I've only had two cuts break wrong badly since the grinder nightmare of last week.
Here are just a few quick pix of yesterday's work: I've got most of the bottom row and all of the shower hob frame to tile, plus the window surrounds and all the grouting.