Four degrees overnight and we’ve learnt that the walls of the old weatherboard house here in Oakleigh has a lot less insulation than the bricks and concrete of Richmond! The only heating in the house is the wood fire, light it at 6.30 pm and by 10.00 pm the place is just starting to feel warm — just in time to go to bed.

Bund is back, amusingly, a heat-related problem. One of its fans had expired and the machine overheated. My suggestion that they move the machine outside and let ambient air cool it was received — coolly.