Boiler man arrived while I was typing that. It's the thermostat - something in the internals or wiring I think, he's off to get a replacement now. Heating, soon :) Thermostat was apparently older than the boiler, he seemed surprised something that ancient was still working (or rather, was still working as recently as Sunday).
Boiler man been and gone again ... heating! Yay! New thermostat all fitted. Not too expensive, given the call out charge was high coz I'm a new customer. Talked a bit about replacing the boiler ... £2500 or so, he reckons. It'd involve thermostats on the radiators, possibly altering the position of the flue as well as the new boiler. I don't think so, not unless it becomes a necessity. Certainly not just coz it's a little flaky at times, anyway ;)
Yesterday was more Civ4 - after a few starts and stops I'm going for world domination the oldfashioned way ;) Stomped one civ, just pondering if I want to take a breather, or just start in on stomping the other neighbour I have immediately. Also read some books - finished "Agyar" by Steven Brust ... not part of the series I was reading before. I liked it - it's very clear while reading it what the story is about, what the main character is, and indeed, what happens at the end. But none of that is set out explicitly. Which made it feel more plausible and real, somehow. Also read "Bengal Station" by Eric Brown, which actually was the sort of story I thought "The Foreigners" by James Lovegrove would be, but wasn't. It was a thriller in a sci-fi setting, which wouldn't've worked in a non-sci-fi setting. Nice to read (I'd say 'fun' but it's a rather cynical view of the world), but somehow felt rather shallow.