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We've had some excellent short breaks with Premier Inn, at Westminster Bridge (Waterloo) and County Hall - not sure how it would work with kids, but fine for adults coming in by train and wanting to do tourist stuff on a budget.
If the emphasis is on cheap, there are a few things you might already have at home:
Possibly acetone - try cheap nail varnish remover
Possibly isopropyl alcohol - try surgical spirits / rubbing alcohol
Possibly methylene chloride - try paint stripper but be aware of the fumes
I've used nail varnish remover in the past to remove excess thread locking compound during assembly - not sure how different it is when it's had time to cure...
Mine's Welsh and I'm on (but not from) the other Clee...
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I'm about 12 miles from Cleobury Mortimer - lived here since 1998 - 'clibber' is a new one to me!
Having said that, we're still regarded as newcomers, and I don't understand half of what is said just down the hill in the Corvedale...
Googled 'clibber lad!'
Still no idea.
South Shropshire - a bit too far away to be of practical help...
I'm not against circular saws - would also be my first choice, but not as a first power saw in the hands of someone using it without training, without supervision and presumably without experience?
Opinion only - it's possible to argue either way.
Assuming accurate and deep scoring on both surfaces, and the blade cutting cleanly at right angles to the surface, the jigsaw should be on the inside (hidden) surface so that the cutting stroke is pulling the visible (outer) veneer into the board, and any scuff marks left by the sole plate are on the inside and will not be seen.
The advantage of having the saw on the outside is that you can follow the line that is on the visible surface and any slew due to the blade flexing sideways will not be visible. This assumes that your marking / scoring is deep enough to prevent the veneer from chipping or delaminating when the blade catches it on the up (return, non cutting) stroke...
I'd do it with the saw on the inside and be prepared to buy a deep pile carpet to hide the edge if necessary.
(Assumptions = weasel words to excuse poor advice if it doesn't go to plan)
However, I have a need to spend time here being overly verbose and offering unsolicited advice. The alternatives are to start working through MrsE's idea of a job list or watch daytime TV...