Jon Mottentot was meeting with an adjuster today to go through what remained of his parents' Leistercestershire home. For their fiftieth anniversary, he had contracted with an electronics firm to design and install a 4m television in their home.
"They were getting on in years" he said, and "they had declining vision and hearing in the last decade, but they really enjoyed their telly and I just wanted to help them recreate in their golden years," he explained.
Though it took up an entire wall and required some modifications to afford unrestricted viewing, relatives who saw the new telly installed December 27, 2008, just days after the couple's Christmas anniversary said that the Mottentots enjoyed the endlessly large picture and unsurpassed sound which seemed to emanate from the entire east wall of the residence.
On January 8, 2009, there was a large crashing sound reported by neighbors and the residence at 315 Surrey Street was nearly totally demolished when the custom television fell inward into, across and onto the living room.
Mrs. Mottentot was at the market during the tumult and was intercepted by Jon and brought to a friend's home to avoid the trauma. Her unfortunate spouse was in the residence, though it is still not known if he was watching telly during the crash. Emergency workers pulled him from the wreckage, and though he was badly bruised and clearly distraught at the damage to his home of four decades, he did comment that "we'll just have to go back to the portable in the dining room....well, when there is a dining room again."
Despite a stiff neck, either from watching the giant telly or from the accident, he is expected to make a full recovery. Son Jon believed that the adjusters would fully cover the reconstruction of his parent's residence and they would be able to move back in within the month. The electronics firm which assembled the custom telly was not available for comment.