it's a rented house (not our blinds) and the removals men left an hour ago with everything but the hoover, some cushions and my laptop. i do have scissors, a screwdriver, some rollerblades and lots of tiny pieces of lego.
all is well again. i performed a procedure similar to a laparotomy i once observed. i squeezed the tube until i could find the blockage (the big sort of tag on the end of the cord) then sort of manipulated it very carefully as it was jammed tight and nearly making a hole in the tube. it turned it came out i am victorious.