He's not dead, FYI.
It's an attempt to hide the fire insert that I'm not really a fan of. I need to get a bigger/wider/darker frame and put something that isn't human in it. I also thought about a fire grill instead but I can't find anything big enough or opaque enough to hide this:
Don't get me wrong, it could be a lot worse, it's just not something I would choose and the cast iron/cast iron style insert we'd want to replace it with starts at around £230, so it's not going anywhere for now. Plus it works perfectly well and has a nice gas flame, and open fire is pretty welcome up here in Mancunia.
I bought a couple more sheets of wrapping paper from Magma yesterday (£1.50 a pop) so will probably be using one of these to replace dear old Bob.