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February 24, 2017

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Electricity !

February 24, 2017

Have just returned from a short 4 day break to an olde world cottage in North Wales - everything was perfect until Storm Doris hit ! Apart from the expected gales and pouring rain, what really affected us were the power cuts- they started early morning with intermittent cuts, lasting only a few minutes each time initially, which enabled showers & breakfast OK, but at 10.30 the electrics went off completely. You just don't realise how much we rely on electricity - the central heating went off, no lights obviously, no hot water, no TV or radio, DVD or CD player use,  no internet, no hot food, and the worst of all , unable to even make a cuppa !! Having exhausted "I spy with my little eye" etc, read magazines & books until it got too dark, we ended up dozing off huddled around the gas fire ! I decided against driving somewhere due to the amount of trees & general debris flying about, so stayed put. After almost 7 hours normal service was resumed, thankfully, making us so very grateful for the guys who must have battled atrocious conditions to re connect the power lines. If nothing else, the experience made me realise that the " good old days" before electricity were nothing of the sort - in fact they must have been crap !

John (JKW)

February 24, 2017

Joined: May 12, 2014
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February 24, 2017

Can't begin to imagine no electricity. Apart from all the things John mentions, no electric toothbrush, no electric nose trimmer or ear hair trimmer, no electric hard skin remover for my calloused feet, no electric water jet flosser, no electric knife, no battery charger for our ebikes, lawnmower, hedge trimmer, strimmer, leaf blower, no filter or water feature for our fish pond, no power for the remote controlled garage doors, etc etc. We are totally reliant on electricity, how scary is that?

February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

David ,John laugh over here there about 5/6 k homes businesses still without electricity,after Doris hit there was about 24k without the spark,but ESB ( Irish electricity board) have actually been busy repairing lines ,and the rural supply is  all overhead ( similar to the USA /India) . Back in the last century when I first went on hols to Goa at the reception of  the hotel you were handed your room key and a couple of candles and a box of matches ,and you used them often . Surprising this last vacation to Goa we were getting the odd blackout but our guesthouse had a reserve electricity supply which kicked in straight away ,can you imagine 35 C and your overhead fan/air con is not working , saying like "an old sweat " comes to mind . It makes you relize how much we rely on the plug on the wall or bulb in the ceiling,just thinking when I was a kid in Birkenhead late 40's early 51 we had gas lights in the downstairs rooms only ( before TV ) as a kid that was life .

February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

just pick up on a few small things about power supplies, I am surprised at you guys not having an alternative power supply. I have a small petrol generator purchased for the munificent sum of fifty pounds from Colin Bithell R.I.P. It operates at 50 herts, small telly, kettle, lights etc. note not all at the same time.  For you John being as we are all ex tank/armoured soldiers surely you should have the proverbial BREWSTICK that you can plug into your cars cigarette socket this would alleviate your craving for a good brew. David what about the the petrol cooker on all our panzers/armoured cars, soon replaced by the gas canister by the more affluent amongst us, even better still the Benghazi, couple of gallons boiling  hot  water in 5 minutes, hanging the chargol  of the gun barrels to get ice cold water. I know we are all older now but these skills are still there, we are all going soft in our old age. For you Bob that's a deffo on the gas lamps, for me  we had electric lights downstairs basically because of machines my dad used in the business, but we still had gas lamps upstairs, that plopping sound the mantlets used to make  gave me the heebie jeebies, we used to listen to Journey into Space downstairs on the radio, then run the gauntlet of those plopping sounds up to bed. keep smiling you guys. ps different post about the BMW David really had me laughing.  

February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

Bob, you mentioned my name and panzers  in the same sentence!!


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