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Sat 1-May-10
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Danny
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On reflection, Danuta, in this day and age: Internet connection and laptop or PC are so hugely important.

Agreed.

Give me both of those and a mobile phone, and I could probably do my job from a beach on the Algarve.

Joanna - I am amazed that some people in Western Europe still do not have running water.

How spoiled we are.

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Sun 2-May-10
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People in Latvia not being able to afford running water is one thing and something they are used to but when the economic bods get on their high horses and state that people have to have their wages and pensions cut because the country cannot afford them while the rich just carry on as before then that really gets to me. They don't have to live in the conditions that these folks live in. I would love to put them in one of the houses for a week and see if they still recommend the same solutions. After all to put it in perspective a yearly doctors salary (or maybe even less) in the UK would pay for all the social benefits for the whole of our district for one year. Steam

Sun 2-May-10
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JoannaS said:

After all to put it in perspective a yearly doctors salary (or maybe even less) in the UK would pay for all the social benefits for the whole of our district for one year. Steam


That is a truly shocking thought Joanna.   As for not being able to afford running water...Eeek

I'll try that again!

Tue 4-May-10
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I couldn't do without the internet as without it I couldn't do the job I do.

I'd also rather not do without central heating and a dishwasher!

Tue 4-May-10
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Hi Su, welcome!  After yesterday's very cool weather I agree with you about the central heating.

I'll try that again!

Tue 4-May-10
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Hi Su (neighbour), and welcome.

You are so right. Times have really changed over the past 50 years or so. Th'interweb (as TA laughingly calls it), and decent access speeds, is not a luxury any more. It is as important as TV was 20 years ago or like radio was 50 years ago.

I could survive without central heating but then my little fingers would stiffen up and I would not be able to use Th'interweb.

OK. Agree. CH is #2.

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Tue 4-May-10
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It's cold outside and our central or rather communal heating is off but our nice woodstove is wonderful.

I couldn't do without the internet too, my studies are online, my job is online, my children are scattered about and it is cheaper to keep in touch online (just talked to youngest on Skype this evening) and I couldn't meet up with you lovely lot. Cheers

Tue 4-May-10
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I'm with you all about the internet - I think my cookery books are becoming redundant, too.

Do you think someone could invent virtual housework to relieve me of that duty, then I can spend more time doing the things I really enjoy - or is that just being selfish????????? Big_Laugh  Big_Laugh

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Thu 6-May-10
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I could get by without central heating, but I'm so glad we don't have to. I have memories of early mornings spent trying to restart the coal fire from the merest glimmer to get a bit of heat in the house before going to work. Or taping tinfoil over the fireplace to get a fire roaring as soon as possible in the evening. Brr.

Thu 6-May-10
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Ah, Shereen, that reminds me of my childhood when my Daddy used to start the fire in the morning - making knots of newspaper, laying thin sticks of wood over that then the coal on top.  We had some kind of metal object that was used like your tin-foil though I can't recall the name of it.  Meanwhile, we'd a;ll be shivering.

I'll try that again!

Thu 6-May-10
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Me too, the little boiler in the corner had pipes that went up to the ceiling, and along - all hot pipes warming the place. My Dad used to put his working boots behind the boiler to dry out, ready for work the next morning. When we had homework, though, because the TV was on, we had to go into another room, and turn on the little gas fire - golly that was chilly in winter!!!!

Mind you - as children, we played outside - a lot, and rarely indoors. Fond memories.

We survived though, didn't we?

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Thu 6-May-10
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brightspark said:

Mind you - as children, we played outside - a lot, and rarely indoors. Fond memories.

We survived though, didn't we?

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Oh yes!  Always outside, whatever time of year - so that Mum could get on with the housework and cooking.  Yes, survive we did.

You had TV? Eeek Ah, you are younger than I, that would explain it.

I'll try that again!

Thu 6-May-10
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TA, I am a pensioner Eeek; the TV arrived when I was in my teens, and even before that it was the radio - we were still sent to the other room for the homework Yell.

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Thu 6-May-10
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Shereen said:I could get by without central heating, but I'm so glad we don't have to. I have memories of early mornings spent trying to restart the coal fire from the merest glimmer to get a bit of heat in the house before going to work. Or taping tinfoil over the fireplace to get a fire roaring as soon as possible in the evening. Brr.


I have memories very similar to this, but my Nana used to use a sheet of newspaper and I remember one day being terrified because it went on fire.  She just laughed and threw it in the fire, but it is a memory I will always have.  Funnily enough now, I have used the same method to revive an ailing fire in this house. 

Oh and as to playing outside - always!  I was quite warm in my liberty bodice    Whistle  and my balaclava   Big_Laugh     ( oh those were the days. ) Big_Laugh

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We had a Rayburn oil fired stove in our kitchen back then when. Or maybe it was coal fired originally and later converted to oil - or the other way around. I really cannot remember. But us kids used to always undress and change into our nightclothes in front of it, for heat and comfort.

One night, as I was bending over to get into my pyjama bottoms, my 8-year-old behind made contact with the fire door. I will never forget it. I was a real wuss as a kid and cried bitter tears readily.

Not to mention that day I sat on an anthill without realising what it was  . . .

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