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.....is going to get very boring, very quickly and very soon: they're turning off my electrickery at 9:00am this morning. :cussing:

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Read a book, go for a walk , paint the wall, mow the grass , wash the car , even spend a little "quality" time with the other half , the possibilities are endless.........


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Get a genny. There's a nice inverter one good for 700W (more than enough for TV and internet) for £150??? on Screwfix

Will also be useful for when the lights go out due to government energy policy incompetence!

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Read a book, go for a walk , paint the wall, mow the grass , wash the car , even spend a little "quality" time with the other half , the possibilities are endless.........


Reading books is reserved for the bog and bedtime usually, I go walkies almost every day, this morning it was persisting down, so my indoor hobby would be ideal, but I can't use my potters wheel without electric, and can't do any hand-building cos it's too dark in the garagio, and can't spray any glazes without the compressor. Painting mowing and car-washing is not for me, (a bit wet for that anyway). Being retired I already spend too much time with the other half, and much as I love her (or at least who she was) her disability also affects the brain and at times she's hard work.

Fortunately some bits arrived from eBay this morning and I spent the afternoon making an orthotic device for her - £11.00, or £562 from a specialist.

Bill is paid idk, this was planned maintenance. :B

If my son ever comes home and clears his bedroom out I might be able to make room for a genny in the garage somewhere. He's running out of time though, I gave him an ultimatum when I lent him £8K to buy his house that his junk had to be cleared from here.

Leccy is back on now, off from 9:40 - 16:55

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I remember life before electricity and we were never bored. :salute:

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if its back on now you'll be able to watch the newcastle united relegation party being held this evening at the stadium of plight.....


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if its back on now you'll be able to watch the newcastle united relegation party being held this evening at the stadium of plight.....


Well we could....... or we could do something useful with our time.... :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I remember life before electricity and we were never bored. :salute:

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I didn't know you lived in the Victorian era Colin!!



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There is a train of thought that says a self imposed period without electricity ( and gas and running water too) is a good thing to try out to prepare oneself for a potential time when such outages become reality. Try it , you can leave the leccy on for things like freezers but just try to imagine no power for the cooker , lights , tv, etc. could you cook or prepare a meal , stay warm and navigate the house with torches , lamps or candles. For that matter do you have a store of water should the mains go off for any reason?


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There is a train of thought that says a self imposed period without electricity ( and gas and running water too) is a good thing to try out to prepare oneself for a potential time when such outages become reality. Try it , you can leave the leccy on for things like freezers but just try to imagine no power for the cooker , lights , tv, etc. could you cook or prepare a meal , stay warm and navigate the house with torches , lamps or candles. For that matter do you have a store of water should the mains go off for any reason?


You got a wee underground bunker kitted out with food and essentials for the apocalypse Grendel??


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No hollowed out volcano lair I'm afraid but perhaps I'm a little pessimistic about just what might happen and I do have a huge stack of firewood , probably three months of food, plus some water stored as well as candles , bottled gas , toilet rolls etc etc . Bit short on tin foil hats though.


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I remember life before electricity and we were never bored. :salute:

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I suppose frustrated would describe it better than bored, I've fired two kiln loads recently and am a couple of pieces short of a third load which I need for a show in August. As things worked out, this morning would have been the ideal time to throw those last pieces.

Boredom is sieving glazes through a 100 mesh.

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There is a train of thought that says a self imposed period without electricity ( and gas and running water too) is a good thing to try out to prepare oneself for a potential time when such outages become reality. Try it , you can leave the leccy on for things like freezers but just try to imagine no power for the cooker , lights , tv, etc. could you cook or prepare a meal , stay warm and navigate the house with torches , lamps or candles. For that matter do you have a store of water should the mains go off for any reason?


I was in the Scouts, I can build a fire and cook on it (or I could, not sure how you could forget that).

I can get around my house without any lights, do it most nights whenever I get up for a wazz.(I like the dark, spent many hours out fishing in the dark in the past - sometimes at places/times where I wasn't supposed to be, so lights were a nono).

I've got enough specialist outdoor wear to keep me warm.

Got three water butts, I'd have to boil it though.

Not much stored food, but the neighbours are mostly fat, I'd eat them. :mrgreen:

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Our location means that electricity blackouts tend to last days rather than hours so we're well versed with the inconveniences of having no power. You'd be surprised how soon you miss even basic (decent) lighting - lights were perhaps the MOST missed item when we had a 5 day power cut.

Like Grendel I'm an advocate of self preservation and we keep ourselves well stocked for such (potential) occasions and now have a lifestyle that relies less and less on 'others' for our security.

There's a saying that goes 'the country is only 3 meals away from riots'. I believe it.

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