(It was a slightly tongue in cheek as we have had one or two in NW Kent/GL border area… albeit briefly in the past.)
Yes I realise that once one gets out the Greater London precincts… the hamsters don't peddle as fast, as long as once they may have… But they do need a rest now and then…?
I can clearly remember regular power cuts in the late 40s and early 50s… We all had candles to hand as a norm… (and of course we had winter regularly each year - and with snow…!). But then things improved…, and then improved again - with the sell off of the whole electrics system by a certain government a few years back. Which sell off brought us the "very reasonable prices" now charged by the mostly overseas owners of the systems; and we know it's only a matter of time before things get better/worse (delete as appropriate) in the next few years. Investment in alternative light and power sources may mean - for example…
Might soon be back to candle power in the real sense of the word… (oil being too expensive); and again dependant on solar power - for all those essentials items - mobile-phone, tablets, LED garden lights…; and of course the village/community (water) pump... There are even solar stoves on which one can cook a modest meal on too…
Incidentally when I lived out in the sticks in Canada… we were all prepared for power-outages (as we call them in Canada); stocks of candles, oil and lamps, and a supply of wood too for the stove and fires… But then we do get winter there and prepare for it; whereas it's so unusual these days to have winter here - and snow…!
But back to the main issue… I have heard of that simple Simon routine working in the past; so here's hoping it will on this occasion.
Never understood the how/why of it though. If anyone can explain the how/why I'd be interested to learn of it.
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