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The wife and I live separately, though reconciled in all other ways, and so I initially moved into an over 50's complex with the same housing association. All heating (gas) is in with the rent - and that rent cannot go up beyond a certain amount because it is protected under some social housing law. Therefore, I could have the heating on 24/7/365 and not have to spend an extra penny. My electric bill is only tiny because I have use of a free launderette in the complex and tend to do all my charging at work and water is in with my rent as well. But for the permanent use of three fans right now, my electric bill is around £5 per week.

 

Should my family not be able to afford to heat their house sufficiently this coming winter, or afford the electric bill (five of them use up a huge amount - mainly washing and drying clothes) they can come around mine for 75% of the time; just going home to sleep.

 

It is a sad thought that they might have to come around mine for a warm in a 'developed' nation but I can see what was originally a disaster to me last November (splitting) as becoming a providential blessing. The average age of folk in this complex is over 75 and it's pleasing to know that there are 50 elderly people who won't have to choose between dying of starvation or pneumonia. That was already a thing for years before the deliberate destruction of our economy, but is going to be exponentially worse this winter.

 

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10 hours ago, Saved said:

The wife and I live separately, though reconciled in all other ways, and so I initially moved into an over 50's complex with the same housing association. All heating (gas) is in with the rent - and that rent cannot go up beyond a certain amount because it is protected under some social housing law. Therefore, I could have the heating on 24/7/365 and not have to spend an extra penny. My electric bill is only tiny because I have use of a free launderette in the complex and tend to do all my charging at work and water is in with my rent as well. But for the permanent use of three fans right now, my electric bill is around £5 per week.

 

Should my family not be able to afford to heat their house sufficiently this coming winter, or afford the electric bill (five of them use up a huge amount - mainly washing and drying clothes) they can come around mine for 75% of the time; just going home to sleep.

 

It is a sad thought that they might have to come around mine for a warm in a 'developed' nation but I can see what was originally a disaster to me last November (splitting) as becoming a providential blessing. The average age of folk in this complex is over 75 and it's pleasing to know that there are 50 elderly people who won't have to choose between dying of starvation or pneumonia. That was already a thing for years before the deliberate destruction of our economy, but is going to be exponentially worse this winter.

 

 

Can we also visit you? We could have a good sing along while we wait for the clothes to dry.😆

 

 

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23 hours ago, Tinfoil Hat said:

Same here. A lot of decorative solar lamps are better than they used to be too, as they only need daylight rather than sunshine, so that's another plan - plus I've a camping lamp which the battery for some reason has had plenty of use over the last 8 years yet is still going strong in (and a stash of spare batteries ready). The telly will stay off, as will the central heating, and my electric fire can run for a brief time daily to take the chill off. I've a camping stove and a stash of gas cannisters, but I also have a Ninja Foodie which is more economical to run than a big oven and you can do pretty much anything in. 

 

If they increase my DD, I'll go into my on-line account and decrease it again and if they play silly beggars I'll cancel it altogether - they'll be like headless chickens because there's be so many people in arrears.

 

Oh, return of wind up camping light! Do they last long though? I guess winding could substitute your daily exercise? 😆

tbh, lightbulbs aren't the problem, things like oven costs.

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Just now, DaleP said:

 

Oh, return of wind up camping light! Do they last long though? I guess winding could substitute your daily exercise? 😆

tbh, lightbulbs aren't the problem, things like oven costs.

 

I;ve never tried the wind up stuff myself. 

 

Things like fridges & washing machines & showers are problematic because those things can't really be substited their usage be reduced easily. I just stocked up initially in case of power cuts.

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3 hours ago, Sit down, Waldo said:

What's going on that needs covering?

Wall to wall inflation in every country, fuel shortages, food shortages, riots in other countries, bank runs in China etc. Etc. Etc. Anything other than what they are saying. 🤣👍

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3 hours ago, Sit down, Waldo said:

Quick nosey at BBC news ... Mo money, anime on YouTube, home massages, look how much we pay Gary Lineker ... wall to wall distraction stories.

 

What's going on that needs covering?

 

I heard Laura Dodsworth on Talkradio. She said bills are going through while we're looking the other way. Also that parliament, especially the opposition are calling for restrictions and mask mandates. And that Tom Tugenghat is the only one who voted against vaccine passports. 

 

This is the third summer that I've thought we have to find a way to get ready for the winter / autumn bombardment, and I'm still no closer to realising what to do to make a difference in the lull before the bloody storm. 

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1 hour ago, Tinfoil Hat said:

 

That's a bit extravegant. A watering can hung over a nail with a bit of string's nearer the mark. 🙃

Oh that's nothing, in our house we just waited until it rained. 

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7 minutes ago, Morpheus said:

Looks like Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. 

 

Did you watch the tennis btw..?

The Ozzie was going mental at himself, bitching at his wife. When he was winning too.😂

kyrgios is not the full ticket & a drama queen, shame coz hes a good tennis player.

 

Novax is banned from the US open & Oz open.

 

Nadal looks like his mystery injuries are about to retire him for good.

 

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Incase you were running out of made up 🐂💩 to fret about...

 

https://nursingnotes.co.uk/news/clinical/every-single-ambulance-service-in-england-declares-critical-incident-status/

Every single ambulance service in England declares ‘critical incident’ statusOne ambulance was forced to wait 24 hours just to hand over a patient as hospitals also struggle to cope with demand. 

 12 July 2022

 
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Talkradio (Sorry, it's my only vice 😉)

 

Lord Winstone;

 

On Johnson;

"He wanted to be a dictator" (I think that was his words)

"Astonishing for someone who is a Conservative, who should be conserving ..."

 

On Elon Musk; saying the world is underpopulated ...

"The world could support a lot more people if the food supply was sorted out"

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