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Gadgets, don’t we love ‘em? But how many of us realise when buying the phone, the ipad, and the camera, just how much charging up we have to do. The other day I did a count:
Three house phones
Two mobile phones
One DVD player
One electric shaver
That’s an awful lot of charging to do at the end of the day
Everything else, apart from one item, is either plug in-electricity or battery:
Cool air fan
Remote disc drive
Which goes to show our heavy reliance on services.
Would I have it any other way? No sir! Gone are the days of being a slave to the home. Gone is the nightmare of laundry, copper boilers and those dreadful wringers, outdoor drying if the weather was good or indoor drying by the fire, damp air causing chest complaints, and ceaseless ironing. No more bathing in cold rooms, or daily shopping for fresh food, walking to school or work, shovelling coal, scrubbing or polishing floors, pumice stones, Cardinal polish and chimney sweeps.
Some say ‘those were the days’ ... I beg to differ. Those were most definitely NOT the days one would wish to live through again.
But what WAS good about the old days was that people were friendlier. Neighbours were allies instead of enemies, nobody turned down a request for a cup of sugar or half a loaf. Just try asking neighbours for the loan of a pinch of salt nowadays. There were fewer neighbourbood arguments, more helping hands. If there was a crisis, neighbours moved in to help, unlike present times when neighbours often don’t even know your name.
It did me good to reminisce, it made me grateful for what I have ... and all brought on because I have to charge a few gadgets.
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