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Second hand? Doesn’t everyone do this with their first home?

A University of New Hampshire professor who teaches Environmental Economics put her expertise to good use in furnishing her home entirely with second-hand items.

via Fosters

I’m not impressed. In my generation (late Stone Age) nearly everyone furnished their first home, usually a cheap apartment, with second hand and hand-me-down stuff.

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November 28, 2010 Posted by | appliances | Comments Off on Second hand? Doesn’t everyone do this with their first home?

Like the man said, “They don’t make them like they used to.”

Britain’s oldest fridge is showing no signs of freezing up anytime soon – after 58 years of continuous use.

Retired piano teacher Doris Stogdale bought the General Electric fridge when she and her family lived in what is now Malaysia in 1952.

Mrs Stogdale, 89, of Oxford, recalls that it cost the equivalent of £135 – and has never needed any maintenance or even a single new part.

via Britain’s oldest fridge still going strong | Orange UK.

October 26, 2010 Posted by | appliances | | Comments Off on Like the man said, “They don’t make them like they used to.”

Once again: Don’t mess with grannies.

It is the sort of exasperation we have all felt in the face of poor service and officialdom. But Tracey Fox wasn’t prepared to play the poor helpless housewife.

After surviving without her washing machine for three weeks and a string of failed repair attempts, she took the law into her own hands. . . and kidnapped the engineer.

Locking the doors to her three-bedroom terrace home she told the bemused workman: ‘You might as well dial 999 because you’re not leaving until it’s fixed.’

More at  Mail Online.

She held him hostage for 15 minutes but let him go just before the cops arrived. The repairman said he wouldn’t call the cops because he didn’t want her to get into trouble but he did call his manager who probably did call them. No charges were filed and the company gave her a new washing machine.

January 19, 2009 Posted by | appliances, Strange | Comments Off on Once again: Don’t mess with grannies.

Britain’s oldest fridge?

Britain’s oldest fridge?

A County Durham farmer’s wife reckons she has Britain’s oldest fridge – a 77-year-old Electrolux. The 4ft fridge, which she bought secondhand for £7.50 in 1969, has a manufacturer’s stamp showing it was made in 1931, reports The Sun.

Maureen Mace, 60, of Esh, County Durham said: “I keep waiting for it to break down but it doesn’t – it just goes on and onThey built things to last in those days. The seals had to be replaced once, but apart from that it hasn’t given us any trouble. It’s even got the same light bulb.”

January 21, 2008 Posted by | appliances | | Comments Off on Britain’s oldest fridge?

Is it just me? Or does she look maniacal about toast?

Daily Mail

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It might not be quite the best thing since sliced bread. But it’s certainly a close-run thing.

When Joan Lopes picked out a shiny silver toaster as a present for her parents, little did she realise it would still be working some 56 years later.

Since she bought it in 1951, the simple but stylish two-slicer has browned to perfection thousands of pieces of bread – along with the occasional teacake – serving three generations of the same family.

December 27, 2007 Posted by | appliances, People | Comments Off on Is it just me? Or does she look maniacal about toast?