There’s nothing like a power cut to make you realise how dependent we are on electricity. Like many others I’ve been affected by the heavy rains in the UK and have been without power at home for three days and intermittently since. There’s the obvious things such as lights, TV, internet access you miss. But then you notice all the other tasks that need that vital bit of juice – doing the ironing, putting the washer on, taking a shower and even the gas-fired central heating needs power for its control systems. What feeble creatures we are…

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