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northernraider



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Preparing for the blackouts Reply with quote

chris25 wrote:
I'm thinking of preparing for the blackouts this winter. I'm gonna have a little box with stuff in it, which I can easily get to in case the lights turn out.

Apart from the obvious candles and torches I'm wondering what else I can put in this box.

Entertainment of the mind is an important issue but books won't be too much good if it's dark.... Wink


I'm a bit paranoid about safety so though I have loads of candles I only use them in candle lanterns so accidental fires cannot happen. So for instant readily available emergency light I keep a couple of Cyalume white light sticks in each room and near the fuse box and front door, They give me about 8 or 10 hours of safe white light.
For info I also keep a Solar powered radio on the windowsill charging up each day.

Also it appears that most central heating systems no longer have gas pilot light to operate the thermocouple valves, they are now all electronic ignition systems which means if the power goes off so does the gas CH accordingly I have a wood burning stove for heat and a portable camping cooker for cooking on.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
The powercuts were real but the 'winter of discontent' was something dreamt up by the Tory press.


Really ? I remember unburied bodies stored in refrigerator trucks, huge piiles of uncollected black bags clogging streets, almost daily strikes in turn by railways, miners, car makers, steel makers, council workers and other trouble makers. I can also remember fuel shortages, Brownouts, power cuts, no milk deliveries, bus drivers strikes, bread shortages, sugar shortages fruit shortages as the dockers went on strike. I was a soldier at the time and ended up getting roped into all sorts of unsavory work trying to keep stuff moving.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Entertainment during a power cut on a winter evening here would mean games of cards or scrabble in front of the woodburner. Perhaps not exactly rivetting stuff, but better by far than no entertainment at all.

Since this thread started, we have had a gas hob put in. I cut its electric supply one day to check that yes, it can light with just matches. You'd think durr that's obvious, but it's amazing what crippling "safety features" get put into things these days.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
Entertainment during a power cut on a winter evening here would mean games of cards or scrabble in front of the woodburner. Perhaps not exactly rivetting stuff, but better by far than no entertainment at all.

Since this thread started, we have had a gas hob put in. I cut its electric supply one day to check that yes, it can light with just matches. You'd think durr that's obvious, but it's amazing what crippling "safety features" get put into things these days.


MOST gas hobs that have electric ignition can be lit with a match, but NOT all, I would advise experiment if in any doubt.
And do not count absolutely on the gas supply, it is more reliable than electricity but not infalliable.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've started buying up old board games.
Not "just" for po reasons, its just nice to have something grown up to do with friends after food that doesnt involve the television.
Its amazing how few are still actually made.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charity shops are a great source of board games- many of which are no longer in production.

Anyone got recommends/favourites? Mine are Trivial Pursuit,Articulate and Pictionary. You can easily pick up Triv from a charity shop for 3 quid and it's probably about £30 new!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There the only games that still exist!
Them and monopoly

I just ordered "mine a million"
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DominicJ wrote:
I've started buying up old board games.
Not "just" for po reasons, its just nice to have something grown up to do with friends after food that doesnt involve the television.
Its amazing how few are still actually made.


The trick is not to buy the old board games, they are almost without exception rubbish. Players spend most of their time waiting for their go, the winner is clear half way through the game, luck dominates player skill etc. However, there have been a spate of fantastic board games, mostly out of Europe over the last decade to so. A few to think about: Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, Tigris & Euphrates, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah they are all available, not sure if my friends are ready "The Settlers" "The Board Game" quite yet Smile

I'll see how MaM goes, then we could try risk, and I'll see how it goes....
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DominicJ wrote:
...then we could try risk...

Risk is exactly the type of rubbish, old fashioned game I was thinking of. You spend most of your time waiting for your go and you can tell who's going to win half way though. Where's the fun in that. Give modern games a go, they are far better.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really?
I'm no expert at it.
I get it with monopoly, although I once won by default when the clear winner gave up after I held on for 6 hours.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nexus wrote:
Charity shops are a great source of board games- many of which are no longer in production.

Anyone got recommends/favourites? Mine are Trivial Pursuit,Articulate and Pictionary.

Balderdash! (it's like Call My Bluff, if anyone remembers that on the telly).
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NOT A BOARD GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rolling Eyes

Loadsa fun.
But not really a board game
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've just spent a couple of hours playing [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillotine_(game)]Guillotine[/url]. A lot of fun!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a couple of free board games for you Very Happy.
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