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||Dear Nicey and Wifey|
I've enjoyed reading all the emails that people have written about their kettles. However, with my environmentalists' banner flying, could I remind everyone that when you fill your kettle, you can save electricity and thus CO2 emissions by only filling it with as much water as you are actually going to use. It's amazing how many people fill up the whole thing for just one or two cups. It may sound like a small thing, but think how much water is needlessly boiled in the UK alone every day. It's rather the same principle as actually turning off your telly instead of leaving it on standby, as the government has lately been urging us to do. After all we have a long way to go to meet the reductions that Tony agreed to in the Kyoto Agreement.
A former co-ordinator of Chichester Friends of the Earth
|Nicey replies: Well said.|
I had a jug kettle for donkeys' years that worked just fine, and was loyal and true. Then suddenly one day the little red ball got stuck and refused to tell me how much water was in the kettle. Nothing would budge it (believe me, I tried many things). Reluctantly, I had to buy a new one, a cordless jug kettle, but it's not the same. Maybe in about ten years' time I will love it as much as the other one.
|Steve and Hilary
||Well, we were using our trusty kettle for nearly 25 years before it expired. We married in 1977 and were given a Russell Hobbs kettle as a pressie. Our kettle moved with us from Surbiton to Cardiff to our present home, near Chepstow. Occasionally, when I had nothing better to do, I would have a look at the element to see how it was fairing. Much to my surprise, there was no limescale build up. Any way, the years went by and, apart from occasionally boiling it dry, the kettle performed well. We really didn't give the kettle much thought (well you wouldn't would you?) until we started planning the celebrations for our silver wedding. It then occurred to us that within a few months our kettle was going to celebrate its own 25th anniversary! Anxious that it should join us in our celebrations, I then became over fussy about its welfare, checking the element on a regular basis and looking for leaks. Was that a build up of limecale to the weld by the spout? Was this the first sign of a leak? Sadly, it was, and the leak got bigger and bigger, until we could no longer use the kettle. It expired just a few weeks before our anniversary. RIP trusty old kettle. Truly amazing that the element should last so long.|
We now have a Kenwood. It is flimsy compared to the previous kettle and I don't see it lasting to our golden wedding.
Steve & Hilary
|Nicey replies: What a lovely tale of a distinguished old Russell Hobbs. I'm sure its that good Welsh water that contributed to your kettles splendid service record. I don't need to tell you that Wales specialises in water, acting as a large welsh shaped rain gathering device. Of course much of the rain was originally intended for keeping Ireland in its permanently wet state but at the last minute scooted round the bottom of Cork and headed up the Bristol channel towards the lucky Welsh.|
Reading your intro to the recent Kettle feature, you wondered whether anyone was still using the same kettle after twenty years of good service. Well not quite, but I have been using my Rowenta Express for 19 years and 5 months and it shows no signs of giving up. I got it as an eighteenth birthday present from my Auntie Margaret and Uncle Rex just before I left for university. I will be 38 next April, making it 20 years for the kettle. It is still working perfectly, never blown a fuse, the red indicator ball is still doing its stuff correctly, and the inside is clean and not scaled at all. I still think the design looks ok, infact it looks nicer than some of the modern space-age curvy appliances on sale now.
I bet my Auntie and Uncle have no idea that their present is still being used every day. I must get round to thanking them sometime!
Jonathan Smith, Birmingham, UK
|Nicey replies: Yay! A Rowenta Express, we used to have one of those for years as well. Mind you our hard water finally killed it. You could tell when it needed descaling because its red float went white and refused to float.|
||The cleaners have stolen our kettle! |
It was one of those cordless types that sits on a base, and strangley the base is still here but the actual heating up jug bit went walkies overnight. It wasn't actually a very good kettle, but we now have to beg the cafe downstairs for hot water...
My tin of Heinz Cream of Chicken soup going missing was a big enough disaster but this is just cataclysmic. And as our budget is so tight at the moment that we can't even order stationery, who knows when we'll get another one. I may be reduced to boiling water in the microwave after the cafe shuts in the evening.
Oh the shame....
|Nicey replies: Sue, that's all getting bit out of hand. I'm afraid you may have to undertake some form of covert surveillance operation, and if needs be prepare yourself for combat maneuvers.