I suppose after I came back from Australia after my nursing
training, because in Australia they had all these mod cons long before we did.
They had an electric jug. I used an electric jug when I was in Australia in
1950 but I don't think many people in this country had an electric jug. They
were ceramic, they weren't plastic, they were ceramic jugs with the element in
the bottom. They always used electric jugs out there. It was a revelation when
I saw those - I couldn't believe them.
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they had spin dryers in Australia. They worked on a water spray. I still use a
spin drier at home. I've got a Bosch washing machine and I take my washing out
of that and put it in a spin drier, it's amazing how much water comes out of
it, pints of it. The spin drier I think, if you had to ask- what I wouldn't
like to live without, one would be a spin drier the other would be constant hot
water. I think constant hot water is such an asset. Showers, washing, you can
do it there and then. You don't have to fill kettles and saucepans on the old
range to warm the water before you wash your hair. Surely we must have smelt
awful in those days.