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  • Don't say I didn't warn you...

    I'm sitting in a pub as I write. Technology allows me to do this. I am using my laptop and the pubs delightful incentive of free WiFi access. EDF Energy allows me to do it as well. Rather EDF forces my hand. The Metropolitan Police further oblige my sitting here...
    On Saturday morning I awoke to the sound of my battery powered alarm clock at a delightful 6.30am. It was still dark as those of you up at a similar time in North London will testify. Anyone? As a rule I like to see myself in the mirror when I shave so naturally I moved to switch on the light in the bathroom. No joy... "The bulb's gone" I think to myself. "That's a nuisance... Especially seeing as there are four bulbs that make up the lighting in our bathroom and I changed two of them last week..." After I make my way to the kitchen to find a lot of melted ice crawling it's way across the floor from the swiftly defrosting freezer I start to think that it might be an idea to check the fuse box.
    Doing so reveals all fuses switched to "On"... Nothing amiss here, yet no sign of life in anything that relies on electricity either. I collect a torch and move outside to the electricity meter mounted to the front of the building, glancing briefly at the sad and un-lit Christmas tree on display in the hallway. As I open the front door I'm greeted with unnatural darkness.. The streetlight in front of the house is added to the list of casualties.. As I stand in my dressing gown and slippers I look to my left and right, up and down the street like Will Smith in Independence Day as it slowly dawns on him that there is an extra-terrestrial ship hovering overhead.
    While I notice (to my relief) there is no untoward celestial body hanging in the sky, I do realise that the entire street is subject to something resembling a blackout.
    I go back to bed.
    Roll forward to the present moment - not only are we still without electricity (thanks EDF) and thus heating/hot water/food/light/google etc etc But we are also not even allowed in our houses - A frighteningly large fire has broken out next door and the Met have told us we won't be spending the night at home.
    In fairness I can think of a worse way to spend three days - tucked inside a pub, being cooked for, free internet (not free food/drink I hasten to add) but still...
    I can't even go for a night ride to warm the cockles as I managed to get a fucking flat earlier and didn't have any spare tubes lying around till I head out tomorrow.
    It's quite a shock to the system to see how easy it is to take for granted something as simply as electricity and shelter for a few unexpected days.
    So to finish on a suitably sombre note - spare a thought for those going without this Christmas - as I'm sure you all do.
    Keep warm, ride safe.

  • If you are prepared to split it, I will take the cranks.

  • and it was all a dream

  • I'll tell you in the morning.

  • While I notice (to my relief) there is no untoward celestial body hanging in the sky, I do realise that the entire street is subject to something resembling a blacks out.

    racist.

  • RPM's avatar has gone a weird colour, I am a little scared by this change, might go and have a comfort shit.

  • :d

  • I'll tell you in the morning.

    also racist.

  • tynan that is **hugely **frightening.

  • It's the blue eyes...

  • Go on, admit it, you are strangely drawn to him, you are attracted to him, you want to 'do it' to him, you do, you want to 'do it', to show him that you are a real man who knows how to 'do it' and he will enjoy it whether he likes it or not, that's what you are thinking.

  • This has been wideley know by energy companies for a few years. They have run out of enough output to go round.

    In other parts of the world this is very common as is the solution of load-shedding, where they turn off power in one area temporarily to power another.

    The power companies admitted a few years ago that they may have to start doing it here, I believe its happened in london before aswell.

    Plus side, be it because of intentional load-shedding or a genuine fault. You can claim compensation for things such as spoilt food in your freezer.

  • "Intentional load-shedding".

    You filthy, filthy fucker...

  • Rolling brownouts are a very big deal and I would imagine it would be pretty hugely publicized were it happening.

    I could be wrong though.

  • Rolling brownouts are a very big deal

    More filth...

  • This has been wideley know by energy companies for a few years. They have run out of enough output to go round.

    Um.. how do you know this? There's a fire in the area. Sounds pretty damn likely that someone has blown up their electrical hardware or perhaps the fire killed the wires or perhaps they shut it down as a precaution to short circuiting.
    Electricity companies in the US were shutting down large areas trying to extract more cash from customers but this just sounds like a minor fire-related blackout.

  • um.. How do you know this? There's a fire in the area. Sounds pretty damn likely that someone has blown up their electrical hardware or perhaps the fire killed the wires or perhaps they shut it down as a precaution to short circuiting.
    Electricity companies in the us were shutting down large areas trying to extract more cash from customers but this just sounds like a minor fire-related blackout.

    +enron

  • RPM's avatar has gone a weird colour, I am a little scared by this change, might go and have a comfort shit.

    it's regenerating.

    Don't worry, everything will be OK

  • nah, the fire came afterwards (apparently some knob left candles unattended and went to the pub............ not me.)
    but regardless - we have electricity now and the excuse the engineers who were up till the wee hours trying to fix it gave us:

    "when the lines were installed the energy companies didn't anticipate such high usage. they just overheated..."

    hmmm...

  • What's wrong with that? You could say the same of London's road + car traffic.

  • well I've got a few gripes with it. first of all - why hasn't something been done sooner? It's happened at least 4 times since I've lived in this house (7 odd months). Second - just what were they anticipating? Apparently according to the engineers the lines were only instaled about 7 years ago and talking to some of the locals bugger all has changed in terms of new housing etc since then. It's not a particularly wealthy area (don't let the pub wifi confuse you) so I can't imagine there's any obvious reason for increase in usage. Apart from the half a dozen 50'' plasma screen tvs, ps3, xbox, washer, dryer, dish washer etc that each house in the street seems to have.

  • North London

    there you go

  • Copper is expensive. Running in some wires a few mm less in diameter pro saved the developers a bit of money of the entire building. Enough for a nice lunch.

  • increased usage =

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