1 EAGLETON NOTES: A Whim or Getting Excited Over a Kettle

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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

A Whim or Getting Excited Over a Kettle

My kettle/jug was showing signs of structural weakness.  The plastic was beginning to split, was discolouring and had little patches where it looked as though the plastic had got too hot.  That wasn’t very good in an appliance that was not more than a few years old even though it had been an inexpensive purchase at the time.

So I popped into the local electrical shops to see what was on offer.  Have you any idea how many types of kettle there are now?  Trillions.  As I was surveying the array in our local Hydro Electric store I asked which was the quietest.  A chap busy unpacking the latest consignment replied that most of the modern kettles were quiet.  At that moment I realised hat you never ask a man questions like that.  So I asked Maggie.  She knows about these things.  She explained that they were all 3kw rapid-boil kettles and were noisy – except for one which was ‘quiet boil’ technology. So it came down to looks.  Needless to say the most aesthetically pleasing in my book was also the most expensive.  So after I had decided on a mid-priced one.  Maggie stood there waiting for me to change my mind.  How well she knows me.  But it is a beautiful kettle!

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6 comments:

  1. It's a glow-in-the-dark kettle! I want one! My kettle's plastic is looking brownish and smells of mice wee when it heats up. time for a new one this end too.

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  2. It sure looks good but does this mean you have joined the KKK?

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  3. Ah. Looks like this one was designed for people who are particular about the right size of bubbles for making tea. I recall reading many times that you should take the kettle off the heat when the bubbles are the size of fish-eyes... They never say what kind of fish, though!

    Mine is all black but with little windows on the side, so I can see the water level.

    I like the blue picture. Kind of spooky...

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  4. We've got a Kenwood that looks the same except the top is silver. It's very eco-friendly because you can see exactly how many cups of water you are boiling.

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  5. CJ: Probably the same then because the top of this one is silver - well chrome or polished steel - too.

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  6. I had to smile at this posting. I went through just the same exercise before coming to France. I wanted a funky brightly coloured one but all the really funky ones were very expensive. I settled for a lovely bright red kind of retro one with the half hooped handle at the top. It was an expensive one on offer in Sainsbury's!

    I couldn't believe I was getting so excited about the luxury of choosing a kettle! Sad person - must have been the anaesthetic.

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