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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:35 pm 
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Volunteers have reported that ‘a large number’ of elderly customers are snapping up hardbacks as cheap fuel for their fires and stoves.

Temperatures this week are forecast to plummet as low as -13ºC in the Scottish Highlands, with the mercury falling to -6ºC in London, -5ºC in Birmingham and -7ºC in Manchester as one of the coldest winters in years continues to bite.


Workers at one charity shop in Swansea, in south Wales, described how the most vulnerable shoppers were seeking out thick books such as encyclopaedias for a few pence because they were cheaper than coal.
One assistant said: ‘Book burning seems terribly wrong but we have to get rid of unsold stock for pennies and some of the pensioners say the books make ideal slow-burning fuel for fires and stoves.


A lot of them buy up large hardback volumes so they can stick them in the fire to last all night.’

A 500g book can sell for as little as 5p, while a 20kg bag of coal costs £5.

Since January 2008, gas bills have risen 40 per cent and electricity prices 20 per cent, although people over 60 are entitled to a winter fuel allowance of between £125 and £400.

Jonathan Stearn, energy expert for Consumer Focus, said: ‘If pensioners are taking such desperate measures to heat their homes it is shocking. With low wholesale prices and increasing profit margins, there is clearly room for energy companies to make price cuts immediately.’

Ruth Davison, of the National Housing Federation, said: ‘The spiralling cost of energy means heating homes has become a luxury rather than a necessity for many people – particularly the elderly, low paid and unemployed.’


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:56 pm 
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It all seems a bit far fetched, but I searched the net and found this startling evidence.
It appears this practice goes back as far as 1966!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghANkWNG-r4


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Pensioners burn books for warmth
PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:40 pm 
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That's really interesting. Oh by the way, i burned a book once.. It was called 'Fly fishing' by J R HARTLEY. Then i heard the author was looking for one in the shops! Damn


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:45 pm 
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When I was in my teens, it was the girls that went fly fishing.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:11 pm 
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I've just had a thought (no comments please).

Years ago in the 'bargain squares' in the newspaper, they use to sell some sort of a press for making bricketts out of moistened newspapers.
Has anyone seen these around? With all the free newspapers and leaflets around today, such a thing could save a fortune.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:50 pm 
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For Sale

War & Peace and Roots. Both are in immaculate condition, leather bound with gold block lettering and printed on 150 g/m paper.

Should burn for hours!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:00 am 
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Was Roots that story with that Kuntakinti chap? I think it was on the telly for over 12 hours!!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:56 am 
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That's the one, David. the telly should burn even longer!

By the way, this is not a serious offer.

Ken


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:30 pm 
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:D Hi,

If anyone is interested, the Briquette Machine that I mentioned earlier in this topic, is available in the current 'Betterware' catalogue at £19.99 (Code No. 39261). http://www.betterware.co.uk

Ken


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:43 pm 
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Let's make it easier!

http://www.betterware.co.uk/productdeta ... uage=en-GB


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