not with a bang ...

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by pdh, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Well its all very quiet here ... The power went off about an hour ago probably as a result of some weather (its been a bit gusty and rainy today) so no light no tv no broadband ... But I do have a few hundred meg of data available on my phone contract and three charged batteries :biggrin: ... I suppose in them olden days we could have gathered round the pianoforte for entertainment. ...
     
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  2. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Helloooo there in the dark! Hope it all comes back on soon!
     
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  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    ah the joys of modern life... although if you have a battery-powered reading light, reading a good book never hurt anyone either!
     
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  4. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Spare a thought for the lineman who'll be up a pole somewhere.

    Barrie
     
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  5. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Hehehe
    I like it.
    The quiet of no electrical apparatus !

    Even when on standby it adds background even if you can't hear it overtly.

    Of course its fun only as long as my fridge stays cold or I don't want more than a pan of hot water ...
     
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  6. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    The quiet is surprising actually. It's always quieter at night but when the power goes out there is a real quiet.
     
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  7. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Or of course as Barrie says not fun if you're up a pole somewhere.

    Seems pretty widespread can't see many lights across the vale. Though how come the streetlamp outside is still on?
     
  8. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Gas lamps or solar power.
     
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  9. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    This happens quite a lot in Spain where we have a little house. I don't mind it myself as I won't have to listen to the footy games that are on the tv that has been brought outside for the evening! What I really, really hate is when they turn off the water........
     
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  10. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Stephen
    In '03 were were part of the big blackout that hit much of the northeast of the continent. My family was away on vacation. It was fun in a lot of ways; lots of neighbourhood BBQs, people actually having conversations etc. On the downside there was a tiny foretaste of just how vulnerable we are. Our food supply chain, and almost every part of modern life, can only exist as we know it for a short time.

    But yes, a nice little power cut now and again is good for us.
     
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  11. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    You are so right ... What we laughingly call civilization hangs by a thread and a few electrons.

    And on that cheerful note I think I'll go to bed and listen to the radio. The battery is fully charged thank heavens
     
  12. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Ah, the old days huddled around a cell phone with data space and a few spare batteries. Wasn't that part of a Lassie plot once?:biggrin: I was out for six days earlier this summer so you have my sympathy.
     
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  13. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    This is starting to sound like the beginning of a great post-apocalyptic story. Man, I love those fictional stories... with or without zombies (anyone read "The Passage"?).

    It is scary to think how they could happen in reality... I can't remember the name of the book now, but there was a fairly recent book about the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. It was interesting how quickly basic things like mail delivery stopped in some areas. At least back then, I think most people were more independent for their food... gardens, canning, etc.

    Wow, on that note, everyone have a wonderful day/night! [heading out to the store to pickup a 50 lb bag of rice and a hand-crank generator] :biggrin:


    P.S. hope the lights are back on for ya soon!
     
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  14. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Zombies!!!!
     
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  15. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    It's a daily occurrence in Puerto Rico. Usually for a few minutes or an hour at most, unless it is caused by a serious meteorological event, in which case it can last for days.
     
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  16. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    thanks Antonio ... there are great stretches of the world where electricity can't be taken for granted (or even taken) and it's a measure of the rarity of such an event in England that I even bothered to post (that and being bored) ... as for zombies, there are quite enough who come out in the daylight hereabouts to need to worry about them appearing after dark ...
     
  17. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Well I'm now 4 hours into another power cut.
    Since electricity distribution was privatised it seems impossible to find out anything useful .
    I've just checked both websites for the most likely candidates for round here and I can find their share prices, their corporate structures, their community policies and endless similar 'information' .
    What is sadly lacking is any data about service disruption or even how to contact them in an emergency.
    Ah! The joy of unfettering The Market ...
     
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  18. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I hesitate to say "this wouldn't happen in Surrey" just in case it does, he he!
     
  19. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    My dear Christina when I lived in godalming it happened all the time!
     
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  20. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    oh well.....at least you have the full use of both of your hands.