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Power Cut [Mar. 6th, 2016|05:27 pm]
Tony Grist
Obviously I don't enjoy powercuts, but yesterday when the lights came back on just after I'd lit and distributed my candles I felt a twinge of regret.

It felt good to have managed the crisis so capably.

And candlelight is beautiful. 
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[User Picture]From: angiereedgarner
2016-03-06 05:59 pm (UTC)
I managed a group show gallery opening reception during a powercut with candles, flashlights, etc. People ran home and got more. Eventually we had the place candlelit enough for people to move safely through it and we could hand each guest a flashlight to view the art. It was a little sad when the power came back on, halfway through!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-06 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'd have felt the same.

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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2016-03-06 07:38 pm (UTC)
That sounds quite magical, even if fleetingly. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: topum
2016-03-06 06:10 pm (UTC)
We spent a night in a village in the north of Moldova and there was a power cut in the evening (and no wifi!). We really enjoyed that evening talking in front of the fireplace. We got to know each other more in that evening than we did in the past two weeks it seemed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-06 06:32 pm (UTC)
Candlelight, firelight- they're both magical...
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-03-06 06:16 pm (UTC)
And very intimate in a way.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-06 06:33 pm (UTC)
Because having a small light in one part of a room intensifies the surrounding darkness.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2016-03-06 07:02 pm (UTC)
One New Year's Eve there was a power cut in large parts of Cumbria, so we re-worked our dinner menu, light candles and spent the evening singing and playing board games in front of the fire place.

In my holiday home, though, there's a well with an electric pump and no hand pump, so I keep a store of bottled water in case of power cuts - and then I can flush the loo with a bucket of water from the water butts! (Actually, this will be tested out a week from now when my Mum and her boyfriend come over to help me demolish a wall... I rather want the power turned off for that exercise!)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-06 08:22 pm (UTC)
A convivial evening by firelight and candlelight sounds good.
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[User Picture]From: basefinder
2016-03-07 02:28 am (UTC)
I'm spoiled by the extreme reliability of modern electrical power!

On those rare occasions when it goes out, rather than complain about it, I do kind of enjoy spending an hour or an evening by flashlight.

As long as it's not in the morning when I'm trying to get ready for work, then it makes me grumpy.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-07 07:05 pm (UTC)
I suppose we have two or three power cuts each winter.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2016-03-07 08:46 am (UTC)
Beautiful, but not the best to read by if you are going slowly blind like I am.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-07 07:06 pm (UTC)
Well, no...
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