Confusing Things About British Homes

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New Anglophenia host Kate Arnell takes the reins from Siobhan Thompson in episode 28. Here the show topic is the British home, and the ways in which it typically differs from ours in the United States. Check it out and let us know what you think, if you're so inclined. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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British electrical wiring gives me nightmares. Those gigantic plugs that are incompatible with the rest of the world, all have fuses in them. Why? Because the whole house is basically on one single "ring" circuit with no individual breakers... This supposedly dates back to the war, when copper was in extremely short supply, but that's no excuse not to update to decent modern designs, now. And the electric shaver plug in the bathroom is similar to a Euro-plug, but only guaranteed to supply an amp. You might start a fire if you try to run a hair dryer off of it.

And yes, those tiny washer/drier combos are at least TWICE as expensive as buying a separate and full-sized washer & dryer, don't clean or dry as well, etc. The only reason for it seems to be not needing to run a dryer vent outside (which isn't very difficult at all). When lacking floor-space, washer & driers can simply be stacked on top of each other, fitting in the smallest closets without trouble.
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I have a migraine from just listening to her explanations. Must it be that hard to live in the UK? I was there for a month in 2001 and never experienced such difficulties.
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So, about the light switches. Flick up for off, down for on.

The washer/drier combo is a joke. Two hours to wash, two an a half to dry. Loads are about half of a small American unit. All in all, if you have two kids in school, the washer is running 24/7.

Don't get me started about the beer!
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