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A Throwaway Attitude of Mind

A long time ago, in the 1970s, my grandmother and I were chatting about kitchens.  My husband and I had just purchased our first home, a tiny terraced house that was cheap because no work had been done on it since it was built about eighty years before.  It had packed earth floors downstairs, no electricity, and the only water supply was a cold tap outside the back door.  Because of this, we had qualified for a government improvement grant, which covered half the cost of bringing the property up to modern standards.  This meant that our savings stretched further than we had anticipated, so we were trying to choose a kitchen that was within our budget:  hence the discussion with my grandmother.
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