THERE’S

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a move – too late, I sus­pect – to start re­pair­ing things which break down, rather than chuck­ing them away. I wish it could be so. I grew up in a house with a very ef­fi­cient and re­li­able Elec­trolux fridge bought in 1940s Malta, a per­pet­ual Hoover and a hand lawn­mower that prob­a­bly dated back to the ab­di­ca­tion of Ed­ward VIII. I was even taught how to darn my own socks. Now it’s all you can do to get your knives sharp­ened, and if any­thing breaks down, it’s off to the dump. I can’t see how this is bet­ter.

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