October 23, 2013
Filed Under (Good Old days, The truth) by Keith on 23-10-2013

paraffin-heaterThe weather has been atrocious these last few days. Rain, rain and more rain. I must admit that between the storms it did clear up and rain for a while.

“I don’t know what you are complaining about.” said a friend “It just liquid sunshine!”

Today dawned bright and sunny and as the day progressed so did the temperature. Apparently it was warmer here in Britland this afternoon than in Mexico City, according to the met-man on TV.

I decided to take advantage of the lull in the monsoon season to get about and about and do some errands. First stop, the filling station to get some petrol.

While I was filling the tank I noticed that they had pre-packed paraffin on the forecourt. I thought it would be wise to get a stock in for my greenhouse heater just in case the weather turned really cold in the winter (which is a dead cert it would!). I paid for the petrol and the paraffin and when I returned home I looked at the receipt and was shocked by the price so I did some quick mental arithmetic checked up on my calculator what the real price was in UK gallons. I can’t be doing with these new-fangled “litre” thingies!

It turns out that petrol (gas, in the Colonies) is now £6.14 per UKgal ($9.92 USD), and paraffin (kerosene) is £8.99 per UKgal ($14.53 USD).

When I was a lad in nineteen hundred and frozen stiff I can remember that paraffin cost 3/6d per gal, and petrol was 5/6d in proper English money; and, no, I’m not even going to attempt to convert that into USDs. How times have changed.

Good morning, Betsy.

Keith on October 23rd, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

Sablonneuse – I have changed ‘puters several times since we last spoke and unfortunately I don’t have your email address anymore. It’s been lost in the mist of time! Please email me at the address in the right-hand column.

Betsy on October 24th, 2013 at 2:19 am #

Well, when you read this, it will be morning again, so I will return the Good Morning! :)

Gas right now is $3.69 per gallon. You need to move here to the colonies. haha.

I’m glad you said what paraffin was. We call candle wax paraffin! haha. I wondered why you were going to light a bunch of candles in your greenhouse when a heater would be much easier. :)

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That’s only £2.30 per gal! Aren’t you the lucky one! – Keith.

Toffeeapple on October 24th, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

Those people in the Colonies put paraffin on top of their jam when bottling it up. They call that ‘canning’. They put paraffin in their chocolate too. Strange, eh?

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I don’t believe it. Let’s face it, they are all a bit strange in the Colonies, otherwise they wouldn’t have broken away from the Mother Country and suffered the hardships of trying to govern themselves. – Keith.

Betsy on October 25th, 2013 at 12:49 am #

Nobody uses paraffin to can any long…that was 100 years ago. :)

guyana_gyal on October 26th, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

Parraffin? What’s that? What do people use it for? See? I can’t even spell it!

Signed, one person from the Colonies

We used to say ‘petrol’ but you’re right, now we say ‘gas’.

‘Gas’ can also be that thing in your belly that makes a man [and an aunt of mine] rub tummy and belch out LOUD.

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Over here we refer to the ‘tummy gas’ as ‘farts’. It’s an old Anglo-Saxon name for creating a stink-up about something.. – Keith.

Betsy on November 1st, 2013 at 12:12 am #

I’m loving the red poppies in your header! :)

Betsy on November 1st, 2013 at 12:15 am #

miss you….hope you’re doing well…

Keith on November 1st, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

Betsy – Do you know WHY there are poppies in my header? (Write your answer on the back of a 10 dollar bill please and send to the Haig Fund))

Betsy on November 1st, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

Yes…for Remembrance Day! :)

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