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Thread: A companion of mine for 17 years was found to have died this morning

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    Unhappy A companion of mine for 17 years was found to have died this morning

    This morning when I was making breakfast, I discovered that my old Carlton duo Toaster was no longer working



    Attempts to revive it were mad (i.e checking the plug, the fuse and the wall socket) but all things pointed to the fact my toaster, which I purchased in 1990 had died.

    I know I should have realised it was on it's way out a few months ago when I noticed that it was not toasting the bread so much on its current setting. I had increase the setting, and that appeared to work.

    Even though it had a broken plunge switch, (some years ago a bit of plastic broke off of the plastic switch you use to initiate toasting) it still gave faithful service right up to the end.

    The family have asked for funeral to be a private service, and in stead of flowers please send donations to St Mungos a charity for the homeless


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    Alas; it became what it did---how very zen.
    My condolences...

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    It is most likely repairable- however the cost of parts would probably only be a bit less than a new toaster.

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    For a moment there I was a bit worried.
    Either way my condolences to you and your family.......
    Interestingly you were attached to an innate object, someone should write a book on that.(I know there are countless books on this my favourate being "I know you've got a soul"-Jeremy Clarkson, the name might be incorrect.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    It is most likely repairable- however the cost of parts would probably only be a bit less than a new toaster.
    The local Sainsburys mini mart are flogging toasters for 3.75 if I saw correctly

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    Let's have a toast to that .



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    ashes to ashes; breadcrumbs to breadcrumbs

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    It even LOOKS dead.

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    Obligatory Monty Python Reference

    Maybe it's just pining for the fjords ...

    I know how you feel. I still "grieve" for a small digital travel alarm clock made by Commodore (remember them?) in 1983 that was my alarm clock for about that length of time.

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    Its not dead, its just pining. Beautiful toaster, the Norwegian Blue.
    At night the stars put on a show for free (Carole King)

    All moderation in purple - The rules

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks View Post

    I know what's wrong with it; it doesn't seem to have an 'on' switch.

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    The plunger switch and the level of toasting setting switch are up against the wall. That was how it fitted there with the way the electric lead was set up.

    BTW the new toaster was 3.70, not 3.75 (I save 5p whoop-i-doo)

    Throwing the old one out is going to be a wrench.

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    "Kip! Tell them what they've won!"
    "It's a toaster! A two-slice toaster, it makes two slices of toast. It's a toaster!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks View Post
    Throwing the old one out is going to be a wrench.
    We turned ours into a Mythbusters style experiment. I let the kids take turns dropping cinderblocks on it from various heights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks View Post
    BTW the new toaster was 3.70, not 3.75 (I save 5p whoop-i-doo)
    What? You didn't search for a new bank account so you can get a free one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    What? You didn't search for a new bank account so you can get a free one?
    There was no way I could pass myself off as a student

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    This is the replacement I got from a Sansbury Mini Mart, that recently opened near where I work.




    As mentioned before it cost 3.70

    I vaguely remember the old one costing me around 11

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    Looks like you cleaned up it's place of residence a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks View Post
    This is the replacement I got from a Sansbury Mini Mart, that recently opened near where I work.
    Want to take bets on whether this one lasts seventeen years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    Want to take bets on whether this one lasts seventeen years?
    It will probably last forever. But burn every third piece of toast.

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    If the thing gets to the tip it is not dead.
    Just morphing in half a dozen small digital
    cameras. (by way of China).

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    Zen and the art of toaster reincarnation?

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    One More Monty Python Reference for the Road ...

    Celestial Mechanic: {dressed in a hooded robe} "Dona eis requiem!"

    Crunch! {Smashes a burnt piece of toast on his head.}

    CM: "Dona eis requiem!"

    Crunch! {Smashes another burnt piece of toast on his head.}

    {Rinse, lather, and repeat -- to get the crumbs out.}

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    that toaster gave you the best years of its life, sticks.
    your not really goin' to take it to the tip?

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    Sticks,
    It's clear you have NO idea of how to talk to toasters.
    You should have asked it for a waffle!

    See: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=RZslRQvv5zM

    John

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    I take old, dead appliances to the desert and use them for target practice.

    You'll need to get yourself a desert and a .22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RalofTyr View Post
    I take old, dead appliances to the desert and use them for target practice.

    You'll need to get yourself a desert and a .22.
    A bit difficult where I live

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    I smell a Shock to the System! Seventeen years of faithful service and replaced by a sleeker model the same morning! Even I left my last toaster's space vacant a full two days before finding a new one.

    BTW, loved your Luggage tribute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial Mechanic View Post
    Celestial Mechanic: {dressed in a hooded robe} "Dona eis requiem!"
    . . .
    Don't you mean:

    CM: "Pie Iesu Domine!"

    CM: "Dona eis requiem!"

    Crunch!
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