I don't know why anyone should be interested in this. Let's call it an exercise in taking soundings of the seemingly bottomless ocean of trivia that can be dished up on blogs without causing readers to actually complain / unsubscribe / write op-eds in the newspaper about Teh Stupidity of blogging.
A while back we finally killed our kettle stone dead by leaving it on the stove all night. The whistly thing in the lid was already dislodged, so when the kettle boiled nobody noticed, and it boiled dry, then just sat there on the element getting hotter and hotter. The next day the metal coating the copper base had all flaked off and the handle had sort of petrified, like lignite.
So we had to buy a new kettle and like Val (who had a very similar experience a few weeks ago) I was reluctant to get an electric one - more junk to fill up the precious bench space - but the big shed electrical goods shop was selling jug-and-toaster sets for $80. So we bought one, which meant the old toaster had to go too.
The old toaster was the upright kind with a single element in the middle and two drop-down flaps to hold the bread, one on each side. So you had to turn the bread over to toast both sides, and you also had to remember the toast was in there because it didn't stop cooking of its own accord. Much bread was needlessly burnt black in the old toaster.
Yeah they were filthy old pieces of shite but they continued to do the job for a bloody long time. The kettle would have been about forty years old and the toaster was probably in its seventies (Bakelite knobs, deco styling.) I felt kind of bad throwing them away. The new ones won't last that long.