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    How to be middle class in winter: ‘just put on a jumper’  

    It’s one of the perverse logics of British social class that the higher we aspire socially, the colder our homes tend to be. A middle-class home is often a chilly one in the bleak midwinter – and it’s not just bills or environmental dedication that play a part. Here are some of the more aspirational reasons behind the shivers being experienced across many MC homes this winter.

    MCs love period properties. The higher the ceiling, the better, which makes a home notoriously hard to heat. Best of all, you’re the proud owner of a listed building, which means double glazing is banned – an aesthetic atrocity anyway, if you’re MC. It’s far better to endure the frosty blasts that leak in through your authentic sash windows than submit to the indignity of PVC.

    MCs also like hardwood floors in the living room and granite slate in the bathroom, making for a chilly trip to the loo in the middle of the night. The cosiness of a fluffy wall-to-wall carpet is only for tropically over-heated bungalows and other such property nightmares.

    Above all, MCs love to be stoical and self-reliant. Rather than rely on the ease and cushiness of central heating, it’s much better to ‘just put on a jumper’. On a really cold day, it’s best to huddle around an open fire, which provides a gratifying extra level of hard work and hassle. If you’re MC, nothing should come too easy.

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    Let's not forget underfloor heating which would essentially create an inverted bell curve.

    February 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchie

    Fun caricature (verging on being smart-arsed) but, in the final analysis, dangerous. Contrasting an, in the end, wasteful and costly (albeit while emphasising all that is cheap and nasty), consumerist approach to 'comfort' with respect for heritage leads people into a failed 'green deal' style cul-de-sac. It obscures the potential for enhancing heritage homes in a cost effective but ecologically sound which achieves real comfort rather than a lot of hot air.

    February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Lefevre

    You must be great at parties Patrick

    February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchie

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