Bribery without corruption...and a new kettle.

30th April 2021

Andrew Bluett-Duncan

This week, it's a very brief email to ask you, if you use our website what do you think of it, and if you don't, but maybe would one day, would you mind taking a long hard critical look at it and filling in our survey below?

And to be clear, whilst it's very nice to hear good things about it, what we really want to know is "what's wrong with it", or if not wrong, "what is it lacking!" I am, you may not be surprised to hear, happy and able to bribe you into taking part. So, if you do, we will send you a 10% off voucher with your next purchase, (this will be for everything except electricals which will attract just 5% off). If you are coming into the shops, then you can still use it, just tell us the secret voucher code, or if that's a bridge too far, we can just look you up on the system.

Next week, I'll be going over a number of new lines that have arrived recently, but I just couldn't resist telling you about the Smeg Temperature Controlled Kettle which has just arrived in some colours. As the name implies it allows you choose temperatures (between 50C 100C) so that whether you’re making green tea at 70C, coffee at around low to mid 90's or tea, at boiling point, it will serve you water at the best temperature for your particular brew.

Temperature controllable kettles are not a new thing, we've had the rather hideous KitchenAid Artisan Kettle at home since they introduced it 7 or 8 years ago, and the reason I've kept it that long (not because of its looks obviously, for me it comes into the same category as Le Creuset Water bottles and BMW X5's) is because of its controllability. And that's because I do prefer the taste of Lady Grey when made with water at about 90ish degrees, perhaps a little over.

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KitchenAid Artisan Kettle 1.5L Onyx Black (2368254836794)
KitchenAid Artisan Kettle 1.5L Onyx Black (2368254836794)
KitchenAid Artisan Kettle 1.5L Onyx Black (2368254836794)
KitchenAid Artisan Kettle 1.5L Onyx Black (2368254836794)
KitchenAid Artisan Kettle 1.5L Onyx Black (2368254836794)

KitchenAid Artisan Kettle 1.5L Onyx Black

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Now if you are not an X5 owner, and therefore still reading this, and if this thought has tickled your fancy we also do the very reasonably priced and business-like Cuisinart Multi Temp, which is a very smart temperature controllable kettle in stainless steel at only £85. For sheer sex appeal however, the Smeg has got it every time, and to cap it all, it has a stay warm function that keeps the water close to the temperature that you've chosen, for about 20 minutes after it's first boiled. Clever or what, and in some households a very useful feature. Yours for a mildly overwhelming £159.

Oh and I nearly forgot, it has a water filter (which apparently improves the taste?) and a Soft-Close lid which they seem to think is a safety feature....hmmm well it maybe, but irrespective, I just like it. We are price matching at present so the price you will pay is £159 and then there's 5% take off this if you wish to purchase one after completing the survey.

Take the Art of Living Survey here.

I trust you have a good and peaceful weekend.

Kind regards


Andrew Bluett-DuncanDirector

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