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7 December, 2010

Live for the second

In very cold weather, it's difficult to heat my house beyond 12°C, so a hot shower is the most pleasant place to be, other than bed.

Yet under such circumstances the air temperature in my bathroom, next to the ill-fitting back door, is likely to be markedly below 10°C, which is only bearable whilst the jet of water is in direct contact with my body: cold air against wet skin is... breathtaking.

Which means I'm so busy keeping warm that it takes longer to wash, which means I lose more heat and leave the shower clean but shivering. Which means the whole experience is a sequence of variegated bliss and horror; I can't decide whether the net effect really is enjoyable.

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