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Light side of a power black-out.

Byline: MARIE KIERANS

THERE was a collective sigh of relief around the country when it emerged the threatened ESB strike had been averted.

Whatever side of the debate you happen to be on, there is no doubt that having no electricity would have been the final nail in the coffin for many businesses just barely able to stay afloat.

It would have been a horrible lead into the festive season.

However, the possibility of a strike got me thinking about how modern-day families would manage if it ever did happen.

Never mind about the heat or not being able to cook, imagine a scenario of no computers, no laptops, no tablets, no iPads, no tellies, no iPods.

There'd be no instant communication for the kids via Facebook, no pictures to download or emails to send.

Families would have no option but to pass the time playing cards or other games by candlelight or, heavens forbid, speak to one another!

Our dependency on and obsession with technology has robbed families of quality time together.

So it'd be an interesting experiment if we had to do without the gadgets.

We might not be talking by the end of it - but we might just realise that there was a life before the world wide web.

We would have no option but to pass the time playing cards or speaking to each other

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2013
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