The washing machine in the kitchen is a convention so entrenched that it is barely questioned. Granted, British houses don't all have the luxury of a utility room, but what's often required is a more realistic allocation of space
New world order An Australian architect considers British homes. (via I like)
It is indeed curious to Australians that the English do their laundry in the kitchen.
Makes more sense to me to have a washing machine in the Lounge-room as an alternative to TV. I'd rather watch socks spin than soap or grinning detectives. Of course I only know of this phenomenon from watching British television where laundry makes a cameo.
You can watch videos of washing here...
And it's classic retro viewing to boot courtesy of the fab Automatic washer
Hancock's Half Hour.
Posted by Tony.T at August 19, 2005 01:43 PM
but which episode?
Posted by boynton at August 19, 2005 02:24 PM
The one in the laundromat.
"It's rather interesting watching your clothes go around." Turns to the old man sitting beside him. "I don't much fancy your show."
Posted by Tony.T at August 19, 2005 03:12 PM
That Title sounds like Friends...
Thanks to my old Eastenders viewing I remembered it was "Laundrette" (site of much eastender soapy drama) So finally tracked down the Ep.
Posted by boynton at August 19, 2005 03:20 PM
Better still (not hard when comparing it to the laughless drudge that is Eastenders - no matter what era) The very first Minder was called Gunfight At the OK Launderette.
Posted by Tony.T at August 19, 2005 06:58 PM
Yes I only watched EastEnders for a few years in the late 80's/early 90's when Albert Square (exteriors) seemed very much like the inner suburb where I was living, and both Cockney and Laundrette-as-dramatic- set (sette) seemed exotic. I used to mimic the dialogue (You what?) but didn't ever make it to the local Laundrette.
Posted by boynton at August 20, 2005 02:06 PM