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Nov,

11

HomeEcConnect

Written by Jay Deagon @ HomeEcConnect

We could all use a little good news.  Many of us are aware of the sustainability challenges we face – but many of us may still wonder “what can I do about it?”.  HomeEcConnect is an online space to share hope, courage, practical initiatives and good news. We can do this by communicating and passing on the innovative, creative and inspiring ways that we are addressing our challenges as individuals and as a global home economics community.  Continue reading

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Nov,

11

The end of the ultimate road trip.

I’ve spent a thoroughly enjoyable summer travelling all over England in the AGA Total Control van. I’ve loved waking up early in whichever room I am staying at the time, watching the sun rise across the fields which I drove past the day before, the thousands of miles stretching into the distance. I think about the patchwork of counties, towns and villages through which I travelled and replay the stories shared by customers during the previous week, the enthused accounts of how much they love their AGA. These good people may have entirely different backgrounds yet the one thing they share is how their cooker fits perfectly into their family life. I love seeing the excitement which washes over others when they tell me that they are having an AGA installed in their home. I particularly love helping with the buying process – they always swither over choosing the colour, but then there are eleven gorgeous shades to choose from. Continue reading

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Nov,

11

A Tale of 2 Cities

Last week I took the AGA Total Control van to Country Warmth, an AGA distributor in picturesque North Yorkshire. I always love to visit that part of the country as the scenery is as breathtaking as any in the world. One of the few things I remember about studying, and I use that term loosely, English Literature in school was reading Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, with its vivid descriptions of moors, craggy hills and lush, green fields. It is one of the few places that I would take a detour just to refresh my memory of the views. Further, the people there are so genial and down to earth, as epitomised by those working at the family run Country Warmth and those who attended the demonstration. Continue reading

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Aug,

11

Standing Room Only

Last weekend the AGA Total Control Van, which has now become my second home, rolled up at the Essex Spectacular, a two day event for all the family at Barleylands Farm Show Ground near Billericay. The show featured motoring displays for car fanatics and a mini big top where children could learn circus skills, but of course my place was at the Taste Village. This area was a buzz of culinary activity with many distinguished chefs taking part. Television celebrity chefs were cooking at the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre. The inexhaustible Antonio Carluccio put on demonstrations right throughout the day whilst Cyrus Todiwala was hilarious, particularly when he described growing up in India: as a youngster he used to hide in the ovens of the family AGA. Only when they were turned off, mind you. Continue reading

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Aug,

11

Out and about with the AGA Total Control Van

One of the most attractive qualities about the appliance industry is that it puts on events all year round. Naturally, these fairs, shows and festivals become more frequent during the Summer and Christmas seasons, those times when people are primarily concerned with eating and drinking. Those who were so inclined could spend the entire Summer holidays travelling from one food event to another where they would find a thriving, hugely exciting culture of goods made by everyone from well-known corporations to burgeoning home businesses. Continue reading

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Aug,

11

On the road again

During my nine years working as an AGA demonstrator I have relished the opportunity to travel across the world, visiting places that I would otherwise never have visited and meeting people from all walks of life that I would never have met. On those occasions when I am lying in an unfamiliar hotel bed, many, many miles from home, I think about the boundless variety that there is in the world, yet the one thought that I keep returning to is that much of that variety is found within the United Kingdom. The discomfort of climbing into my car at the scrake of dawn of a morning is salved by the knowledge that at the other end of the motorway I will be presenting AGA products on a television channel or at a village fete or perhaps in a castle o. Most recently, I have been demonstrating from the back of a van. Continue reading

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Mar,

11

Homemade in Leamington Spa

You will have noticed through reading my blogs that I do a lot of work for AGA Rangemaster.  What One of the many things I love about working for AGA Rangemaster is the history and heritage.  But more so the fact that the products are made in Britain.  A country I’m very proud to live in.  My home. Continue reading

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Mar,

11

China

You may recall some time ago in 2009 I was in China co-presenting a TV series for China Food TV about Food Adventures on the Silk Road. Continue reading