Searching the back of the kitchen cupboards to fill their lunch boxes, I hang on to the hope that things will never get as bad as a friend who sent their son to school with a tin of spaghetti hoops and a tin opener
For my friends and I, who were small children at the time, it was a revelation to see the Americans pierce the cans with a metal tin opener
and reveal the food within: Sardines, peaches, condensed milk or corned beef.
The 10-man ration currently includes components such as main meal retort pouches, tinned meats, tinned desserts, tinned fruit and vegetables, large pasta and rice packs, biscuits, fruit/cereal bars, powdered drinks, teabags, powdered milk, sauce sachets, flour, bicarbonate of soda, dried yeast, cooking oil, salt and pepper, sugar, garlic powder, dried onions, dried herbs, tin opener
and refuse sacks.
But if Denmark made a meal of their scoring opportunities in Saturday's 0-0 draw, they have vowed to bring the tin opener
with them to Dublin tomorrow night.
Likewise the corkscrew, tin opener
, screwdriver, mini-scissors, nail file, fish scaler, hook disgorger, ruler in centimetres and inches, pruning blade, and magnifying lens.
I wouldn't let this lot loose with a tin opener
and a can of tuna.
10 | A giant bottle of Tresemme shampoo - PS2 | Face flannel - 30p | | Cordless kettle - PS5 | | Four glass tumblers - PS1 | | Wooden spoon - 30p | | Spatula - 25p | | Tin opener
- 45p | | Spray bottle of Flash - 95p | | 100 tea lights - PS2 | | Four heart-shape coasters - PS3 | | A 250ml bottle of Carex handwash - 90p The total?
Single duvet cover, single pillow case X 2, single fitted sheet, single duvet, pillow x 2, bath towel, hand towel, dinner plate, side plate, cereal bowl, mug, set of glass tumblers, chopping board, cutlery set, tin opener
, spatula, vegetable knife, slotted spoon, tea towel, 60w light bulb, medium pan, small pan, frying pan, pyrex dish, washing up liquid, wooden spoon, bin liners, scourers, washing powder, toilet rolls.
HE was what is known as a confirmed bachelor and I'd already had first-hand experience of the domestic duties imposed on his guests, for he was a man who regarded a tin opener
as a complicated and highly technical instrument, the use of which required at least a degree in mechanical engineering.
When I'm working in Gaza, I also have a hibernation kit: bottles of water, tinned food and tin opener
As far as I am aware (which I am) they neither carry corkscrews, penknives nor a tin opener
and naturally are not issued with Samurai swords or indeed anything similar.
A cat would slap you across the face with a tin opener
and ask: "Where's supper".