On appliances there is this little sign that reads: X Watts, where X is a number which becomes progressively larger as the years go by. Have you noticed the power hungry irons, vaccum cleaners and hair dryers of today?

Philips irons now boast 2400W. My iron is half as powerful and still does away with the wrinkles.

Miele offers 2100W vaccum cleaners. My old vaccum cleaner is a thousand watts behind and clearly bites the dust. Blissfully ignorant of this, it cleans my floor without complaints.

Braun joins the power struggle with a 2000W hair dryer. Will the user experience it as a sensation or a burning sensation?

Not to be outdone, the electric tool manufacturers introduce 2200W angle grinders. The lastest trend in work out, maybe?