Image: Hugh Threlfall
May 26 2011
As I may have mentioned 200 times before, I am a paranoid backup nut. Not content with keeping two full backups of my hard drive in different locations, I also e-mail myself all new documents I create on my travels. If there were a real cataclysm, however, and both my backups and my laptop were lost and the remote servers where my e-mail lives were destroyed and the power went down across the world, I would, at least, be able to make a nice cup of tea, thanks to this marvellous British gadget, the mKettle. It will boil a pint of water in as little as six minutes using sticks and leaves or even wool. Do keep matches in your kitbag for when the balloon goes up, though.