We bought a 1979 Kirby vacuum cleaner today at Orkney’s monthly auction called the Mart. Cost me £7 which is a lot less than someone paid for it in 1979. It also came with a truck load of accessories and shampooing box and buffer called “The Butler” . . . and a contraption for sprucing up the shag carpet called the “Shag King”. Yeah . . SHAG KING . , , the name carries some baggage in our Post-AustinPowers world . . kinda like “postmodern” . . but anyway . .. Debbie is cleaning it up right and we are excited about our new addition to the family . . . Mr Kirby.