Anyway, we now have a nice new (almost identical) machine, with just one problem; every time Lady Magnon goes to open or close it she receives a nasty electric shock.
Being resourceful, she now uses two wooden spoons when opening or closing the drum.
Does anyone have a solution to static electricity in washing machines? Any handy hints that don't involve wooden spoons would be most welcomed. I've heard that putting a ball of aluminium foil in the drum can help; has anyone else heard about that?