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I have gone very candle-heavy for my mantlepiece Christmas decorating this year, which means a lot of long matches. And I’ve run out completely – not of matches, but long matches which are needed to reach the little sucker tea lights at the bottom of a long tea light holder.

And then I read somewhere that you can use a piece of spaghetti as a taper and it really does work!

I mean, it’s not totally efficient and your house will smell like burnt toast for about 15 minutes but, hey, it’s not the worst smell in the world…