The next great crisis? My money’s on electrosensitivity:
Before knocking on Sarah Dacre’s door, I take the precaution of checking my mobile phone. It’s switched off, as she has requested.
“Last time someone came to visit,” she warns, “I started feeling awfully nauseous. It turned out he had a picture phone with him and had left it switched on. A picture phone!”
She pauses, looking genuinely horrified. Apparently, this type of mobile automatically sends signals to a local base station every nine minutes – “No wonder I felt so sick.”
Beneath the coats of magnolia paint, she points out, the walls are lined with a special paper that contains a layer of tin-foil …
She also wears a hat made from “shielding fabric”.