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Extra Virgin -  August 2010

Editor - Miranda Sherry

Can you feel it? That sharp little bite in the morning air that wasn’t there a month ago?

Yup, it’s time to unearth your boots from the back of the cupboard where they’ve been collecting dust behind a pile of slip-slops, and to go on a hunt to find the piece of paper with the (unreasonably complicated) instructions on how to set the digital timer for the under-floor heating.

The approach of winter in SA is always accompanied by a bit of an ‘edge-of-your-seat’ feeling: with Eskom prices on the rise, how long before the amounts on our electricity bills start looking like telephone numbers?

Before you start pondering weird alternative ways to keep warm (gerbil powered generators are very maintenance intensive, believe me) take comfort in the fact that, as a nation, we saved 350 megawatts of power during Earth Hour in March - that’s enough to power the City of Bloemfontein for an entire day. Perhaps switching our lights off more often this winter will not only help save recourses, but make a difference to our wallets as well? It’s certainly worth a try.

Make sure you switch on your computer occasionally, however, because you’ll soon be able to warm up with the new, slick Virgin Money website currently on its way. We’re redesigning it with maximum ease-of-use in mind, so keep a close eye out; we’ll keep you updated on the impending launch.

There are also a few whispers on the wind about some exciting Insurance news, and a possible new card design...

Clearly, this updated, restyled Extraextra newsletter (which is now going to be making a cheerful quarterly appearance in your inbox, by the way) is just the start of new things to come. We’ve loaded it choc-a-block full of great deals and juicy offers just for you, so keep warm, keep reading, and enjoy.

Miranda Sherry