Rather rocket stoves than rocket science

A line in an old workers’ song goes “Chop some wood, ’twill do you good” (The Preacher and the Slave – the lyrics also gave us the phrase ‘pie in the sky’). The song parodies the hymn “In the sweet by and by”, and the advice to chop some wood is directed at those seen to be exploiting workers without working themselves. Chopping some wood isn’t doing any of us much good these days though.

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