Living with three east Europeans, we were staying in an ancient woman's house. She lay, mostly naked, on the kitchen table and we would take turns to sleep next to her, to keep her alive. One of us missed a shift and she died. We stood around anxiously looking at her thin, pale dead body. We needed to destroy her possessions before we left the house. I started, I had a club and was trying to break a hairdryer, then a microwave oven.