Re: The "shrink wrap" era?
The gas pipe should still work. It seems to be even more reliable than the electric grid. I don't know about the UK, but in the Netherlands almost everybody cooks on gas. The few times I've had to cook on an electric furnace have been a hell. Why do people do it?
Besides the gas, we have a wood heater that can be used to cook on. Also great when the power fails, because that means the end of the heat pump as well. This way, we're never in the cold. Keeping a few candles ready for power outages and you're set for a while.
If you're prepared kids tend to like these situations because it gives them the chance to really learn something new - and something which is simple enough to completely understand.