We disagree. So in the third of our series of updates on the contents of Mandy's Big Top we introduce - the plastic bucket. Easily cleanable, developed by Oxfam engineers for carrying water in developing countries, this bucket with a lid may not sound futuristic, but in Rwanda, Burundi and Zaire it is already saving lives.
The 14-litre container is durable and stackable, and when full it can be carried on the head African-style. Created by an Oxford-based team led by Andy Bastable, it is designed to bring in water rapidly in the first stages of a disaster.
The plastic bucket may eventually be sold in Oxfam shops.