I find it very hard to get out of bed in the morning (and I do mean "morning", that thing that ends sometime around the middle of the day). This hasn't been made any easier by the recent death of my alarm clock.
Now, being a practical sort of person, I set off in search of a new one. Before I headed off into town I decided what I wanted from my clock:
But could I find such a thing? No. In the end I settled for an old fashioned, quartz-movement beeping job with a little dial to set the hands of the clock and a big button to press to switch off the buzzer. Technology may have moved on in the last fifty years, but the lowly alarm clock has only gained bloat, time zones and wall projection.