Our bedside alarm-clock-radio went a little funny and the radio wouldn’t function.  So my husband bought one off the internet, a swish, cute, futuristic-looking, black rugby ball shaped affair.  Now, if ever there was a case for try-before-you-buy then this was it.  Our new alarming wake-me-upper is:

1) small! Okay, I know they give you dimensions on the internet, in the technical section, but seriously, if see a picture of it on a bedside table…  And who checks the dimensions of a bedside clock? 

2) the display is tiny: it has a large glass front but only a tiny section of that actually displays the time.  Imagine an apple with a barcode – the screen is the size of the apple and the display only runs through the middle and is the size of a barcode!  Not only that but the typeface is small, it has to be because aswell as the time it has to display the alram time and the radio station it is playing: a host of information you seriously do NOT need at six am when you crack open one sleepy eye full of – what is that stuff that gathers in your eyes?  Seriously, all I want is one large set of numbers, easy to read, not too bright.

3) snooze: it only snoozes for five minutes!  Whose clever idea was that?  Ten minutes, please.  Five minutes just puts you in a bad mood.

But it does have one great feature.  The radio (if set to wake-up with radio rather than alarm) slowly gets louder and louder if you don’t switch off the alarm or snooze it.  It is brilliant.  So you can wake up ssslllowlllyyy. You certainly need that delay to wipe the sleep from your eyes!  Now I am looking for a similar snooze function to install on my children…


About Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch

I am a wild-haired author who cannot stop writing. The writing process is not a task for me. It is an extension of myself. When I write, I lose myself as easily as if I slipped into the story for a swim. Writing became a serious part of my life in Decmber of 2009. Unless you're reading this in 2017 it wasn't that long ago, and the bug hit me hard and fast. My first novel, Banished, was published in March 2010 and is available at If you read it, or anything else I've written, I hope you'll post a review and let me know why you liked it - or even why not!
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