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 Wednesday, February 26, 2003

retail therapyThe retail therapy project (Phase 3)

I have set aside exactly £100 of my own money to buy myself a birthday present.
I'm asking you, the readers of diamond geezer, to tell me what exactly what to spend that £100 on.

Phase 2 of the project (nominate an electrical/gadgety present) is now complete.

Many thanks for all your nominations. I've been busy looking at your many suggestions (and wondering about your mental state too, some of you). Now I'm ready to narrow the field down to a final five electrical/gadgety things for you all to vote on over the next seven days. I've selected the final five not because I like them but because they're the only suggestions that fall within the price range £70 - £110, which is about right.

Phase 3 of the project (vote to choose my £100 birthday present) is therefore now open. You are invited to choose one of the following five presents, which are arranged in descending order of price. Just pick a letter...

(a) Clear Door Cooler £99.99 - "Clearly our best-ever mini fridge! This has to be the best 'anytime, anywhere' portable fridge we've ever seen. Its 20 litre capacity is quite a lot more roomy than our previous version and it's even better value at under £100. The design features an outrageously cool see-thru door that makes it look more like an expensive wine chiller cabinet - plus an LCD display showing current internal temperature."
From Innovations (catalogue number MP6320) and nominated by drD.

(b) Mathmos Flip and Faze Tumbler lights £99.90 for 2 - Flip: "A light brick that turns itself on and off when tumbled, the Flip light brick glows with 9 different colours that change every time you flip it over, which should be enough to satisfy anyone with the wildest moon swings!" Faze: "Like a slo-mo chilled out club light it sits there gently pulsing from one colour to the next - on it's back the colours change every 30 seconds, on its side they change every 5-10 seconds, and upright the colours change continuously. Pop it by your bed for a great effect while, well, you know."
From Mathmos and again nominated by drD.

(c) Philips Provapor Steam Iron £99.00 - It's a steam iron with a big reservoir underneath. "70g/min steam output. 2000 watts. Ceramic coated soleplate. 1 litre water tank."
From Argos (catalogue number 410/8070) and nominated by Blue Witch.

(d) Logitech Cordless Desktop Optical keyboard and mouse £84.95 - "The freedom of cordless... the performance of optical... together in one eye-catching design. Logitech Cordless Desktop® Deluxe Optical features a comfortable, ultra-flat keyboard and a gently curved optical mouse, making it an excellent choice for home and office users alike. Advanced digital radio technology lets you work securely anywhere within a 2-metre range from your computer. And the cordless optical mouse delivers maintenance-free performance and reliability."
From Logitech or Argos (catalogue number 636/8070) and also nominated by Blue Witch.

(e) Voice Commander remote control £79.00 - "With a clever mixture of voice recognition software and multi-directional infrared transmitter the Voice Commander puts you in charge. "BBC 1", "Turn it up", "Record This", "Play a CD", "Shut Up" - oh the amount of fun you can have with this is endless! You're watching TV and something great comes on, you don't have to move a muscle, just tell your little slave to record the programme and it will instruct your Video to do it."
From I Want One Of Those (under 'electronics') and nominated by paulg.

Tomorrow I'll post a bit more information about these five electrical gadgety type things, in case that helps, so you don't have to decide on your choice today.

You can cast your vote by visiting this special online survey site (select survey number 4137), or by posting a comment in the comments box below (assuming it's working, sigh), or by email. This week just a letter is needed, and only one vote per person please (none of the 'e' overdose that one of you had last time you were allowed to vote, OK?). All votes to be received by midnight next Tuesday 4th March. And next Wednesday I'll announce the winning present, which will give me a few days before my birthday to go out and spend £100 on whatever it is you finally select.

Please vote. My retail therapy depends on you.

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