Mr Grumpy: beep, beep!

Mr Grumpy (Photo: The Real Review)

It doesn’t take much to break my concentration when I’m working. A tiny electronic beep got my full attention. Was I imagining it? No, there it was again about 10 seconds later.

Do we really need so many alarms and why do they all sound so alike?

Was it my phone? No. Unplugged it and the beep continued.

Mobile phone? No.

Computer? It took me a while to establish that the computer was not the guilty party.

TV? No.

Smoke alarm? No.

Temperature alarm on wine cabinets? No.

Computer printer? No.

iPad? No.

It took two people and 45 minutes to establish that it was my exercycle alerting me to the fact that the batteries need replacing. Surely I would have discovered that myself when the screen went black? Do we really need so many alarms and why do they all sound so alike?


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