This piece was originally published January 15th, 2009.
An alarm clock for people who hate alarm clocks, hate getting up in the morning, and really hate not having enough scratch to afford a good personal man-servant to roust you in the a.m. with freshly squeezed orange juice.
While you may not have the life of leisure bestowed upon young Bertie Wooster, you can at least pretend that you have his valet, actually THE valet of valets, Jeeves, in your constant employ thanks to Voco U.K. and their Stephen Fry, Jeeves alarm clock.
P.G. Wodehouse’s memorable character Jeeves, as voiced by the inimitable English actor who will forever be Jeeves in my mind, Stephen Fry, is available to awaken you each morning from those evenings of far too many Brandy and Sodas. A nice improvement over their older Jeeves clock, which was housed in lowly scullery maid plastic and contained (sigh) only a mere 50 sayings – disgraceful! This Jeeves alarm clock features wooden housing and 150 different witty ways to say get up – each managing to make you extremely amused (not to mention a tad guilty) enough to listen.
You can pick from either the “Ahem…Good Morning, Sir” or “Ahem…Good Morning, Madam” versions (at my household, we have one of each). It really does help roust my girlfriend at a brutal 5:30 a.m. each day to embark on her miserable train commute, by hearing the initial bird singing followed by a line such as “Good Morning, Madam…I’m so sorry to disturb you, but it appears to be morning. Very inconvenient, I agree. I believe it is the rotation of the earth that is to blame.” The two versions each sport a different faceplate (Sir version with Roman numerals depicted here).
So while this newly improved clock does not perhaps provide an actual Jeeves at our bedside with his tray of special miracle hangover cure, it goes a long way towards bringing a smidgeon of mirth to the dreaded morning wake up routine that we lower class yobs must sleepily endure.