One of the most useful (and used) things in our kitchen is our timer. Apart from timing during cooking, we also use it to ensure we brush our teeth for a full two minutes in the evening (it’s become a kind of ritual), and for things like ensuring Isaac’s keyboard practice is long enough.
Once upon a time our microwave oven had a timer function on it. Alas when it was upgraded about five years ago, the new unit didn’t have a timer, so I bought a standalone one.
It works well but has one annoyance: like many devices, once it starts beeping, it won’t stop. In fact after about 15 seconds it goes to a more frantic beep which keeps going until you tell it to shut up.
On the amusing side though, the four-beep pattern is identical to the sound effect used for the bomb timer planted in Martha’s flat by the Master’s henchmen in Doctor Who: The Sound of Drums.
The problem is that over the years it’s got dropped a few times. Occasionally the beep doesn’t work, or sounds off (give it a bump and it usually rectifies itself — hardly the idea way to fix electronics) and recently the magnet fell off the back so it wouldn’t stick to the fridge.
Then sometime in the last day or two (after using it for timing a painting project I’ll talk about later) it got lost completely. I’ve looked thoroughly, and can’t find it. Odd.
So given it’s not only lost but was falling apart as well, this week’s lunchtime excursion task is to find another one. Where should I look?
This Salter model looks rather nice. I wonder if it’s actually metal (and therefore perhaps stronger than the old one) or just metal-coloured plastic? Where would I find it? DJs perhaps? Myer had nothing.
(Wow, that’s way more than I thought I could write about a kitchen timer. Riveting stuff.)