Micropost: DTW’s Three Best Clock Radios for Waking You Up Before You Go Driving

Another month, another three iconic clock radios to wake you up with. DTW has been to the 45th Geneva Clock Radio show to review the best in the new clock radios aimed at drivers or people who like cars generally.

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First, the Digitron Aqua Terra 150 M with a ten minute snooze function. It has anti-magnetic rating of 15,008 Gauss. The transparent back reveals a solid-state transistor wireboard. It has FM and AM functions. The Magnovoxx Seamaster Professional has a convincing wood-effect case and a striking retro-digital display. The base is subtly recessed to give the clock-radio a floating effect. The alarm can be preset for two different wake-up times. Finally the 300 LD-50 which is the actual clock radio that appeared in the backround of the movie The Bourne Inheritance .

The display is set to appear at the time shown in film. Press a button on the back to display the real time. Prices are from £12.00 to £15. These clock radios are a must for any man interested in waking up to go driving at some point in the day. They will also certainly impress whoever gets to drive back home with you!

 

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

18 thoughts on “Micropost: DTW’s Three Best Clock Radios for Waking You Up Before You Go Driving”

    1. I do remember him messing about with the little cup heating element. By the mid 70s, which was the first time I saw the entire film, it seemed incongruous, since those devices were strictly for nerdy students in their bedsits but, back in the cool Sixties, they possibly seemed cutting edge. Our family had a lava lamp just like Steve’s in the 60s – I never realised how Cool we were.

    2. Meanwhile in London that proto-hipster Harry Palmer was shopping for champignons and using freshly ground beans to brew his coffee.

      While we’re talking about Bullitt, why did he have his refrigerator out on the stairway instead of inside the apartment? Did he have to share it with neighbours or something?

    3. Harry Palmer doesn´t strike me as a proto-Hipster. He is too modern,isn´t he? I quite like freshly ground beans too and I am a bit of a food enthusiast but I certainly would not have a beard or wear a lumberjack shirt. What was Harry Palmer then? He seems good humoured about his consumer preferences rather than being one who tries to exclude.

    4. RE: Harry Palmer as proto-hipster. That’s fair enough Richard. I was trying to imply that in comparison to a taciturn manly man who bungs a wire heater in his mug of instant coffee and eats tv dinners, some guy in glasses fussing over his food is going to look pretty effing hipster in comparison. Where ‘hipster’ is a pejorative term for fashionable younger people who are precious about things like coffee in a manner that strikes the speaker as irksome.
      Also, lumberjack shirts? That’s more of a ’90s slacker fashion staple, isn’t it?

    5. Of course, Michael Caine is another bromantic pin-up boy. However, he’s never been a big car person. Whilst Bullitt swanned around in his big-engined Mustang and his colleagues wondered when internal affairs would finally get round to asking him about the graft, Harry Palmer kept his bus tickets for petty cash or borrowed a low level Ford from the pool whilst he dreamed of a raise so that he could put down a deposit on an Anglia. Also he cooked for his bird – more metrosexual than hipster I guess.

      Incidentally, can Bullitt be blamed for the tiresome trope of film and TV policemen driving inappropriate cars?

    6. Alright, I officially give up trying to apply faddish subculture references to ‘Arry Pahmah. I do like film of The Ipcress File, and Burial in Berlin (Billion Dollar Brain not so much)

      I know what you mean about inappropriate cars Sean, but I wonder if a big-block Mustang would be out of reach of a police detective lieutenant, given that a Mustang was hardly exotic and the monthly finance payments wouldn’t have been too onerous. It’s his personal car, isn’t it? Paying it off would certainly explain subsisting on convenience store TV dinners and instant coffee.

    7. Obviously there’s the ‘plain clothes’ aspect, and you do occasionally see quite unlikely cars wending their way through London traffic, siren and and blue lights flashing.

      Sure the 390 wasn’t a flashy Shelby job, but wouldn’t there be regulations that insisted he used an asthmatic 6 cylinder sedan from the police pool? And if the 390 was his, it’s not just the purchase price, it’s the ongoing repair bills that would bankrupt him, even if he was able to claim mileage. And I didn’t notice him logging his odometer when he left the car. It’s the little details that make for a really engrossing police drama you know.

      Did he also have one of those cup heating coils in the glove box that ran off a lighter socket for stake outs? I was given one for Christmas, but tried boiling milk with it. Big mistake.

    8. Well for most of the film he was riding around town with Delgetti doing the driving in a standard plainclothes car so I’d guess for most cases they worked together and Delgetti drove because he was a junior detective and/or Bullitt had ‘totalled’ so many cars he’d been banned from the motor pool. The Mustang was his nights and weekends car, and he had a mechanic on the shady side of town who looked after the Mustang in return for Bullitt not busting his small-scale car theft racket. (Is there Bullitt fan fiction? I feel like I’ve read this somewhere before)

      Nobody has answered my question about the fridge outside the front door of the flat yet. Is there a Chilled to Write blog where I can get an answer?

    9. Mark. Thanks for clarifying the details of Bullitt. I have to admit that I probably haven’t seen it for 20 years and, unlike Apocalypse Now which I saw for the first time in as many years the other week and wondered why I’d bothered, inasmuch as I remembered practically every extravagant detail, obviously Bullitt isn’t so memorable. My (false) memory was that he spent more time tooling around in his ‘Tang.

      What I did remember for some reason though, was the milk and sandwiches in the hospital as well as the fridge in the corridor thing that you mention. Both seemed quite clever character defining shortcuts. The fridge suggested this guy is unconventional. His private life is disorganised. He is tough but generous (i.e. people might borrow his milk if they need, but there’s no way they’d fuck with the fridge – after all he is the King Of ….).

      How much do you think they’d pay for McQueen’s fridge in an auction?

  1. The fridge was a Westinghouse and McQueen used it in all his films. It was used in Dirty Harry and also Dog Day Afternoon (Al Pacino). It made a short appearance in George Clooney’s thriller “Michael Clayton” before being auctioned at a Sotheby’s sale in 2011 for $894,000, the second highest price paid for a McQueen fridge.

    1. Anorak Fact : Did you know that McQueen had the fridge customised by George Barris, who chopped it by 3 inches, reversed hinged the doors, nickel plated the handle and frenched the interior light? The list of cinematic white goods that passed through George’s Kustom shop is one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets.

  2. There´s also Rock Hudson´s toaster oven, David Niven´s coffee maker and Douglas Fairbanks´ chest freezer, all given the Barris treatment. The Barris-McQueen fridge is now missing, by the way. It was shown at the Hollywood Dreams exhibition in 1988 but was lost in transit to New York. If it was located the estimated value is nearly 1.1 milllion dollars.

    1. It’s rumoured that it now resides in a clandestine underground collection of ‘hot’ fridges collected by a Khazach billionaire. It shares space with Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth’s notorious Electrolux based ‘Rat Frijj’ and Gene Winfield’s ‘Cool Runner’ built on a Frigidaire frame for the film Blade Runner.

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