(Hot water) bottled up emotions
Unlike some furry mammals who are visible throughout the year until they hibernate, the common hot water bottle does the opposite. It stays hidden in some dark corner of a cupboard until it feels the first sign of a chill. Well, what do you know! There it is at the bottom of the bed
Of course this is nonsense, but I just wanted to highlight that for most of us hot water bottles are aesthetically-challenged objects. I can’t even remember the last time that I actually bought one. It would probably have been a last minute idea for dear old Granny’s Christmas.
But still, as a nation, we are ‘tied’ to them. We were once as a nation ridiculed by a Hungarian born author, George Mikes. He is quoted as saying “Continental people have sex lives, the English have hot water bottles”, in his funny book entitled ‘How to be an alien’. In a way, there may have been truth in the joke, especially thinking back to when the designs were dour and bland. These words probably reflect the way a typical person on the continent sees the English attitude to sex.
But wait! Things have changed. i wouldn’t have believed it, but these things are actually now considered to be ‘sexy’? I found a site the other day whilst doing random searches, that had a good selection of different styles and shapes. If ever I was looking for unusual gifts to buy, things that you wouldn’t normally find in the high street, this would certainly be the place to start. They have everything here, from buddhas to retro telephones, and most things in between!
For anyone interested solely in hot water bottles, the ones that appealed to me were the cushioned shaped products. What i saw looked very comfortable and probably had therapeutic values, for those of us who suffer from lower back pain. For those who care for the environment, they a manufactured using 100% recyclable materials and are guaranteed not to fade.
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