"Excuse me, sir. 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." I don't know about the rest of you, but it would be easy to get used to being gently nudged awake by the velvety voice of Stephen Fry every morning.
The Voco alarm clock isn't new, in fact we've been enamored with it for a while. It features the voice of Stephen Fry, the original actor from the English comedy Jeeves and Wooster. The clock stirs you from slumber with the gentle sound of a birdsong, then a discreet cough and a Jeeves-like "Good Morning Madam (or Sir)" with one of 125 civilized messages to charm you awake. Afterward, it beeps until you shut it off, at which point he goes on to say one of a dozen different things like "Of course madam", or "Madam has a firm touch, but very fair". Ahh, what a luxurious way to start the day.
There are separate Voco "Good Morning Sir" and "Good Morning Madam" clocks which have different messages. The clock is sold online from Voco for 45£. Or, if you don't want to spring for the alarm clock you can download 70 of the audio files and use your computer, or a playlist on your iPod as an alarm clock. Then it's only $14.95.
What are you waiting for? You know you want to wake up to "Good morning, Madam. The current issue of Vogue has devoted its editorial to your sense of style, purpose, beauty and personal grandeur. It may be advisable to use the rear entrance today, Madam, to avoid the crowds."