The commercials started a month or so before Christmas. Clever little Wallace and Gromit short films, playing with Wallace's many tea-time inventions. And at the end..."BUY NOW! With your box of PG Tips tea, a Gromit mug that signals to you when your tea is ready!"
It's torture, sometimes, to live in France with UK programs on the TV. Will we get back to the UK before they stop the promotion? Can I sneak away from the Critic long enough to buy a couple and will I be able to hide them in the luggage?
Thank God for ebay. I did NOT make it to the UK before the promotion ran out. But I found a seller on ebay who, although his advertisement said he would only ship in the UK, was willing to ship four of these babies to me in Paris. They arrived after Christmas, which seems to be a chronic problem for me. But they arrived, unbroken.
And the most amazing thing? They actually work. Do any of you remember the Calvin and Hobbes cartoons where Calvin consumed pounds of cereal to get a beanie he thought would make him fly? Most promotions promise more than they deliver. But it works! You pour your tea into the mug and suddenly a flicker of red appears on the edge of the nose. And it spreads quickly, almost more quickly than your camera can save a shot and prepare for the next. (Actually, I ran out of space on the disk, but this is a good transition photo.) Too cool. And as your tea cools, it signals to you when it's too cold by gradually going black again.
Go get yours now on ebay - I promise it will give you much fun. Though honesty prompts me to admit that they are a b**** to clean, not being dishwasher safe and having lots of little crevices inside where tea can linger. But it's worth at it. Just look at those big expressive eyes...