The Fisher & Paykel dishwasher is my number one nomination. This is a dishwasher as dishwashers are supposed to be made. Fair dues to New Zealand. They produced it in Kiwi country while Europe and America were asleep. In fact, the Fisher & Paykel design is TWO dishwashers in one operating independently. It puts the ’kit’ in kitchen for this loverboy. I can stack the dirty delph in one while the other is at its own business - whether storing stuff ready to wash, holding stuff after a wash or actually washing stuff and drying it in 56 minutes. This dream machine uses total electronic control, even down to its plaintive beep to attract attention when it feels neglected.
I got a Strida because I have Fibromyalgia and find walking very painful. It has met and exceeded all my expectations. Great fun learning how to ride it originally but I mastered it once I realised I am not riding a bike, I am mounting a Strida, which is a whole different ballgame. I love the way bus drivers scratch their heads when I walk it up to the door. "It’s a walking aid, mate!" This little baby has given me my freedom, my dignity and more than a few laughs - especially demonstrating to kids how I fold and unfold it!
My Toshiba Satellite really does the business with multi-media. Apparently it’s the duo processor, whatever that is. This is the second laptop and the second Toshiba I’ve owned, the last being from 1997/8. The previous one got me a wife in 2001 (but that’s a different story). This one stores more and works faster than any other computer in the house. It talks with my mobile and is wirelessly linked to Internet, for which read all those wonderful people I contact all over the world. Toshiba! You do know the way to a [n Irish] man’s heart.