Friday, 18 October 2013

Is Britain a country where old men would want a Tikker death watch ?

Fredrik Colting, the Swedish creator of the 'Tikka Death Watch' has said that the idea came to after his Grandfather passed away: "It made me think about death and the transience of life, and I realized that nothing matters when you are dead. Instead what matters is what we do when we are alive.”

Apparently, the $39 watch comes with a simple actuarial quiz and on the basis of your you are given an estimate of your time left on Earth. You punch this number into the watch and then, without ceremony, it begins its final countdown towards your death.

Built by a group of 'designers, free-thinkers, lovers and life-afficionados' the concept behind the Tikker is to remind you of the important things in life. 'All we have to do is learn how to cherish the time and the life that we have been given,' says Tikker’s Kickstarter page, 'And the best way to do this is to realize that seconds, days and years are passing never to come again'.

When interviewed by the 'Daily Mail', Fredrik called his creation the "Happiness Watch" and said that : "The occurrence of death is no surprise to anyone, but in our modern society we rarely talk about it. I think that if we were more aware of our own expiration I’m sure we’d make better choices while we are alive."
Tikka's sell :

My survey of old men in Britain this year would indicate a number of old men who certainly would not like to be reminded on their wrist how many more years they would continue :

with being abused : Britain is 'no' country and 'a' country for more and more abused old men
Sunday, 6 October 2013

with dementia : Britain, no country for old men suffering from dementia today, will continue to be, for more and more of them tomorrow
 Sunday, 29 September 2013

* without care : Britain is no country for old men in 'care homes' which provide neither 'home' nor 'care'
Monday, 26 August 2013

* through long, cold winters : Britain has been no country for the old men killed by the winter and cold, cold spring
Thursday, 30 May 2013

in a state of malnourishment : Britain is no country for hundreds of thousands of old men in need of nourishment in their own homes
Wednesday, 29 May 2013

* in a state of debt : Britain is no country for the more and more old men falling deeper and deeper into debt
Tuesday, 14 May 2013

* in a state of loneliness : Britain is no country and a country for more and more lonely old men
Saturday, 6 April 2013

* under a chemical cosh Britain is no country for old men in care homes and under a chemical cosh
Sunday, 24 February 2013

In addition, the watch would be of no use to either those old men who are going to die unexpectedly :
Britain is no country for more and more old men who continue to die unexpectedly before their time
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

or those whose watch would give a false reading because it wouldn't note that they lived in Manchester :
Britain is no country for men in Manchester where preventable illness will kill them before they reach mature old age
20 June 2013

P.S. American, Jordan Cooper's 'You Tube' rant against the watch. Warning : Lots of bad language, but very funny : 

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