I am now the proud owner of a Micro-Pro 'hot water bottle with designer cover' - pictured below in all its glory.
There is just one, small snag. According to the label, it seems you can't put any water in it. The 'Care Instructions' state:
"Do not fill using water from the domestic hot water system as this can considerably shorten the life of the hot water bottle".
What exactly are you supposed to put in, Evian? How can they not be filled using domestic water? Inexperienced as I am such matters, filling a hot water bottle has normally involved tap, kettle, bottle.
The whole thing smacks of built-in obsolescence, where goods are designed to last a short period of time, so you have to buy a new one in 12 months time.
On such deliberate ephemera is our society built........