Thus I took a trip to Amazon and am now bemused, befuddled and bewildered by the array of objects that claim to be hairdryers. I just want something nice and simple to dry my hair with. I don't want it to make the tea or tell me the news or coat my hair or massage it or anything else they now claim to do. I just want a nice, bog standard hairdryer (preferably the same make as the one I've had for three decades as it suits me) - is that really too much to ask for?
Okay, so I am exaggerating slightly about the making tea and telling me the news - to be fair I didn't actually come across one of those, but even so.
I now return to be being boggled and just hope I can find a nice, simple hairdryer. Wish me luck.