for anyone who is curious, the fridge finally turned up on thursday. somewhere between 5 and 6 weeks, all up. this after Hardly Normal said "within two weeks". fuckers.
now i go play with the fridge. geek fridge! has bright blue lights down the back (purely for show as far as i can tell); plus an lcd readout of the current temperature; plus a built-in "you have beer in the freezer" reminder/alarm; plus other cool stuff. and of course it's stainless steel. afford it? hell no. had to finance it and will be trying to pay it off over the next year during the interest-free period.
now, what to do with the old one.... hmm.