Sorry, going very OT here:
thirdcrank wrote:The Today programme seems to have hours to fill. I say "seems" because it's some time since I stopped listening.
You haven't missed much. It was useful as a news fill-in in the pre-internet days - now I tend not to have R4 on in the mornings any more. And the present incumbents, Robinson, Humphrys &Co are frankly irritating.
I hanker after the good old days of Jack de Manio and Brian Redhead - long since departed to that studio in the sky! My all-time favourite item - long long ago - was an off-the-cuff interview conducted by a roving reporter of theirs named Monty Modlyn, which was utterly hilarious. Only at the end was it revealed that his interviewee was ..... a mynah bird
Cyril Haearn wrote:I saw a picture once of a very practical vehicle, a wagon with a horse who "walked" on an endless enclosed belt to drive the thing along. Could that be the future?
Oddly enough, it's rooted well into the past.
I had occasion the other day to Wiki "Rainhill Trials", which, as I'm sure you know, was the celebrated 1829 competition run to test the efficacy of steam (or other) locomotives. Well, one of the entrants was, apparently, a contraption called Cycloped
, built by one Thomas Shaw Brandreth. It was not steam-driven: instead it featured a horse on a treadmill driving the thing. It didn't complete the course, sadly: it seems the horse fell through the floor at some point.
OK Back to OT and the 'lids' debate: I notice that BHIT (which some of us lovingly referred to as "Be Hit!"
) has re-branded itself as "Cycle-Smart". Does that make it any smarter? As a lid-recusant myself, I rather doubt it....