Heath Robinson


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Heath Robinson

(of a mechanical device) absurdly complicated in design and having a simple function
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On the nod from Lester the correct story would be ripped from the typewriter and in those astonishingly old-fashioned, Heath Robinson (no relation) days, wrapped in something like a shell cartridge and dispatched in a tube system with a large shout of "boy" as it rattled off above us to be typeset.
The Heath Robinson props just add to the humour, especially when Ken's lover Martha appears on her narrow boat.
It's kind of Delia Smith meets Heath Robinson," says Jimmy, though there is a serious purpose behind the farmyard frolics, Viewers will witness such bizarre sights as Jimmy loading his home-reared freerange pork into a cement mixer to re-create square, processed, sandwich ham, or spraying filter coffee into a heated canister to make his own coffee powder.
The New York songsmith accompanies his compositions with madcap inventions, elaborate Heath Robinson style part wind up and motor operated drum machines involving bicycle wheels, cogs and all manner of dials and bells and whistles.
While the front of his project is impressive, inside it looks a little Heath Robinson with car tyres attached to spindles with a churning noise in the former office.
Long banks of escalators and stairs bestride the chasms, and curious glass lifts that might have sprung from the imagination of Heath Robinson scuttle busily up and down.
Visitors to the Laing are invited to use the magical Heath Robinson exhibition as inspiration to add to the design and construction of the Friend Ship, a fantastical multi-sensory voyaging machine designed and created by children and powered by their imagination and pencils.
The year is 1869 and the United States is under threat from an evil genius called Dr Arliss Loveless (Branagh) who is building a doomsday weapon of awesome power and Heath Robinson complexity.
He had built this crazy, Heath Robinson arrangement, but the thing worked the first time we tested it.
Think of the eccentric cartoonist, Heath Robinson mixed with Scrapheap Challenge.
Malcolm rescued more than 2,500 rare posters and even original artwork, including 84 drawings by celebrated cartoonist William Heath Robinson.
It's not a system at all, but a structure of the kind Heath Robinson would have been proud of.