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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As a result, spending on ARP (Air Raid Precautions) was strictly limited, the projects to build the Spitfire and Hurricane fighter aircraft and develop radar barely survived and in 1940-41 the country faced what Juliet Gardiner rightly calls 'the most prolonged and savage attack ever inflicted on the British people' with decidedly amateurish, Heath Robinson style defences.
The spirits of writer Italo Calvino and illustrator Heath Robinson hover over these meticulous delineations of a multi-layered megastructure of flattened windows and fibre-optics, resting on a bed of corks, and harvesting renewable energy from potatoes impaled on pins.
The Share-a-Not, full of brilliant colour, fantastic characters and eccentric engineering in the Heath Robinson style, is the tale of a selfish, shaggy blue monster who greedily sets out to steal every pet rock in existence.
High-lights include two almost-but-not-quite-convincing watercolours, supposedly by Thomas Rowlandson and William Heath Robinson. As ever, the fair itself, now 21 years old, boasts an exciting array of artists from all periods, with works by Thomas Girtin, Edward Burne-Jones, Augustus John, John Piper, Quentin Blake and Tracey Emin.
1915 The process for making breakfast cereal flakes was patented by Frank Martin, as previously the combination of corn, oats and grain had proved indigestible for the public 1944 William Heath Robinson, the English artist known for his drawings of complex machinery which performed simple tasks, died.
Another of his Heath Robinson contraptions got its third annual outing last week when a home-made potato drill was put through its paces.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN ENGINEER OWNS A DOG A pet pooch having Heath Robinson fun with a ball-throwing device.
His Heath Robinson contraption is at odds with some of the gleaming creations the other 29 competitors from nine different nations have hauled out to Battle Mountain in Nevada.
But these robust bi-planes, nick-named "Stringbags" because of their Heath Robinson looks, proved their worth endlessly throughout the conflict.
then it's raining' Heath Robinson affairs of yesteryear, these days the weather forecast is usually right.
The cheese-o-matic machine is a contraption worthy of Heath Robinson. The rat hustlers are wonderful creations in masks and stetsons who terrorise the neighbourhood from their bikes.