Ah, the great engineers of the North of England, how I *loved* to read about them in my Arthur Mee Children's Enclopedia. Manchester in particular seemed to be the most exciting city in the world, being home to great inventors such as:
- Richard Arkwright - builder of steam powered mills
- Francis Egerton - designer of the great Bridgewater Canal
- Sir Frederick Henry Royce - inventor of the Rolls Royce car
- Daniel Adamson - designer of the Manchester Ship Canal
- Thomas Kilburn - designer of the first Baby Computer
- and my absolute child hero, George Stephenson, builder of Locomotion No 1
So, they must be swelling with pride in their graves at this idiotic piece of design for Public Transport for Greater Manchester, created by one of the children of the wondrous North of England Industrial Revolution inheritance. It takes a special kind of ineptitude to create a mechanism that cannot possibly work out of only three working parts. Not a child who played with Mecanno then...
The irony is, we've just delivered a programme to the DFES aimed at encouraging kids to do STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at school.
Truly, I despair.