Heath Robinson


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Heath Robinson

(ˈrɒbɪnsən)
adj
(Mechanical Engineering) (of a mechanical device) absurdly complicated in design and having a simple function
[C20: named after William Heath Robinson (1872–1944), British cartoonist]
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Heath Robinson

[ˈhiːθˈrɒbənsən] ADJ [device etc] → aparatoso

Heath Robinson

adj (inf) device, machinewunderlich
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lifelong maker with a passion for making weird and wonderful things', has assembled a fun 'how to' book that will enthuse many a young Heath Robinson.
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.
Maverick designer Diarmuid Gavin is back and is bound to draw attention with his Harrods Eccentric British Garden, below, inspired by designer Heath Robinson, with swirly topiary and an octagonal folly.
By the time we get to March, there won't be enough room to give everything space and all manner of Heath Robinson inventions will come into play.
1944: William Heath Robinson, the English artist |known for his drawings of complex machinery which performed simple tasks, died.
The machine created by code breakers at Bletchley Park during the Second World War was nicknamed Heath Robinson in honour of the illustrator's cartoons of crazy contraptions, which also provided the inspiration for the inventions featured in Wallace and Gromit.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN ENGINEER OWNS A DOG A pet pooch having Heath Robinson fun with a ball-throwing device.
I dread to think what overseas viewers must be thinking as they watch 40 nervy horses and their equally tense riders being forced to do the impossible by lining up like guardsmen on parade before the starter, in his wisdom, decides they are all behaving themselves then dispatches them with a mechanism that owes far more to Heath Robinson than to any form of modern technology.
The work of book artists like David McKee (the man who invented Mr Benn), John Vernon Lord and from an earlier generation Heath Robinson.
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.