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
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Heath Robinson

adj (inf) device, machinewunderlich
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I witnessed a test on a fascinating machine, a Heath Robinson device (look it up on Google) that smoked a cigarette and an e-cigarette.
The homes may have appeared a bit 'Heath Robinson' to passers by, but these shelters were made by skilled men used to manufacturing.
In the UK, 1,143 children and young adults across eight cities in London, Essex, Newcastle, Tamworth, Cambridge, and Belfast in Northern Ireland, participated in these workshops held at 12 schools, in addition to the Design Museum in London, National Saturday Club, Heath Robinson Museum, The Nerve Centre, the Science Museum, the Apple Store -- Regent Street, the Northern Children Book Festival, and other public venues.
The scene was one of organised chaos, like an old Heath Robinson cartoon come to life.
1944: William Heath Robinson, the English artist known for his drawings of complex machinery which performed simple tasks, died.
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. Some of the components required may be a little difficult to source--SPDT switch, anyone?--but most items will be found in 'that' kitchen drawer, or towards the back of your average garden shed.
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.
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.