Heath Robinson


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Heath Robinson

Describing an unnecessarily complicated machine used for a simple task. Similar to "Rube Goldberg." Heath Robinson was an English illustrator known for drawing such contraptions. Primarily heard in UK. I just love these silly Heath Robinson contraptions—it takes imagination to design something so complicated!
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It may be a little Heath Robinson, but this nifty gizmo really works; hang it up in the sun (assuming there is some) and after about an hour you get a warm shower.
Gilbert, Agatha Christie and Brain Stoker and included some of the finest illustrations created by William Heath Robinson. It was published annually from 1880 to 1969.
Rickety, perhaps even Heath Robinson but it's something to go on.
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Shepard and William Heath Robinson appeal to many people because of their imaginatively visual storytelling.
By all accounts those early broadcasts were complete Heath Robinson affairs; with an office being commandeered after work to double as a studio complete with a grand piano to play for dancing.
It features book illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Heath Robinson and Walter Crane and by the Pre-Raphaelite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones.
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.
Though a contemporary of such well-known graphic artists as David Low, 'Fougasse', Heath Robinson and H.M.
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.
Oh, and a Heath Robinson robotic drum machine which Taylor thinks is hilarious but is just mildly embarrassing.
I need a Heath Robinson internal frame of canes slung from the roof and sides to support the insulation.
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.