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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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.
But it's also the reason the Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat had his fingers broken by Assad's thugs two years ago; why British cartoonists like Vicky and Heath Robinson were on the Gestapo death list.
Could something like that work in Wales, for all its Heath Robinson contraption weaknesses?
It was a bit of a Heath Robinson repair job to be honest and everyone was saying to me that I should just do a couple of laps and come in - at least that way I'd get the start points if nothing else to help me towards the title.
The orchestra is a real Heath Robinson type creation, part of which was Dave''s GCE O Level school woodwork project in 1969.
The Cartoon Museum pays homage to the role of Private Eye and everyone from W Heath Robinson (1872 - 1944) to Gerald Scarfe, with Dennis the Menace in between.
This Heath Robinson kind of situation couldn't continue as Huddersfield grew.
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.
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.
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.
Visitors to the Laing are invited to use the magical Heath Robinson exhibition as inspiration to add to the design and construction of the Friend Ship, a fantastical multi-sensory voyaging machine designed and created by children and powered by their imagination and pencils.