Rowland Emett's "Heath Robinson Clock" - Merrion Centre

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Postby Phill_dvsn » Sat 05 May, 2012 8:41 pm

Here's something else to keep you occupied Laugh
http://blueballfixed.ytmnd.com/

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Postby chameleon » Sat 05 May, 2012 11:25 pm

Caron wrote:
Well I hope the Flying Machine is being cared for somewhere safe. I loved it. Brilliant! Thanks for the pic, Phill.


Phil, wasn't it you who found/saw/heard they were stored in the bowels of the Merrion Centre some time ago?
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Sun 06 May, 2012 12:17 am

chameleon wrote:
Caron wrote:
Well I hope the Flying Machine is being cared for somewhere safe. I loved it. Brilliant! Thanks for the pic, Phill.


Phil, wasn't it you who found/saw/heard they were stored in the bowels of the Merrion Centre some time ago?

Not me I'm afraid, my only dealings with Town Centre Securities who own the Merrion are very negative indeed. They are very anti documentation and do a great job of hiding our cities past and history.

I don't have a good word to say about them.
I'm sure I've ranted about them on here before!! Laugh
        
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Postby Leodian » Sun 06 May, 2012 1:09 am

I've just been looking at the Town Centres Securities website and I notice that its company address is 'Town Centre Securities PLC. Town Centre House. The Merrion Centre. Leeds. LS2 8LY'. I knew it is Leeds based but I hadn't realised that the Merrion Centre is in LS2 and not LS1 that I would have guessed!
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Postby Caron » Sun 06 May, 2012 1:17 am

Phill_dvsn wrote:
Here is a video of some of Rowland Emmets inventions in motion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apCGmsbFdQQ

Personally I think the guy is amazingly talented, it's true eccentrics like him that make the world a far more interesting place!!


I agree. The sort of guy you'd have loved as an uncle. Thanks for the links (can't stop watching them!).
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Postby chameleon » Sun 06 May, 2012 9:23 am

Phill_dvsn wrote:
chameleon wrote:
Caron wrote:
Well I hope the Flying Machine is being cared for somewhere safe. I loved it. Brilliant! Thanks for the pic, Phill.


Phil, wasn't it you who found/saw/heard they were stored in the bowels of the Merrion Centre some time ago?

Not me I'm afraid, my only dealings with Town Centre Securities who own the Merrion are very negative indeed. They are very anti documentation and do a great job of hiding our cities past and history.

I don't have a good word to say about them.
I'm sure I've ranted about them on here before!! Laugh
        


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Postby ArmleyLass47 » Mon 09 Jul, 2012 11:05 am

Hi again,

I did have a post on here re Emmetts contraptions. I live in Nottingham now and we have one in the Victoria Shopping Centre.

It is called the Water Clock or Emmetts name The Aqua Tintinnabulator - laugh. Well its been unable to work for
quite a few years now. I heard today that a man has mended
it and it took 3 years to get all the working parts working again.
I have seen on YouTube this clock but they didnt get the sound
or it working so will go down to the Vic Centre soon and do a
video which I will put on YouTube. It is so fantastic when it
works and was chuffed to find it from 1973 in Nottingham
when I had left the Flying Machine in Leeds.
Great guy and all of his ideas.

Not good at putting webpages on but if you do a search for
The Water Clock, Victoria Centre Nottingham you should find
it on YouTube.    
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Postby somme1916 » Mon 09 Jul, 2012 11:32 am

ArmleyLass47 wrote:
Hi again,

I did have a post on here re Emmetts contraptions. I live in Nottingham now and we have one in the Victoria Shopping Centre.

It is called the Water Clock or Emmetts name The Aqua Tintinnabulator - laugh. Well its been unable to work for
quite a few years now. I heard today that a man has mended
it and it took 3 years to get all the working parts working again.
I have seen on YouTube this clock but they didnt get the sound
or it working so will go down to the Vic Centre soon and do a
video which I will put on YouTube. It is so fantastic when it
works and was chuffed to find it from 1973 in Nottingham
when I had left the Flying Machine in Leeds.
Great guy and all of his ideas.

Not good at putting webpages on but if you do a search for
The Water Clock, Victoria Centre Nottingham you should find
it on YouTube.    

Cheers.....will look for this one.Should never have took our contraption away.Bet it would still be a big crowd puller,even today.
        
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Postby Cellist » Wed 01 Aug, 2012 10:17 pm

I remember the Flying Machine very well including the music.

As I recall it, it was harpsichord music... similar in style to Scarlatti. Does anyone know what the actual piece of music was?

I've searched around in youtube and on music search sites without success.

Thanks
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Postby Geordie-exile » Wed 01 Aug, 2012 10:41 pm

Rowland with the Featherstone Kite, two of which exist:

http://www.britishpathe.com/search/query/EMETTS/playlist/1
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