Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Monday, 29 April 2013
Not Rocket-Science, but someone has to do it
The big question we all ask ourselves: What is Brismod going to do after she has finished watching the last coat of paint dry that Jason has applied to the walls of The Sow's Ear?
Well, just down the road from her at the University of Queensland, an amazing event is about to occur. A drop of pitch is about to break away from it's main body and land in a receptacle below (for the ninth time since 1927, when the 'experiment' was first set up) sometime during the next year or two. She'll have to concentrate though, because when it does break away, the event will only take one-tenth of a second.
Bris is lucky because she lives in Queensland, but the rest of us who are either in different provinces or even on the other side of the world, will have to make do with logging on to the webcam which refreshes itself every 10 seconds. I really hope that fate decrees that the tenth of a second that it takes to fall will be captured by the camera, but that is probably too much to hope for.
The last time a drop fell off, the professor in charge (probably not the 1927 original) happened to be in London. He was not too bothered about missing it though, because they had a digital camera set up to record it, and he knew he could return to Oz and see it on screen.
Sadly, the camera broke down and the image was never recorded, so he has been staring at the glass rhubarb-forcer and it's contents for the last 11 years. It looks as though his patience is about to pay off. Let's hope he doesn't blink when it happens.