E.Coli sculpture by Luke Jerram at Sheffield Winter Gardens 31 October 2015.
I found these images in my archive from a couple of years ago, so I’m afraid this one is a little bit late! I thought they were worth sharing if only to acknowledge that even bits of nature we perceive to be bad can be also be good.
Because of the harm it can do to humans E.Coli generally gets a bad press. It wasn’t until I saw this sculpture and the description in the last photograph that I learned how scientists have been able to separate the good from the bad and the ugly…
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Answers on a postcard* please…
Todays blog post is something a bit different. It is a little bit of Sheffield but quite what it is remains a mystery to me!
The photographs show the “Everyman” made by Joseph Rodgers of Sheffield. I have no idea what it is or indeed what it might be used for? It has perplexed everyone who has seen it! In fact the only reason I have it is because I was so intrigued by it! The big question and the reason for this post is to see if anyone might know what the “Everyman” was for?
As can be seen in the photographs, it comes housed in a tailor made plastic wallet. It is approximately 5.5cm long (the drawing pins in one of the photographs give a sense of scale).
When turned the knurled brass wheel makes the outer stainless sides slide in opposite directions to a fixed point determined by the angled slots. Two of the photos show the “Everyman” in it’s fully extended position. I’m guessing this gadget dates from the late 60’s or 70’s.
My searches on the internet have turned up no information whatsoever.
*I would be very grateful if anyone has any ideas about the “Everyman” if they would be kind enough to share them in the comments section below. It’s a long-shot but does anyone reading this in Sheffield know someone who worked at Joseph Rodgers? It would be great to unravel the mystery of this little item…
Listen to: There Are More Questions Than Answers HERE
Listen to: The Carlsberg Special (Piano’s Demolished Phone 021 373 4472) HERE
The above track is often referred to as just “The Carlsberg Special” but the full title is in fact “The Carlsberg Special (Piano’s Demolished Phone 021 373 4472)”. It does make the title of this post a little tenuous but I couldn’t think of another song with a telephone number in the title. It’s a great instrumental track with one of my favourite titles. Enjoy
Listen to: Electricity HERE
Listen to: The Look of Love HERE
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St Paul’s Tower is the tallest building in Sheffield and dominates the city centre. Although not as tall as St Paul’s Tower the highest building in Sheffield is The Arts Tower because it is built on higher ground.
More about St Paul’s Tower HERE
Listen to: The Letter HERE
Listen to: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye HERE