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Two thoughts for the future

Do you know what I'm trying to buy? It's a simple bedside clock. But . . . I don't want all the electrical spaghetti to plug it into the mains.

And I don't want it to use batteries. Batteries are bad for us. Who says? Well, they say, don't they? I agree. What's the point of making a clock go by electrical power when for hundreds of years they were driven by . . . yes, clockwork!

So, can I buy a clockwork bedside clock, with luminous hands? No. Of course not. Everything is now battery driven. What's the point. Give us back our clockwork clocks. We've got clockwork radios and torches, why not clocks? I think Trevor Bayliss's invention is fantastic (I met him once. Nice bloke). Why don't we have wind-up laptops? Or wind-up mobile phones? Or wind-up TVs, iPods, personal stereo players, shavers (both male and female), shredders, toothbrushes . . .

Think of all the electrical power these things use in a day. Multiply that by 365 days a year and there's no wonder we have to continue to use power stations.

A device could be created which would be like an exercise machine. Only when you pedal it, the machine creates electricity. If your kids are fat and idle with too much TV, make them pedal for the power. It will do them good . . . and cut your electricity bill too.

So, let's have a protest. Let's pester for these electrical devices to be changed to clockwork.

As long as my new bedside clockwork clock - with luminous hands - doesn't tick!

And another thing for the future. You know how everyone has a mobile phone? Most of them are unused for a major part of the day, aren't they? Just a thingie to use as the equivalent of a comfort blanket. People seem to be so attached to their phones that they've become part of their personality.

My idea is that we do away with mobile phones (see the battery argument above) and install phones on street corners, in pubs, railway stations and bus stations, so that the phone can be used by anyone. It could be really really cheap too. A two-pence piece would be enough. To make them recognisable, we could have them in boxes and . . . . yes, let's paint them red.


Progress? Doesn't seem to work very well sometimes, does it?


Mike Wilson