Give a dog a bone?

P1000491-002Yes definitely, if it leads to this amazing Featherstone Kite Flying Machine currently on display at Brighton Museum. 

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Made by Emett, the man who created Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, here we have another of his magical inventions.  P1000505 A cheese grater robot, swirling cups, an egg frying machine, tennis bats, shuttlecocks are all part of this endearing flying machine under a pretty pink parasol.

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This machine is set into motion by waving a hand over a control and reminds us all of the best bits of childhood.P1000512

Please note that Brighton Museum now charges for admission however entry is free to Brighton Residents although proof of address is required.

‘Give a dog a bone’ reminds  me of the old number game bet not many of you remember that!

This old man, he played one,
He played knick-knack on my thumb;
With a knick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home… etc.

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2 Responses to Give a dog a bone?

  1. Thanks for these pictures and yes, I’m old enough to remember – hmmm, wonder if paddywhack represented anti-Irish sentiments. I bet it did.


    • ann perrin says:

      Yes you must go it’s brilliant and you will be glad to know it isn’t an anti Irish song!
      The song was originally Welsh.
      Paddy wack is a strong elastic ligament in the midline of the neck of sheep or cattle which relieves the animal of the weight of its head.
      In popular culture and referred to in the children’s nursery rhyme ‘This Old Man’ is a reference to the fact that the old man is playing the bones; sheep bones. Good old Wikki!


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