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The piece below was first on the GPSS homepage during 1st April '98. It has had minor updates over the years :
These Spaghetti trees, very rare outside Italy, cannot be grown from cuttings or the fruit - many have tried planting spaghetti, but with disappointing results. We've also tried tagliatelle, but that also did not grow. This particular variety is "Spaghetti Monstera Grande" - known to some seasoned gardeners as "Big Whopper".
Click on June to enlarge the photo.
You can see the original BBC TV broadcast about the 1957 bumper italian
spaghetti harvest if you click
or the first youtube video below. After that are videos of Robin's early robot boats,
built for Snoopy to cross the Atlantic, from UK to USA. Yes, that was Robin who saved that antelope :-)
Here are a few of my favourite quotes and cartoons.
"If you hate back seat drivers, you'll really hate this..." - Alistair Stewart, Carlton
(introduction to one of three Television broadcasts in London Motor Show week)
"I'd rather know where the next eating place is .."
- from an original design concept of Robin's friend Ted :-)
Any ideas for this one ?
"It's like having a little friend in the car with you" - Steve, a friend of the family.
".. The system should be designed so that it does not unduly distract the driver,
nor give rise to potentially dangerous driving behaviour by the driver or other
- extract from "Code of Practise" for In-Vehicle Information Systems.