Monday, September 22, 2008

Giddy up

If you've ever made use of the 'public facilities' located just outside the council chambers at Bellingen, then you've probably noticed this oversized coffee grinder out the front.

It really wasn't all that long ago that horses were doing basically what they'd done for thousands of years. And now electricity and petrol engines have changed everything - forever.

It all happened so quickly. Although there are still many places in the world where this would be considered 'grinding edge technology', it's not so in Australia anymore. Goodness, even Bellingen has running water and phone lines!

I've gotta say, though, basic machinery like this, for all its inefficiencies, would have been very unlikely to go on strike. I don't even imagine a total township blackout would have slowed it down, nor the increase in the price of petrol.

Good old horse power! Maybe if the price of petrol continues to rise this ancient beauty might one day be brought back to life ...

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