G.O.T: Bright sparks


A very unpopular monarch, after he went from being Prince regent, which was during his father’s illness, to his kingship, he didn’t seem to do all that much for Britain. That is, unless you count overspending, landing yourself in a huge amount of debt and then being publicly cruel to your wife, who got you out of financial ruin, as a blessing. Near the end of his rein, after his heavy drinking and food indulgence had made him obese, he became a source of ridicule and hate for his people.  Fortunately, his reign was infused with plenty of bright sparks willing to put some light back into his bleak tyrannical rule. None more fitting for this job was Michael Faraday, who began his experiments with electromagnetism, as well as Robert Peel establishing the Metropolitan Police force to stop people being as naughty as their king. It was also at this time that George Stephenson built the world’s first passenger train, Locomotion no.1 and William Webb Ellis cheated at football, but founded the game of Rugby. The last mention of bright sparks of this age though is for Charles Babbage, who proposed his difference engine, mechanical calculators and the forerunner of modern computers. So if not for him I would probably not be typing right now, so thank you Mr Babbage for allowing me to waffle on as I do. Maybe in his honour, the technology giants, Apple,  could have chosen a different food as an icon for their company, one that mixed up his name, like… ‘Cabbage’. I think ‘Cabbage-Mac’ has a nice ring to it 😉

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