Jane B (knally) wrote,
Jane B
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Trevithick's Tunnel

Here's an fascinating article about attempts to build a tunnel under the Thames.
I would probably have found it of interest by itself, but it also sheds a bit more light on a local hero from my home town in Cornwall - Richard Trevithick. It strikes me that he was a bit like Charles Babbage who came up with the idea of a computer; the resources of the time were not enough to accomplish his ideas.
Makes you wonder if there are geniuses out there nowadays who look like failures because the facilities to implement their ideas just aren't available at the moment.
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