A call from Mr Bell

In the immortal words of Alexander Graham Bell – ‘Mr Watson – come here – I want to see you.’

Continuing his experiments in Brantford, says Wikipedia, “Bell brought home a working model of his telephone. On August 3, 1876, from the telegraph office in Mount Pleasant five miles (eight km) away from Brantford, Bell sent a tentative telegram indicating that he was ready. With curious onlookers packed into the office as witnesses, faint voices were heard replying. The following night, he amazed guests as well as his family when a message was received at the Bell home from Brantford, four miles (six km) distant, along an improvised wire strung up along telegraph lines and fences, and laid through a tunnel. This time, guests at the household distinctly heard people in Brantford reading and singing. These experiments clearly proved that the telephone could work over long distances.”

Brantford, for those of my friends who are not Canadian, is a town in Ontario, not far from here. And Bell’s telephone call is a fitting analogy (being also quaint and historical) for my use of this new-fangled blog, to speak to – millions? well, to one or two of you, at least…

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