Perhaps aware of the growing ignorance of bygone times and their impedimenta amongst those under 80 [see for example Sydling St Nicholas Sun Reader's Letters 2 April 2019: "What is a Posser and might my husband be one?"] the Threadbone Press has taken the boldest of steps.
Times are hard and not, some would argue, propitious for the publishing industry which only last year saw profits fall from c$2billion worldwide in 2017 to £2.10s.3p in Chetnole alone. So hats off to the Threadbone Press which, against this unpromising background, has launched the Professor's Guides - an ambitious series of books designed to bring the modern day "streetwise" youth up to date with the oldest imaginable [1950s] technology.
So will those with insufficient sense to take out their ear buds before before cycling obliviously into dense urban traffic learn anything from these guides.
Threadbone Press Series Editor - Ceres Editour - thinks so. "I think so", she said. "I don't know for certain, but all our research and market testing suggests that either they will or they won't... So yes, I think so". Affpuddle University's Regius Professor of Antiquated Technology Professor Oldhat - who began life as plain Dr Oldhat [University Lecturer in Modern Technology] and failed ever to update his lecture notes - is less equivocal. "As I have been telling my students for more years than I care to [or can] remember, the old methods are still the best and old technology - which was simple and serviceable provided one had a soldering iron and access to the Cossor valve-range - remains viable to this day". Referring to a folder full of faded browning paper, he added, "These lecture notes are still as relevant today as they were when I first wrote them. Times may change, students come and go, but these thoughts - including how to repair a Bush D16-T - need no updating. You still have to undo the 35 underside screws, decouple the resistors and hard-wire the capacitance unit just as you always did. Either that or send for the repair man."
The Professor's Guides Volume 1 is available from Threadstones, the orinoco store and all good bookshops. It may be followed by others in the series "depending on take up".
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