Shrinking the World, in Seven Chapters

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Shrinking the World, in Seven Chapters
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This is the next 'Sevens' theme. To give people a bit more time to plan their entries I'm going to alternate it with another 'Sevens' theme. That means each new challenge in the series will appear at fortnightly, rather than weekly intervals.

The challenge titles will be these. (Imagine you have been asked to provide one or two creative and inspirational illustrations for a series of lectures):

1.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - animal power

(announcement: 27th February)

2.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - Sailing across the oceans - wind power.

(announcement: 13th March)

3.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - steam power.

(announcement: 27th March)

4.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - the Telegraph.

(announcement: 10th April)

5.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - the Internal Combustion Engine.

(announcement: 24th April)

6.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - the Power of Flight.

(announcement: 8th May)

7.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - Communicating at the Speed of Light.

(announcement: 22nd May)

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Here are some ideas for each of those themes.

1.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - animal power

Possibilities include:

- a mule train.

- a caravanserai on the silk road.

- a packhorse bridge.

- a stagecoach or horse-drawn waggon.

- horse mill or

- a jockey.

2.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - Sailing across the oceans - wind power.

This is on sailing across the oceans and how wind power opened up transport around the world. Possibilities include:

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- a tea clipper.

- a replica of a caravel.

- the captain or crew of a square rigger or other historic wind-powered ship.

- docks or dock buildings that pre-date the age of steam.

3.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - steam power.

This is how steam power made possible new ways of transport around the world. Possibilities include:

- stoker or fireman firing a boiler.

- early or late steam locomotives.

- early or late and ships.

- the machinery and engineering of steam technology.

- docks or dock buildings from the age of steam.

- railways and rail buildings.

4.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - the Telegraph.

This is on how the telegraph - the Victorian internet - facilitated international government and commerce. Possibilities include:

- a landscape with telegraph cables.

- telegram or telegraph offices.

- a telegram delivery boy.

- semaphore stations.

- the technology of telegraphs and telegrams.

- operators.

5.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - the Internal Combustion Engine.

This is on how the internal combustion engine replaced wind, steam and animal power. They will be eligible for the next challenge. Possibilities include:

- historic road vehicles.

- historic ships and boats.

- people controlling powered machinery.

- people travelling in powered machinery.

- modern roads and vehicles (but these run the risk of being less interesting to challenge voters).

- modern ships and boats (but these run the risk of being less interesting to challenge voters).

6.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - the Power of Flight.

This is on how powered flight has revolutionised travel and communication around the world. No birds (or other flying creatures), or unpowered aircraft (balloons and gliders) please. Possibilities include:

- Zeppelins or other dirigibles (photoshop is allowed).

- aviators and ground crew.

- airfields and airports.

- historic aircraft in flight or on the ground.

- modern aircraft in flight or on the ground (but these run the risk of being less interesting to challenge voters).

7.

Shrinking the world in seven chapters - Communicating at the Speed of Light.

This is on how mobile phones and the internet can bring people together instantaneously, across oceans and continents. Possibilities include:

- people communicating with modern devices.

- the infrastructure of the internet; phone masts and tech company headquarters and other buildings.

- the technology; phones, tablets, computers, etc.

- rockets launching satellites.

- scientists and engineers developing ‘the next big thing’.

- the next big thing; the technology to come.

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