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A technological wonder!

On today’s show we gloated over the embarrassment suffered by a reporter on the Russian 24-hour news channel, who was doing his best to demonstrate an example of the country’s technological prowess in the guise of a robot.

Boris the dancing, singing robot was demonstrated at a technology forum for school pupils.

As the alleged machine danced on stage, the presenter said: “At the forum there’s the opportunity to see state-of-the-art robots. Boris the Robot has already learned to dance, and not badly at that.” It also spoke using a metallic voice as lights flashed on its face in different colours, saying: “I’m good at maths but now I want to study art and musical composition.”

Unfortunately some journalists present spotted some human-like movements and later spotted via a gap between the bodysuit and the headpiece, glimpses of a human inside the unit and subsequently bloggers uncovered the Robot Show website where a suit, identical to the one shown in the news clip, could be purchased.

Questioned subsequently the TV reporter said he thought it was obvious to everyone that it was a costume as part of a project created for children.

Of course, we all knew that!

Margaret Mills returned in the second hour of today’s show with news of a Chelmsford man, who rejoiced in the name of PHILEMON HOLLAND.

This worthy was a multi-talented individual, who lived in the mid 1500’s. Apart from being a teacher and physician, his main claim to fame is related to his work in translating classic works from Latin into English.

Listen again here to what Margaret told me today about this individual: –

See you next time,

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