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January 5th, 2007

Hijinks Ensue

The Secret Life of Machines

The Secret Life of Machines with Tim Hunkin and Rex Garrod was one of my favourite TV programmes as a child. They're a series of documentaries that explain how many everyday objects work in a fun and easy to understand way. Unfortunately they haven't been repeated for many years, they've never been released on DVD, and they're virtually impossible to get hold of on VHS. It seems that somebody has decided to do something about this by posting the full series on Google Video!

I was a bit concerned about the possible copyright violation, so I checked Tim Hunkin's web site to see if he had anything to say about it and if he had any news about an official DVD release yet. From what he says on there, it appears that he endorses the provision of free copies of the programmes on the net. Brilliant news! If you know any inquisitive kids of any age who like to take things apart and figure out how they work, point them at these programmes immediately and they'll love you forever (or at least until they've watched them all and decide to try dismantling the family car).