Mad, Bad & Dangerous

Tim Barney

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Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: £50 plus 45p per mile within the West Midlands area, negotiable for rest of UK
10th July 2019
Military History | War | Technology | Educational

Yes, I know that’s what they used to say about Lord Byron – but this talk is about military ideas and inventions that turned out to be crazy, or useless, or just downright dangerous – and sometimes all three! A light-hearted look at a sorry saga of incompetence, short-sightedness and wishful thinking, plus a sideways glance at some other inventions that were perfectly serviceable in themselves, but ended up being used in the wrong way, at the wrong time or in the wrong place – and sometimes all three! As we often say about our own governments…how can they get it so WRONG?!

Duration: 70 minutes

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About Tim Barney

I’ve recently retired from a career in the IT industry, and have had a lifelong interest in military history and technology, across many historical eras and parts of the globe. I’ve always wanted to share my passion, and have delivered informal talks on military subjects, for a number of years. Now I’m eager to expand my audience, and share all these amazing stories with those around me.

All my talks are designed for non-specialist audiences and are intended to appeal to men and women from all walks of life: when technical or scientific jargon is included, I always translate this into everyday language. You will notice that most of my talks last a little longer than usual, this is because they include both the full background story, and all those little details that are so important in helping history to ‘come alive’. All the talks are fully illustrated by PowerPoint slides. I have my own laptop and projector, and only require a screen or other projection surface.

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