Mad, Bad & Dangerous

Tim Barney

Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: £50 plus 45p per mile over 25 miles from Evesham, negotiable for other UK regions
26th August 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: 90 or 100 minutes, plus a short mid-point interval

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About Tim Barney

Having retired from a career in the IT industry, I now have the opportunity to pursue my lifelong interest in military history and technology. Like any enthusiast, I’ve always wanted to share my passion with those around me, and have given informal lectures on military subjects, for a number of years: so I suppose I must be one of those strange people who actually enjoys public speaking! Now I’m eager to present my talks to a wider audience, and share all these amazing narratives with local clubs and societies

All my talks are designed for non-specialist audiences and are intended to appeal to men and women from every walk of life: when technical or scientific jargon is included, I always translate this into everyday language. You will notice that my talks last a little longer than usual. I believe that to tell the full story, the speaker needs to place the subject in context, by including all those essential details that are so important in helping history to 'come alive' – so my talks are about how things worked, as well as what they were used for. If you are interested in a particular talk, and would like to discuss other timescales to suit your programme, or require more information, then please do contact me.

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