Friday, February 24, 2012

That soft lost near and distant voice

Today we visited WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Espoo, where there are a lot of interesting museums. We saw toys from different periods, objects from all over the world, and old clocks.

Speaking of clocks, they seem to be a lost art, as almost everyone has a cell phone. Or is there a role for a clock in the world of today?

Well, maybe there is one transient use: those who fly frequently don't love the "Please switch off all your electronic devices" announcement. If you want to know the time during such a time, a clock helps, and you don't need to switch it off even though it may be electronic.

Some of the clocks we saw were rather remarkable, having up to seven different hands: seconds, minutes, hours, weekdays, day of the month, month, and phase of the moon. High techology in the old times.

(Posting title is from the poem In the Museum at Teheran by James Laughlin.)

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