DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - Jane War­wick

At a party re­cently a friend did a truly im­pres­sive, one­legged, arms-a-flap­ping, slide across the pol­ished floor that ended with a bump as his foot hit the lip of the step in through the french doors, a thump as he spread­ea­gled on the pa­tio bricks and a few words I can’t print here, even though we’re all grownups. All it took was just one Lego brick. “And that,” said an­other friend, “is why I be­came an en­gi­neer.” We cal­lously turned our backs on the in­jured and stared in­stead at Tim. “And..?” we de­manded. “Well, Nanna bought a huge box of Lego from a church fair and I used to play and play with it. I loved it. And then one day I saw a pro­gramme on TV about the re­con­struc­tion of a stone bridge and they were restor­ing it bit by bit, brick by brick. I could do that, I thought. It’s just like Lego. When they fin­ished the bridge the peo­ple were so happy be­cause they could cross the river so eas­ily on it. I thought I would like to build a bridge to make peo­ple happy like that so now I de­sign bridges, although mostly out of steel.”

I looked at that brick. Lego re­port­edly has churned out more than 600 bil­lion of them since the late 1940’s, around 80 each for ev­ery­one on Earth. Tim’s bridges may be im­pres­sive but how about Ole Kirk Chris­tiansen, who en­gi­neered and man­u­fac­tured that first in­ter­link­ing block? Which just goes to show; don’t think it’s al­ways go­ing to be the big jobs that bring you ku­dos. You just never know where the lit­tle jobs might lead and it could well be to some­thing big­ger than you ever imag­ined.

P.S. It took four stitches to re­pair that chin. Lego 1 – Rob­bie 0.

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