Old white man of the day

How many times has Julie Anne Genter lifted all the carpets from the floor of her Auckland home, carried them outside, hung them over a line, and enjoyed the lovely exercise of beating the dust from her carpets and rugs with her wicker carpet beater?

The number of times that has occurred is probably equal to the number of times Ms Genter has cycled between her electorate and Parliamentary offices.

Imagine how shamed Ms Genter must feel to open her cupboard and extract the vacuum cleaner, clad in greenhouse gas producing hydrocarbon based plastic, connect the greenhouse gas producing hydrocarbon based flexible hose and greenhouse gas producing hydrocarbon based cleaner head?? As she connects the greenhouse gas producing hydrocarbon based power cord to the greenhouse gas producing hydrocarbon based socket on the wall, does she reflect on the fact that the electricity she is about to use could be put to better use charging a Tesla somewhere else on the grid? Quote:

Hubert Cecil Booth (1871 – 1955) was a British engineer and inventor of the first powered vacuum cleaner among other things.

Between 1884 and 1898 Booth designed Ferris wheels for amusement parks in London, Blackpool, Paris, and Vienna that had diameters from 83m to 92m. In 1899, he designed a steel factory in Belgium. A year later he opened a consulting practice in London.

In 1901, he was present at a demonstration of (in his words) ?an American machine? at the Empire Music Hall in London. This device was intended for cleaning of railway cars and consisted of an air pump that pumped the air out and blew the dust which worked for that time but didn?t get rid of the dust. This didn?t satisfy Booth, and he thought that a better solution should exist. He thought that if a filter is placed before the pump and air reversed, to enter the machine instead to exit it, a machine that could do a much efficient job could be built. So he decided to try an experiment: he laid a handkerchief on the seat of a restaurant chair, placed his lips on the handkerchief and sucked the air. When he saw how much dust had gathered on the handkerchief, he knew that his idea is feasible. What other patrons of the restaurant though of this performance – history doesn?t say.

Booth built a machine powered by an internal combustion engine. It used piston pump to draw air through flexible pipes and a filter made of cloth. It was a big machine, and it had to be drawn by horses. It stayed outside the building that it cleaned, and pipes were protruded through the windows to enter the rooms. People called it “Puffing Billy.” His next vacuum cleaner was electric-powered, but it was still big to enter the buildings. In the next few decades, Booth founded British Vacuum Cleaner Company (BVCC) which offered cleaning services and whose Chairman and Managing Director he was. They had bright red vans which held vacuum cleaners (a term first invented by the company that marketed Booth?s machines) and operated by uniformed operators. As big as they were these vacuum cleaners were predecessors of those that we use today and which work on the same principle.[…]? End of quote.