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Freelance consultant, learning facilitator, and writer, founder of extreme-inventing.com, ooleee.net (with artist Gary King), knowledgecafe0151. Teach technology entrepreneurship at School of Engineering at University of Liverpool, UK. I have a longstanding and avid interest in Technology as a unique human phenomenon. I'm actively engaged in research on how enterprising individuals shape material culture through inventing and innovating, with palaeoanthropologists at the Dept. of Archaeology, Egyptology and Classics, also at University of Liverpool.

Object Abuse

As the home of ‘make do and mend’, recycling and just plain acceptance of the odd idea (and individual), the allotment can be seen as fertile ground for the extreme inventor.

If we take as the precept of intentionally ‘abusing an object’ for a non-designed function, then here listed are some everyday examples put into action. Almost all are familiar with plastic ‘water-bottle’ greenhouses, compact-discs as bird deterrents, water-pipe and net cloches, and pallet sided compost bins. So here are a couple of less obvious examples.

Pea Maiden.

In this photo you can see by adding chicken wire to an old clothes maiden peas are able to grow better than on hazel or beech twigs (traditional method). The pea pods are easily picked from both sides and easy to protect. It is also reusable year on year where canes and twigs have limited useful lifespan. An alternative is the use of wire fencing panels for runner beans.

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