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Thursday, 3 June 2010

The best-laid plans . . .

The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is making plans for new buildings in various cities of he UK. It might be a good idea to get the plans checked over before work starts.

When the current Broadcasting House was built, it was decided that an in-house concert hall with room for an auditorium would be a good idea.  Not a huge hall, but certainly with enough space for chamber orchestras and piano recitals.

Grand pianos need a fair-sized doorway to put them into place. To make sure that the entrance to the concert hall would easily facilitate this, engineers designed a wooden mock-up of a grand piano to be built in the workshop, from where it could be transported into the concert hall.

The mock-up was carefully measured, tweaked and twisted until it was as close to a real piano as possible, a fine example of the carpenter’s art.

The moment came to transfer it to the concert hall.

You’ve guessed it, the mock-up was too large to fit through the doors of the workshop.