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the future intrusion into the present

I woke this morning from a dream about taking a goose sled to the Southbank. Goose sleds are drawn by a team of geese and are good for bogs, flood meadows and waters of uncertain depth. The huge blocky concrete buildings were edged with seasonal pontoons covered with usual scatter of tourists, culture, street food and strollers amid the coloured lights and streamers. There was a festival on, as ever; the dominant colours were blue, grey, white, like the sky over an off season beach. I wore a coat with padded forearms and a hat with dangling tassels; the tassels gave the geese something to play with while I was adjusting their harnesses, and the padded forearms meant they could bite me to their heart's content and I would not care.

I woke thinking but that's insane, you would never be able to travel against the water flow but I do wonder if anyone has ever tried to put this to the test.

E.T.A. Yes, Oxford is under water again.


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10th Feb, 2014 10:58 (UTC)
It is not insane since you can herd geese you can probably get them to pull in the same direction (you would know better than I). You would have to keep the drag of the sled/raft down and you would need a lot of geese but that just details.
I would recommend large geese... or possibly hadrosaurs. Everyone knows dinosaurs make the best draft animals.
10th Feb, 2014 20:42 (UTC)
if I can't get any hadrosaurs...
So long as you had a gander and two lieutenants (senior females) and they were pretty convinced food was to be had, the rest should fall in line, with a bit of grumbling (there is always grumbling).

Also: http://dinosaurs.about.com/od/prehistoricbirds/p/bullockornis.htm
10th Feb, 2014 12:57 (UTC)

"On 23 Sept. Barry, a clown at Astley’s, fulfilled his promise of sailing in a washing-tub drawn by geese, from Vauxhall to Westminster. He successfully accomplished his voyage, and repeated it on Oct. 11, from the Red House, Battersea (where now is Battersea Park), to Vauxhall."

Edited at 2014-02-10 12:59 (UTC)
10th Feb, 2014 18:31 (UTC)
10th Feb, 2014 20:44 (UTC)
next stop the patent office
OK, now I have a solid engineering case AND historic precedent.
10th Feb, 2014 22:43 (UTC)
Re: next stop the patent office
Admittedly both routes appear to have been downriver. I remain unconvinced of the feasibility of geese-drawn transport.
11th Feb, 2014 07:22 (UTC)
Re: next stop the patent office
The harness looks a bit vestigial, certainly. Less drawn by geese and more with some geese drawn near it. You'd need something more like a small dog harness.
11th Feb, 2014 09:21 (UTC)
Re: next stop the patent office
There is your patent. Prior art would prevent patenting the basic concept but a goose harness that's genuine innovation.
11th Feb, 2014 09:54 (UTC)
also it's not a train harness, it's for walking
Alas the fowl harness is a well known item (though usually put to er, more foul purposes) http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/107302553/2-strap-style-walking-harness-for-pet?ref=shop_home_active_5

Add a ruffle and the butterfly wings are new to me however

11th Feb, 2014 22:55 (UTC)
Re: next stop the patent office
I don't understand how you two haven't come up with some idea to make your fortunes yet.
12th Feb, 2014 09:07 (UTC)
Re: next stop the patent office
12th Feb, 2014 09:21 (UTC)
11th Feb, 2014 20:19 (UTC)
How did I know nothing about this? In my manor!
12th Feb, 2014 07:36 (UTC)
Why isn't he a national hero? Why isn't 23rd September Barry Day?
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