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Mean Mr Mustard



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:39 pm    Post subject: Museum of the Oil Age Reply with quote

Opening in about 100 years.

What particular exhibits would you like future generations to see?

Featuring displays and special exhibitions too.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hummer.
Jumbo Jet.
Concorde.
Model T Ford
Scenes of burning wells from the first gulf war.
The front page of the Observer showing a fried corpse in the same war.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some good ideas there. 747 was obvious -

You can sit in the seats, and be served a drink by a 'hostess', after she has shown you the emergency procedures. We have another actor dressed in 1980s corporate worker costume who will loudly complain about the food and two hour delay to his flight. Did you know that back then you could really get to the other side of the world on an average week’s wage?

I think make that two Hummers - one the miltary variant, and the other this -



I'll be applying for the Aviation / Military Curator's job.

I'd like to add a B-52 to the Aviation hall, and also on my list, a Japanese Zero and a Stuka to represent the Axis land grabs for oil. And one of these monsters to represent what happens to once mighty armies when oil and coal are in desperately short supply.



Thing is, at the time, the historical significance of the stuff all around us is rarely appreciated, and is so easily lost. WW2 aircraft are a case in point, many important ones no longer exist.

As for seizing this moment, maybe a Consumer Society hall? With exhibitions entitled They thought it would last forever. Ot at least 40 years...
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A fully functioning McDonalds... along with boy racers in the car park.. who've driven 10 miles to get a burger and chucking rubbish out of their windows about 6.7 miles away from the McDonalds ( a standard McMile...)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And from America:

Detroit.

The interstate highway system.

Suburbia.

(How big is your museum? Oh just put the whole planet in - that might be the only way to look after it.)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Animatronic waxworks of Clarkson, May and Hammond slagging off hybrid cars and people who care about the environment.

A photographic exhibition of 'then' and 'now' shots of out of town retail 'parks'.

Old aerial video of rush hour traffic in a any city/whole of the South East.

A map showing the food miles/journeys of various products.

A snazzy globe which starts with Kuwait and continues through time, lighting up all the areas of the world where there has been armed conflict that has been oil related.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oil related conflict predates Kuwait. Pearl Harbor was a response to a US embargo on the oil-dependent Japanese military, clearing their way to occupy Malaya. Stalingrad was ultimately about control of the Caucasus oil region (Baku).

The really interesting thing to note is that WW2 was fought at a time when oil extraction was a tenth of what it is today - and most of that oil was American.

Like the idea of the rush hour and the Top Gear stuff. Rolling Eyes I think I'd divide that between the Motoring and Culture halls. I think we'd have to settle for transcripts and quotes Twisted Evil rather than anything electo-mechanical. Though illiteracy rates of visitors may be higher in future.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

postie wrote:
A fully functioning McDonalds... along with boy racers in the car park.. who've driven 10 miles to get a burger and chucking rubbish out of their windows about 6.7 miles away from the McDonalds ( a standard McMile...)


There - you nailed it, Postie. The cultural mainstream, which is seen as trash by the current elite, but should actually be preserved as historically significant. But do you think 'fast food' could ever be produced on a local scale?

Da 'Joyriding' Yoof will be in the Culture Hall, innit. There will be a young actor, decked out in Burberry, regularly chucking an authentic empty 2005 Coke can from his 1993 Vauxhall Nova while blasting his 'tunes' form the stereo, interacting with the visitors in the patois of the early 2000's period. The car will only be driven on special driving days. (Extra £3000 on the usual £9000 admission)

The Culture curator is still looking for any recordings of the long lost series 'Pimp My Ride'. Visitors are asked to contact any staff if they know where to find this rumoured series.

I was thinking of serving visitors airline food in the (static) B747, but the plastic trays, wrapping and foil might be hard to get hold of 100 years from now. The meals will be good value, priced at around £6000 each.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A combine harvester!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking as one who has threshed wheat by hand, I think combine harvesters will be the very last piece of DODGY that gets abandoned.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandidoz wrote:
A combine harvester!


Oi got a Brand New One...!


It is believed that this West Country novelty act enjoyed moderate success throughout the whole of 1976. Little is known of them.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plastic model DODGY(s) to show polymers were used for 'toys' user assembled with solvents now banned by international treaty.

Disposable razor, yes this complicated item was thrown away often after one use Shocked See the construction methods make recycling difficult.

Saturn V rocket to show we could get into proper space in the 20th century.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A copy of "The Party's Over", along with a placard explaining how the world refused to heed the warnings due to the author not having a scientific background, as well as a picture of him playing a viola, smoking a spliff, with a parrot on his shoulder Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Saturn V will have to be a replica using lots of papier mache, unless the American barter one of their exhibits for food or other essentials. A lunar module would be worth having too, this could be made from packing crates and foil.

The Warnings exhbition will feature selected readings from various books, all of which are very rare. Apparently there were specialist oil websites too, before the Internet Collapse. No records exist. Many faded into obscurity pre-collapse, as the crisis took hold. It is believed that there was little time and less inclination to debate an obvious crisis, in the same way that the forgotten debates and early warnings of WW2 steadily gave way to likely outcome then actual fact.

We are also planning a presentation on the life and times of President Heinberg.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The museum restoration team are looking to complete research on a HGV in the colours of a bottled water company. The colour scheme is currently speculative, as it seems many of these lorries adopted anonymous markings. This followed the backlash against transporting of plastic bottles of water by road to people who already had a water supply.

Naive spelt backwards...? Cool
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