This past week I have been at the Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio in Howth, just outside of Dublin. It is a museum that celebrates collecting, and Pat Herbert has built an incredible collection going back to the very beginnings of radio. I will write a post soon that goes into more detail about the history of radio (I am working on an online exhibit on the subject for the museum), but today I want to talk about the story behind Nipper the HMV dog.
Yesterday afternoon I arrived in Dublin to a bright and sunny day after leaving a rather bleak and dreary morning in Leicester, via the least ever frills, budget airline, Ryanair. The flights are cheap, but be on your toes, because there may be additional fees everywhere you look. Extra baggage fees for all checked luggage, and they will charge you £70 to check you in (its free if you check-in online), and £15 if they need to print your boarding pass for you. But for short haul flights they get you where you need to go. My dad asked whether the passengers need to pedal to keep the plane in the air – no.