Say this new rhyme in the box, as last week, and clap the hearts (the pulse), at the same time.
Now try again and this time, clap the words as you say them. You are now clapping the rhythm.
Clap and say this rhythm in the same way, but without the box!
Engine, engine, num-ber nine,
Going down Chi-ca-go line.
If the train goes off the track
Will I get my mon-ey back?
YES, NO, MAY-BE SO!
The Victorians and their inventions…..The first bicycle.
A humble hobbyhorse (no pedals or brakes) inspired the invention of the pedal bicycle. Kirkpatrick Macmillan, the Scottish son of a blacksmith, saw a hobbyhorse being ridden on the road and decided to make his own. He realised it would be improved if he could move without putting his feet on the ground, completing the new machine in 1839. Soon he was riding 14 miles to Dumfries in under an hour. His first longer journey, in 1842, was a 68 mile ride to Glasgow. It took him two days and he was fined five shillings for injuring a small girl who ran across his path.
The penny farthing – a symbol of the late Victorian era – was designed by James Starley in Coventry in 1870, based on an earlier French model. The front wheel was almost six feet high, with the seat above the wheel. Among its other perils, there were no brakes.
Tandem bicycles first came into being in the late nineteenth century. The first publicised “bicycle built for two” was created by Mikael Pederson, a Danish inventor. The bicycle weighed 24 pounds and was coined “the Pedersen bicycle.” He also made a bicycle that accommodated four riders that weighed 64 pounds.
Many of the first tandem bicycles were designed for couples. Women would typically ride in the front seat and the man would be situated in the back and would steer the vessel.
The new ‘tandem bicycle’ was the subject of many of the popular songs of the day, including one called ‘Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do…….’
This was written in 1892 by Harry Dacre, and was said to have been inspired by Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick.
Popular music, such as this would have been heard in the famous Victorian Music Hall Shows. Many of these songs are still known today.
Watch this YouTube clip of Daisy Bell:
Daisy Bell- (Lyrics) AKA Daisy Daisy – Harry Dacre Arr PM Adamson (23/07/2014), and sing the words along with your family.
Another claim to fame is that this song is the earliest song to be sung by a computer! In 1961 the IBM 7094 became the first computer to use speech synthesis, singing Daisy Daisy
This performance was the inspiration for the 1968 film 2001 Space Odyssey, where the computer HAL sings Daisy while he is being powered down at the end of the film.
Also watch the YouTube of Queen performing their song about bicycles.