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The invention of the windmill

During one game of Call My Bluff I had just finished what I thought was a convincing definition, claiming that a particular word related to the invention of the windmill. Alan shook his head at me and declared: 'Nonsense, Toksvig. Everyone knows that the windmill was invented for the sole purpose of filling up the blank bits in the back of 16th-century Flemish paintings.'


From the Sandi Toksvig in the Telegraph, 28 Sept '07, by way of Windmill World

Those medieval paintings? Just warming up for the main show, of course.

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rhube
Oct. 10th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
LOL - I love Sandi Toksvig.
sioneva
Oct. 10th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Pshaw, medieval paintings - just untrained, inadequate, and inept preparation for the grand (magical) advent of the Renaissance!
sollersuk
Oct. 10th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Of course they were. They were part of the evolution of landscape painting (or, rather, re-evolution: if the Romans had had windmills, landscape painting would never have dropped out)
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