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Merle Currie

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Imagine taking a tour of some fascinating places around the UK with a pair of geniuses. Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull became overnight internet sensations following their appearance on boffin quiz show University Challenge. Now, they want to take you on a roadtrip with a difference. Feeding their insatiable appetite for knowledge, they’re in search of hidden gems of British scientific and technological ingenuity.
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Monkman and Seagull’s genius road trip concludes with a tour of some of Scotland’s most enigmatic scientific achievements. Their journey begins in Edinburgh at the birthplace of a little-known scientist who changed the face of history and ends at gigantic power station buried deep within a Highland mountain. First stop for Monkman and Seagull is the Edinburgh birthplace of one of their childhood heroes; ‘Scotland’s Unknown Einstein’ James Clerk Maxwell.
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In Northern Ireland, they begin with an encounter with a piece of aviation history that has saved thousands of lives – the ejector seat, designed in Northern Ireland - and end in Belfast on the deck of ‘Titanic’s Little Sister’, with a host of inquisitive encounters along the way. Heading west, there is a must-see for anyone with an interest in the cosmos: The Armagh Observatory. Finally, Monkman and Seagull meet one of the most iconic cars ever to be built in Northern Ireland - the DeLorean.
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Monkman and Seagull’s "genius guide” through England showcases begins with a trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach to experience Sir Hiram Maxim’s 1904 ‘Captive Flying Machines’. Next, they visit Southport, a British seaside haven before moving off the beaten track to Emley Tower in Huddersfield, a colossal broadcasting mast that is one of the tallest freestanding structures in the UK. They approach the culmination of their adventure – the giant telescopes of the mysterious Jodrell Bank Observatory..
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