What is Meccano?

I was skirting around on the Podcast Ap the other day, sniffing about for a new podcast to discover when one was suggested for me. It was called Too Much Tully, which lead me to believe I had discovered an over-sharer. Over-sharers tend to attract each other.

The episode was called The Fear of Turning 30. Sorry Tuls. but I am pretty sure the algorithm was going on bender that day.

You see in my head I am still 23. Sometimes I will sit down at the dinner table and look around and think to myself “Who the devil are all you people?”

Anyway Tully, wait until you hit your 40’s. THEY ARE THE BEST! Sure, you get health scares and their is a fair chance your fuckwit husband (who you have secretly loathed for a decade and are only together because of the kids) will run off with some foetus from the accounts department. But apart from that, they are the best!

Plus, you can question young people and judge them. Like recently.

Jack is currently enjoying a growth spurt. Check out the size of those shoes.

Anyway, Jack recently got braces. Naturally he chose purple. The Orthodontist was a very pleasant man and took the time to explain the procedure to me.

“So it is basically like a Mecanno set?” I concluded. He nodded his head.


The lovely young othodonist assistant looked al me and asked “What is mecanno?”


Meccano is a model construction system created in 1898 by Frank Hornby in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The system consists of reusable metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles and gears, and plastic parts that are connected using nuts and bolts. It enables the building of working models and mechanical devices.

In 1913, a cheeky American introduced a similar toy and called it ERECTOR.

“Dad, come see my ERECTOR!”

Frank got the shits and eventually bought them out.

I looked at the innocent young lady.

“Darls, what year were you born?”

She was born in 1985, just as I was starting high school. And it was also fair enough that she didn’t know what Meccano was because it had enjoyed its heyday in the 70’s.

Then the Ortho said something to me about “Young people these days…” lumping me in with him. He would have been in his mid-sixties. So I went and paid the bill, wept in the waiting room for an hour and came home.