Broadcasting from a muddy field!

Ever wondered where the term ‘broadcast’ comes from? Well according to a programme on the Beeb called ‘Victorian Farm‘ (which i’ve been watching!) it has slightly startling rural roots – it seems that it originally referred to a method of sowing seed by hand where the sower casts handfuls in a broad arc across his body as he walks – hence he’s broadcasting! Apparently it was _the_ method sowing seed before the first mechanical seed drills became available.

PS. The Victorian Farm is an interesting and mildly amusing programme in which a group of experimental arciologists dressed up, lived and worked on a ‘Victorian Farm’ for a year – well worth a look if it’s repeated which I’m sure it will be just like all other television these days!

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