The past may be another country, but the future seems as mundane as, well, Belgium.
The fact the Tank is probably among the 827,256 blogs directing a spiritless "meh" towards the days ahead right at this very second just goes to show mankind's disillusionment with the forthcoming years of painfully slow economic growth, dwindling resources, and a collapsing planet. All of which must be stomached without so much as a jet pack or Bakelite jumpsuit.
Yes, we have a lot to achieve in the three years before Marty McFly pops up (don't believe the Twitter rumours - he's due in 2015) to mess about on a hovering skateboard and surprise us by revealing someone, somewhere is still publishing sporting almanacs two decades into the internet age.
But never fear, a start has been made.
In news that probably struggles to live up to a four paragraph whimsical build-up (and two of those paragraphs were only a sentence long, don't think it hasn't been noticed - Ed), China has manufactured its first solar-powered electric buses.
Rolling off production lines at the catchily titled Heilongjiang Qiqiar Longhua New Energy Automobile company, the hybrid buses use embedded solar panels to extend the life of their lithium batteries, which account for over a third of the 0.6 to 0.7 kilowatt-hours of electricity used per kilometre.
A great idea, you might think, before crying out: "when, oh when, will the 41 to Tottenham Hale be transformed into a lean, mean, green machine?"
Well, judging by the weather over the past three months, we wouldn't hold out much hope of anything but hydroelectric buses catching on in the UK.
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