Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 1: The Trial of Qwerty : Fry's English Delight

  • by Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by Stephen Fry
  • Series: Fry's English Delight
  • 0 hrs and 28 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

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The ‘Qwerty’ keyboard faces charges of conspiracy to obstruct the English language. But who was Mr. Qwerty? This is the hilarious first of episode in Season 3 of Stephen Fry's critically acclaimed Fry's English Delight.
Stephen Fry is a celebrated British actor, novelist, journalist, presenter, intellectual and wit. He has produced four novels and two volumes of autobiography, and has written for radio shows and TV. His TV credits include "Jeeves and Wooster" and "Blackadder, " and he hosted the BBC TV series "QI."

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More Crumbs from the Table of the Master... Pt1

Take a look at your keyboard. It is highly likely it is a QWERTY model & that that is what you have grown used to over years & years.
But did you know it could be different? That there are many other varieties of Keyboard that are better & many other types of technology light-years ahead of it?

This is the fascinating thing about this segment. Set up as a trial of the QWERTY format, it introduces the listener to all sorts of devices that have 'better ergonomics & greatly reduced key travel'.

Most interestingly there is the DVORAK keyboard, which is shown to have a totally different typing rhythm to QWERTY, but there are also greater evolutions, such as `Optimus Maximus' & `Stenographs' (which can achieve 180 words a minute - the speed of speech).

And these snippets are just the tip of the iceberg of a fascinating section.

P.S. See 'Fry's English Delight - Series 3' if you want to see the review of the full product.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios