chairs in Post Offices
sinks you can wash up at
bright lighting in exhibitions
unified Ireland – and Korea
slow dating (We could call it – courtship.)
cafés in supermarkets and cinemas
Barbara Cartland’s wartime wedding dress swap scheme
Nurses’ bursaries, and nurses’ hostels onsite
single-sex toilets and changing rooms
the Sinclair C5 – and let them use bike lanes
the horse and cart
electric milk floats
Victorian drinking fountains
Aircon and fly screens for British homes. Plus we should copy the American habit of building cottages on the flat roofs of tall buildings.
External window shutters for regulating heat
Teaching children practical skills: sewing, cooking, carpentry, reading.
Mezzanines – so cool in the 60s and 70s. And rooms with different floor levels.
Theatre and concert intervals – and more of them.
Businesses and venues give away fans printed with advertising.
Monastic agriculture: dovecotes, rabbit warrens, fish ponds.
Aristocratic animal husbandry: Shoot your own in our deer park! Bow and arrows provided.
Boutique cinemas showing old movies and foreign movies.
Tables and chairs in cafés of the right height to work at and eat off.
Music for schools radio programmes. Or how about a TV programme?
Cafés where you can sit down, especially at railway stations. You are meant to take your lunch away in a paper bag, and sit and eat it on a bench – nowhere to put anything down, and you have to juggle coffee in a "sippy cup". Shelves with high stools are not disabled friendly, neither is the lack of tables.
Smaller cars, like what we used to have, suggests @caoimhinof.
World War Two-style poster campaigns (TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME, SPIT GUM IN BIN)
A button that would switch between Radio 3 and Radio 4 (or stations of your choice). On modern radios it’s far to fiddly to change stations. I couldn’t possibly do that in the middle of the night when half asleep. If there was just a wheel you could turn...
Repurpose convents and monasteries. Co-living, with communal meals and shared kitchens. Warm rooms. Hall for lectures, concerts, craft sessions, exercise classes. Chapels for various religions. Garden. Home-grown vegetables. (This plan is mixed, but some could be single-sex if desired.)
Convents could supply all the single-sex services that are being obliterated by misbegotten modern ideas: women's refuges, spas, hostels, hotels, swimming pools, even toilets.
Radiators that turn on and off (and up and down) individually so that the heating is not either ON or OFF, or HOT/COLD.
TV programmes in bish-bash-bosh style: here's a building, and here's the person who knows about it, and here's why it's interesting. And here's the next one. No "trailer for itself". No mash-up of "great moments". No pointless interviews with people with nothing to say (or who are reciting a script). No "clever editing", just two people talking to each other.