Jan, There is nothing I'd love more than to have a traditional pulley. I know that there is also a company near Dundee that still makes them. I think they are much cheaper than the one you saw. Trouble is, I'm not sure where the solid beams in my ceiling are located! I'd hate to bring the plaster down.
Like you,when I saw what these researchers had come up with, i thought "What a surprise!" Have they not heard of TB flourishing in damp housing? Maybe they are not as old as us. By the way, we too had great drying cupboards in our Scottish council house in the 50s and 60s.
Boroughonian, I thought I was looking at tracey emin fairy at first, then thought don't be stupid gel...put me glasses on and realised i think that it's those things for securing objects to plaster board?
Your right Beverly about so called experts coming to the opinion of what we all knew years ago!