Great British Inventions
Oct14

Great British Inventions

The British have always been an innovative and inventive nation. Just how inventive may surprise you. In this article we look at just four of the inventions that Britons have made without which, life today would be very different indeed : The Reflecting Telescope; The Passenger Railway; The Tank and Stainless Steel

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The Umbrella – Who invented it  ?
Aug29

The Umbrella – Who invented it ?

The umbrella is an iconic symbol of Britishness and especially useful in our wet and damp climate. However there was a time when they were ridiculed and looked down upon. In this article we look at the origins of this most useful piece of technology.

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Great British Inventions
May20

Great British Inventions

The British have always been an innovative and inventive nation. Just how inventive may surprise you. In this article we look at just four of the inventions that Britons have made without which, life today would be very different indeed : The Telephone; The Steam Engine; The Catseye and The Hypodermic Syringe

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What have the Romans ever done for us?
Apr25

What have the Romans ever done for us?

For Monty Python fans the question “What have the Romans ever done for us ?” will recall the irreverent comedy of the film ‘The Life of Brian’ . There is a serious question behind this frivolous skit. The Roman Empire and the culture it exported was the most advanced the world had ever seen. Indeed after the fall of the Roman Empire it never got back up to the same level, in Western Europe, until many centuries later.

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Who ‘invented’ Skyscrapers
Jan17

Who ‘invented’ Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers are an American invention and for people all over the world skyscrapers stand for America. ‘How dare they build any- thing 102 storeys high?’ demanded visitors in 1930, as the Empire State Building went up in the centre of New York City, one storey a day, using 10 million bricks, having 6,400 windows, and visible 50 miles out to sea.

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Great British Inventions
Jan14

Great British Inventions

The British have always been an innovative and inventive nation. Just how inventive may surprise you. In this article we look at just four of the inventions that Britons have made without which, life today would be very different indeed : The Marine Chronometer; Hip replacements; The Electric Motor and Waterproof Materials

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The Incredible Typewriter
Nov22

The Incredible Typewriter

The typewriter today is falling into disuse but not so long ago this incredible machine was the mainstay of business. It legacy is with us today in modern computers.

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Going Underground – The Story of the London Tube
Oct01

Going Underground – The Story of the London Tube

The London Underground, or Tube as it is known in Britain, was the first of its’ kind in the world. Thanks to this seminal invention modern cities can sustain and transport millions of people everyday far and beyond what their ‘natural’ capacity would ever have been with out it.

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Great British Inventions
Sep24

Great British Inventions

The British have always been an innovative and inventive nation. Just how inventive may surprise you. In this article we look at just four of the inventions that Britons have made without which, life today would be very different indeed : The Electronic Computer; The ATM; The Web and Television

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The Railway – Not just for Choo Choos
Sep03

The Railway – Not just for Choo Choos

If you thought that the railway was invented along with the steam locomotive then you’d be wrong. Railways existed long before steam, long before even the birth of Christ.

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How does Recycling Work ?
Aug13

How does Recycling Work ?

There is an ever growing collective awareness of the consequences of the damage that mankind is doing to mother Earth as a consequence of our mass consumer, throw away lifestyles. Consequently more and more people are getting into recycling. But what happens to it AFTER we place it in the recycling bins ? Where and how is it recycled ?

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How did people tell the time & keep appointments before clocks were invented ?
Aug06

How did people tell the time & keep appointments before clocks were invented ?

It’s almost incomprehensible to the modern mind not to know the time and the date. Our world would cease to function in the way it does. So let’s imagine then an average man during the Dark Ages, in say in the 9th century. After a hard days work he decides to meet a friend for a drink. Was there an awkward pause after. ‘Okay, why don’t I meet you at my place at… ?’ …so how dis the world function before clocks ?

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The Invention of Money – A Short History
Jul30

The Invention of Money – A Short History

From prostitution to dealing on the stock exchange, trading has been around for tens of thousands of years. But when did mankind move from a barter system to exchanging goods for bits of metal and paper ?

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Rubber
Jul26

Rubber

Rubber is a unique a wonderous material. However processing the raw latex into a durable and useful form proved very difficult. Charles Goodyear was a man obsessed with it. Here’s an account of his struggle.

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Radio Ga Ga
Jul16

Radio Ga Ga

We take radio and television signals for granted now. But if you really think about it radio waves really are a strange phenominon … invisibly beaming sound from one point to another through and around solid objects !

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