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  1. Cricket — 2020-08-26 21:18:47
    …ue, and many theories have been put forward suggesting its origins. The most likely fore runner is Stoolball that dates back to the 1400s, but it is without doubt, very English. == Beginnings == The first evidence of cricket being played was r…
  2. Bungee Jumping — 2020-08-17 13:17:46
    …e="First Bungee jump 1979" width="250" }} ::cr:: == Tribal Beginnings == David Attenborough and a BBC film crew brought back footage of the "land divers" of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, young men who jumped from tall wooden platforms with vines…
  3. Vacuum cleaner — 2020-08-15 09:16:01
    … His Majesty. Booth's next successful demonstration of the mobile cleaner was held at the '''Royal Mint'''. On the way back to headquarters a Police van stopped them and insisted on escorting them back to the mint. They had inadvertently sucke…
  4. LCD — 2020-08-15 08:31:22
    … field-effect and did not require the presence of impurities, and George focused on finding new materials for this. == Background == The liquid crystal materials known then had to be heated to 70ºC or more, usually decomposed in a few minutes…
  5. Electronic Computer — 2020-08-14 21:59:12
    …tioning **electronic** computer. {{Image url="Lorenz-sz40.jpg" class="left" title="Lorenz sz40" width="" }} == Humble Background == Flowers was born in [[London]], [[England]] the son of a **bricklayer**. He started his apprenticeship as a m…
  6. Carbonated water — 2020-08-07 08:13:42
    … to simplify carbonation through the application of two common compounds – sodium bicarbonate and tartaric acid. == Back to Blighty == After his initial success in Switzerland, Schweppe moved his company to [[England]] in **1792** where he …
  7. Hovercraft — 2020-08-06 08:05:57
    …= Christopher Cockerell's idea was not a new one. Many men had tried to make a working 'glidable' craft but commercial backing held them back. Cockerell's design was the first to build a vehicle that could move over the ground and water, float…
    …Margaret were able to purchase a small boatyard in Norfolk. This never seemed to make money and Cockerell's mind turned back to earlier ideas. He decided to use larger models on water. Initial experiments convinced Cockerell that boats could be…
    …t up a company, Ripplecraft, to develop his ideas further and in 1955 he eventually convinced the Ministry of Supply to back his project. He had a hard time trying to convince the military: the Admiralty said it was a plane not a boat; the RAF …
  8. Greenwich Meridian — 2020-08-06 08:03:21
    … hour. So if you travelled 15° eastward, the local time moves one hour ahead and travelling West, the local time moves back one hour. == John Flamsteed 1675 == {{Databox Image="John_Flamsteed.jpg" Who="John Flamsteed" width="300" birth_date…
  9. Christmas Traditions — 2019-12-27 02:21:30
    …toe.jpg" width="200" title="Mistletoe" }}||'''Holly''', '''ivy''' and '''mistletoe''' are associated with rituals going back beyond the Dark Ages. The custom of kissing beneath a sprig of mistletoe is derived from an ancient pagan [[tradition]]…
    …= Christmas Pudding == ||{{Image url="Xmaspudding.jpg" title="Christmas Pud" width="200" }}||This pudding can be traced back to the 14th century but has changed along the way. Now it is a very rich steamed pudding crammed with fruit a hint of B…
    …ie may be family sized. Filled with a sweet mince filling of fruit, raisins currants and spices. Origins can be traced back to Medieval times where the explanation for the word ''meat'' is found, in Old English meat or mete, referred to any fo…
  10. Underground Railway — 2019-10-23 19:35:16
    … financed by the City of London, which was suffering from horse-drawn traffic congestion and pollution that was holding back business. The idea of an underground system was thought up by the London City solicitor, **Charles Pearson**. {{Image …
  11. Cowboy — 2019-07-30 14:48:13
    …adoes as //cowboys//. {{Image url="Cowboy_England.jpg" class="left" title="Cowboy in Britain" width="" }} References go back to around 1620 but written proof starts to appear in late 17th century. For example Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver'…
  12. DNA — 2019-06-01 23:11:41
    … form data. In the audience was James Watson. {{image url="Dnafour.jpg" }} After the seminar Watson caught the train back to '''Cambridge University''' and, based on what he had heard and seen, he and Francis Crick built their first model of…
  13. Railway — 2019-02-19 15:36:10
    …hat all but the poorest could afford to travel by train. In the stagecoach days, a ticket from London to Manchester and back would have cost '''£3 10s''' but by 1851 the train fare for this same journey was only '''5s''' for a far quicker and …
  14. KitKat — 2019-02-05 19:53:39
    …apper in 1945, when it was produced with a plain chocolate covering due to shortages of milk after the war. It reverted back to red in 1947 when the standard milk chocolate KitKat was reintroduced. == Record Breaker == In 2010 the Guinness Bo…
  15. Electric Motor — 2018-10-10 01:15:13
    … could now power his strong electro-magnets and making them horse-shoe shape increased the power even more. But the drawback of creating motion with powerful magnets is that the motion is stopped when the poles repell. == And the Commutator ==…
  16. James Bond — 2018-10-10 01:11:15
    …. Sean Connery as James Bond" }} Sean Connery brought Ian Fleming's character '''James Bond''' to life in '''"Dr No"''' back in '''1962'''. …
  17. Elevator — 2018-09-18 13:05:45
    …able of elevating up to twelve persons and was raised by "secret machinery". The project proved so expensive that his backer, Rowland Stephenson MP, had to flee to America in 1828, Hornor fled soon after settling in New York around 1829 where…
  18. Football — 2017-08-16 12:25:25
    …otball i.e. primarily controlling a ball with your feet //not// your hands . The Chinese "football" games date as far back as 3000 years ago. The Ancient Greeks and the Roman used football games to prepare warriors for battle. {{Image url="F…
  19. Cider — 2017-07-11 13:21:18
    …] == Cider == {{image url="PintCider.jpg" class="right" title="A pint of cider" width="200" }} The making of cider goes back many centuries and although Britain is not the only country to make it, no other country consumes or produces as much. …
  20. Shire Horse — 2017-07-10 17:31:44
    …se used in farming and military for pulling heavy loads. === Packington 1760 === The origin of the Shire Horse dates back to a cold blooded heavy horse first mentioned in around 1066 probably brought into England after the Norman Conquest. F…
  21. Vaccination — 2017-07-09 10:30:27
    …aving observed the behaviour, he demonstrated an anatomical adaptation for it—the baby cuckoo has a depression in its back which is not present after 12 days of life, in which it cups eggs and other chicks to push them out of the nest. It h…
  22. Horlicks — 2017-07-08 21:35:20
    …floating in a boiler. ::c:: == Relocation == Joseph Horlick had emigrated to Racine in the USA in 1844. He took a trip back to England in 1869 and, while visiting his cousin James at Ruardean, persuaded 24 year old William Horlick to return to…
    …oduct 'Diastoid' and their advertising slogan read: 'Horlick's Infant and Invalids Food' under a US patent in 1883. == Back home == {{Image url="HorlicksAdvert.jpg" class="right" title="Horlicks Advert" width="" }} In 1890 James went back to L…
  23. Pub — 2017-06-28 14:28:26
    …Image url="Beerpint.jpg" class="right" title="A pint of British beer" width="200" }} The use of **pint** for beer dates back to 1215 when a measure for ale was standardised in the Magna Carter. The word **Inn** is derived from the Saxon meaning…
  24. Microphone — 2017-06-21 00:40:34
    …rd Hughes was probably born in Corwen [[Wales]] in 1831. His family emigrated to the United States in 1838 but he moved back to London in 1857. == Microphone == {{Image url="Microphone.png" class="left" title="Microphone" width="400" }} Hughe…
  25. Full Breakfast — 2017-06-12 12:43:20
    …a day.” //W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)// The full breakfast is a centuries old British breakfast tradition dating back at least to the 1300's, just about when the British said goodbye to the French, //'Au Revoir'//. === Full English Brea…
  26. Electric Generator — 2017-05-25 11:18:24
    … the centre toward the rim. The current flowed out through the sliding spring contact (m), to the external circuit, and back into the centre of the disk through the axle. This break through, called a **Farday Disk**, lead the way for the moder…
  27. Steam Engine — 2017-05-23 20:30:35
    …steam device, the aeolipile, was invented by Hero of Alexandria in the 1st century AD, but used only as a toy. ::c:: == Back in Britain == {{Image url="Somerset.jpg" class="left" width="150" title="Edward Somerset" }} In 1663, '''Edward Somers…
    …ine during the same period and built a number of steam-engine pumps for King Louis XIV of France in the 1680s. ::c:: == Back in Britain == Early industrial steam engines were designed by '''Thomas Savery''' (the "fire-engine", 1698) but it was…
  28. Hip Replacement — 2017-05-23 19:59:08
    … trays to prevent cross-infection. == Key to Success == He wrote to all his patients asking //'could he have the hips back when they died?'// When a patient passed away, someone would be sent to go and collect the hips and the lymph nodes to…
  29. Police — 2017-05-22 22:57:53
    …w. 68 unpaid citizen police officers or watchmen who wore long brown coats with their personal numbers painted on their backs. Each carried a lantern and long stave. == The world's first modern police force 1829 == Robert Peel introduced the…
  30. Telephone — 2017-05-16 10:26:05
    …9 years. The unit used to measure the intensity of a sound, the **'decibel'** is named after Alexander Graham Bell. == Back in Britain == {{Image url="AlexBellTelephone.jpg" class="left" title="Early Bell Telephone" width="260" }} He showed th…
  31. Dinosaur — 2016-10-24 00:25:22
    …ge url="Sir_Richard_Owen_plaque.jpg" class="left" title="Sir Richard Owen plaque" width="" }} ""<br clear="right">"" == Background == The palaeontologist, came from a poor background in [[Lancashire]] to become what we might call a celebrity sc…
  32. Olivia Newton John — 2016-09-26 14:14:34
    … emigrated to Australia when she was 5 but her mother encouraged her to pursue her singing career in Britain. ::c:: == Back in Britain == After struggling for several years she broke through with a Bob Dylan song **If Not For You** in 1971. I…
  33. Sport — 2016-06-23 13:22:23
    …ationed there brought the game back to England in the 1860's. The army men introduced the game to friends, but the new sport was definitely launched there …
  34. Jimi Hendrix Experience — 2016-06-02 09:48:10
    …ion of **Chas Chandler** in September 1966. === London 1966 === <<{{amazonad}}<< Chas became his manager and formed a backing band in the style of "**Cream**" with bassist **Noel Redding** and drummer **Mitch Mitchell** of jazz group "Georgie…
  35. Loch Ness Monster — 2016-05-24 13:01:48
    …nster" }} [[CategorySociety]]== Cryptozoology == Stories of an //aquatic beast// living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster was boosted when a sighting made the local news on May 2, 1933.…
    …dinosaurs 65 million years ago. == In History == There are many references to “Nessie” in Scottish history, dating back to around** A.D. 500**. When local Picts carved a strange aquatic creature into standing stones near Loch Ness. The e…
    …ge beast about to attack another man, Columba intervened, invoking the name of God and commanding the creature to “go back with all speed.” The monster retreated and never killed another man. …
  36. Automatic watch — 2016-03-06 00:37:12
    …hn Harwood (1893 – 1964), a watch repairer from Bolton [[Lancashire]] who took out a **UK patent** with his financial backer, Harry Cutts, on 7 July 1923, and obtained a corresponding **Swiss patent** on 16 October 1923. ::c:: == Sealed Watch…

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