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  1. Obstetrical Forceps — 2019-09-01 13:59:25
    …ed man-midwifery or the accoucheur. Midwifery was very much a female domain and it was frowned upon for a man to be present at the birth. == Family Secret == The family kept their //new invention// of the **forceps** a close secret for over …
  2. Saline Drip — 2019-08-08 16:47:51
    …d millions from ill health or even death by dehydration. It is deservedly on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines.…
  3. DNA — 2019-06-01 23:11:41
    …of 1951 Franklin gave a departmental seminar to bring the unit up to date on what she had achieved so far. In it she presented the A and B form data. In the audience was James Watson. {{image url="Dnafour.jpg" }} After the seminar Watson cau…
  4. Charlie Chaplin — 2019-01-08 01:18:05
    …f five. But this did not provide enough income. Their father provided no support for his children causing Chaplin to be sent to the workhouse at the age of seven. {{image url="Charles_Chaplin_young.jpg" class="right" title="A young Charlie" wid…
  5. Vacuum cleaner — 2018-12-26 13:21:55
    …ses were strung in through the windows attached to a hollow container where the dirt was collected. The 'suction' was essentially similar to the 'suction' of an air compressor. Little more than surface dirt and dust were removed. == 1903 by Ro…
  6. Electric Motor — 2018-10-10 01:15:13
    …ifting nine pounds with a seven-ounce piece of iron wrapped with wire through which a current from a single battery was sent. == Motor == {{image url="Modern_Electric_Motor.jpg" class="right" width="250" }} After [[Electric_Generator| Faraday]…
  7. Toilet — 2018-07-24 21:40:11
    …installation went on to produce a revenue of £1000 a year. Jennings was awarded a gold medal for this pioneering and essential work, when by the 1890s he had enriched public thoroughfares all over Britain. His firm's catalogue of 1895 listed 3…
  8. Miss World — 2018-06-27 12:49:19
    …:: == Wide appeal == {{Image url="MissWorldGB.jpg" class="right" title="Rosemarie Frankland was Miss World in 1961 representing United Kingdom" width="300" }} The BBC started to broadcast the Miss World show in 1959. It became one of the the mo…
  9. Jet Engine — 2018-05-28 18:47:28
    …lsdon, Coventry [[Warwickshire]], [[England]] on June 1, 1907, the son of a mechanic. **Aged just 22** in 1930 Whittle sent his new idea about jet propulsion to the Air Ministry to see if there would be any interest and give Britain the edge i…
    …"Sir Frank Whittle monument in Gloucester" }} When war broke out a contract for full-scale development was immediately sent to Power Jets, later a number of tenders to various companies were asked to set up production lines for up to 3,000 eng…
    …money. Manufacturing of the engine was offered to BTH, Vauxhall and Rover. Eventually taken up by Rover only. They also sent out a contract for a simple airframe to carry the engine, which was quickly taken up by Gloster Aircraft. == It works …
  10. English Language — 2018-01-26 21:45:55
    … '''Old Frisian'''. In fact parts of coastal Netherlands around Terschelling have word sounds that are very close to present day English. This period is [[Sandwich]]ed between the occupation of the Romans up to around 400 AD and the French inv…
  11. Football — 2017-08-16 12:25:25
    … the **Football Association** (the English governing body, **FA**), were laid down on the 26th October **1863**. Representatives of several London clubs met //“for the purpose of forming an Association with the object of establishing a def…
  12. Toothbrush — 2017-08-06 10:37:43
    …0.** Addis was a prisoner in jail in **1770** for inciting riots. He was a clever man, who wanted to keep himself presentable but did not like using the method at the time of rubbing a rag with soot and salt on the teeth. So by hand he carve…
  13. Mousetrap — 2017-07-15 13:16:17
    …r 2012. {{Image url="Mousetrap.jpg" class="left" title="Christie Mousetrap promotion print" width="200" }} == Best Present == Christie gave the rights for the play to her grandson Matthew Prichard as a 9th birthday present, he wanted a pushb…
  14. Vaccination — 2017-07-09 10:30:27
    …haviour, 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 had been assumed that …
  15. Horlicks — 2017-07-08 21:35:20
    … (1809-1878) and wife Priscilla Griffiths (1816-1874) sons were born in Ruardean in the Royal Forest of Dean. They were sent to a private school in Hampshire. The brothers found employment in London, where James joined a homeopathic chemist co…
  16. Radar — 2017-07-05 11:01:39
    …t three times, and were never able to attack. == Aircraft detection and location == On February 12, 1935, Watson-Watt sent a memo of his proposed system to the Air Ministry, entitled Detection and location of aircraft by radio methods. The co…
    …son-Watt immediately attacked this problem, and set up the system with several layers of reporting that were eventually sent to a single large room for mapping. Observers watching the maps would then tell the fighter groups what to do via direc…
    …ng system put to the test. The results were clearly successful and an immediate order for an additional 20 stations was sent out. By the start of World War II 19 were ready to play a key part in the Battle of Britain, and by the end of the war …
  17. Radio — 2017-07-05 10:54:29
    …c transmission of wireless signals at the now BT Centre in 1896. On {{Datetext event_date="13 May 1897", text="Marconi sent the world's first ever wireless communication over open sea." }} The experiment witnessed a message transversed over th…
  18. Telegraph — 2017-07-05 10:51:03
    …{Image url="RonaldsTelegraph.jpg" class="left" title="Ronalds Telegraph" width="300" }} Static electrical impulses were sent along the wire were used to transmit messages. To communicate messages Ronalds had made two identical clock-like machin…
    …lectromagnetism to turn five needles left or right to point to letters. This meant anyone could read the message being sent, no need for anyone to be trained in understanding codes, like the Morse system. === Morse === On learning of this fi…
  19. Sparkling Wine — 2017-06-11 14:08:47
    …palette as cider was well established with its much livelier quality. As early as 1662 when '''Christopher Merret''' presented a paper to the newly formed Royal Society in which he stated that sugar and molasses were being added to wines of all…
  20. Gravity — 2017-06-10 22:00:35
    …was born in 1642 in a manor house in [[Lincolnshire]], [[England]]. He was not interested in the family farm, so he was sent to Cambridge University to study. ||{{{toc}}}||{{adsense}}|| Isaac (1642 - 1727) was born just a short time after the …
  21. Hip Replacement — 2017-05-23 19:59:08
    …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 correlate the facts and to see how the joints had worked during the y…
  22. MRI Scan — 2017-02-10 08:41:04
    …er of his research student Dr Andrew Maudsley, complete with bone, bone-marrow, nerves and arteries. The images were presented at a special meeting of the Medical Research Council in 1976. /* https://aberdeenmedlib.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/wor…
  23. Modern Olympics — 2017-01-25 14:57:15
    …es heard of games being held in Greece, funded by a wealthy man named Evangelis Zappas. ==Wenlock Prize== ---- Brookes sent a sum of £10 which the Greek committee decided to award to the winner of the '**long race**' under the name **Wenlock …
  24. Marmite — 2017-01-18 16:21:10
    …ation packs during **World War I**. It became a dietary supplement in prisoner-of-war camps in **World War II** and was sent to British peacekeeping forces in Kosovo to boost morale in 1999. {{Image url="WWIfood.jpg" class="right" title="Trench…
  25. Plywood — 2016-10-19 10:55:12
    …at the Naval Academy in Portsmouth. He developed a liking towards the constructional work of the navy. In 1780 he was sent by the First Lord of the Admiralty to visit various ports and dockyards in Northern Europe and in Russia he built and e…
  26. Olivia Newton John — 2016-09-26 14:14:34
    …uggling for several years she broke through with a Bob Dylan song **If Not For You** in 1971. In 1974, Newton-John represented the United Kingdom in the //Eurovision Song Contest// with the song "**Long Live Love**". Newton-John's career hit n…
  27. Jigsaw Puzzle — 2016-09-22 12:42:58
    …y for millions of people for a very small outlay. == Spilsbury Award == There is now a **Spilsbury Award** that is presented by the [[http://agpc.org | AGPI ]] to renowned individuals who have provided ongoing, lifetime contributions to the d…
  28. Guillotine — 2016-07-28 13:29:34
    …egister of Gibbet executions was not commenced until 1541; but between that year and 1650 there were //only// 54 people sentenced to death, perhaps indicating the effectiveness of the device as a deterrent. == Civil War == The machine remai…
  29. Sport — 2016-06-23 13:22:23
    … began playing indoor tennis with friends, using the new balls. Gibb apparently came up with the name "ping pong," representing the sounds of the ball hitting the paddle and then the table. However, an English manufacturer of sporting goods, J…
  30. Christmas Traditions — 2016-05-24 14:20:06
    …d in Britain in 1840 when the first 'Penny Post' public postal deliveries began. Over a billion Christmas cards are now sent every year in the United Kingdom, many of them sold in aid of charities.|| [[Tradition]] === {{colour c="red" Christma…
    …|The custom of hanging a stocking on the hearth or bed post on Christmas Eve in the hope that it will be filled with presents the next morning started about 400 years ago in Holland where children placed clogs next to the hearth. In Britain sto…
  31. Marmalade — 2016-05-20 09:14:51
    …Louisa May Alcott visited Britain in the 1800s, she described "a choice pot of marmalade and a slice of cold ham" as "essentials of English table comfort". == History == The recipe book of Madam Eliza Cholmondeley, dated around **1677** and he…
    …we know today. == Family Ties == One of Janet Keiller's great-great-great-great grandsons is the British television presenter Monty Don.…
  32. Baking Powder — 2016-05-17 17:19:17
    …d a simple raising agent for making bread and pastries without the need for yeast. This formula for baking powder is essentially the same as is used in modern baking powders today. {{Image url="AlfredBirdPlaque.jpg" class="left" title="Alfred …

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