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  1. Hydroelectric Power — 2019-04-08 16:54:46
    …and]]. **William George Armstrong** (1810 – 1900) installed a generator in his home to power labour-saving machines such as laundry equipment and a hydraulic lift in 1870. {{Image url="CragsideHouse.jpg" class="right" alt="Cragside House" …
  2. Railway — 2019-02-19 15:36:10
    …ailway. {{Image url="Gsrocket.jpg" title="Stephensons Rocket" class="right" }} Stephenson was hired by other railways, such as the '''Bolton & Leigh.''' But his big triumph came in 1829. The proposed Liverpool & Manchester railway directors he…
  3. Electric Toaster — 2018-10-12 13:33:05
    …g systems. <<{{image url="Light_bulb.gif" title="Incandescent light bulb" width="200" }}<< Crompton's reputation was such that, in 1880, the chemist [[Light Bulb|Joseph Swan]] sought his opinion when he first developed incandescent lamps for…
  4. Guinness Book of World Records — 2018-09-11 11:09:26
    …sMcWhirter.jpg" class="left" title="Nick & Ross McWhirter" width="500" }} After a fruitless search for a reference for such facts, he had the idea that Guiness could provide a 'record' book for settling arguments in [[Pub]]s. == The Twins ==…
  5. Public Park — 2018-08-24 15:01:46
    …ws and naturalistic woodland belts. The lakes are shaped to appear as sinuous rivers with views across them to features such as the Boathouse and Swiss Bridge. {{Image url="BirkenheadPark.jpg" class="right" }} ::c:: == A man with Big Ideas ==…
  6. Intraocular Lens — 2018-07-10 08:26:02
    … weekends, operate there, and return to his London practice by Monday morning. While Americans welcomed a new idea with such enthusiasm, it was so typical that the companies who made the lenses in the **USA** did not share Ridley's relaxed atti…
  7. Rubber — 2018-02-14 23:42:28
    …-drew Hancock's attention to rubber. In '''April 1820''' he patented India-rubber springs for various types of clothing such as gloves and '''suspenders'''. The Hancock brothers then started an "elastic works" to manufacture items using the rub…
    …sed methods for 'producing moulded articles into any desired shape for the purposes of being used in the manufacture of such articles, as the same may be applicable to'. But again Hancock got there first, in 1846 he had already patented his s…
  8. Plastic — 2018-01-25 10:47:21
    …orny elastic and waterproof substance.” In 1856, he patented the process of waterproofing woven fabrics by the use of such materials. {{Image url="Alexander_Parkes_Blue_Plaque.jpg" class="left" width="300" title="Blue plaque on the old Birmi…
  9. Worcestershire Sauce — 2018-01-13 11:02:07
    …ht" title="William Henry Perrins" width="" }} In **1839** Worcestershire Sauce was introduced into the **USA**. It was such a success that the importer, John Duncan of New York, opened a processing plant, imported the ingredients from England …
  10. Life Boat — 2017-08-03 09:58:34
    …and much property have been preserved from Shipwreck; and he obtained for it the King's patent in the year 1785.”@@ Such was the success of lifeboats that On 28 February 1823 the RNLI was formed. {{Image url="LifeBoat.jpg" class="left-right…
  11. Radar — 2017-07-05 11:01:39
    …n around the site (passive radar). {{Image url="Radar-Plaque.jpg" class="left" title="Radar Plaque" width="" }}::c:: Such was the secrecy that only three people witnessed the test, Watson-Watt, his assistant Arnold Wilkins, and a single memb…
  12. Pub — 2017-06-28 14:28:26
    …e including taverns. A way for Innkeepers to show their loyalty it is perhaps no surprise that so many pubs bear names such as ‘The Kings Arms’ ‘Royal Oak’ or ‘Queens Head’. The Royal Oak is the English oak tree within which King …
  13. Scouts — 2017-06-15 01:16:10
    …ing his book '**Aids to Scouting**'. This book was intended as a military training manual, teaching soldiers techniques such as observation, tracking. == Small beginings == {{Image src="Badenpowell2.jpg" title="Baden Powell " class="right" wid…
  14. Viagra — 2017-06-01 14:56:53
    …) discovered that chemical compounds belonging to the pyrazolopyrimidinone class were useful in treating heart problems such as angina. Nicholas Terrett was named in the 1991 British patent for Sildenafil (tradenamed Viagra) as a heart medicine…
  15. Television — 2017-05-29 13:40:11
    …he Radio Times that a semi-mechanical analogue television system was possible by transmitting moving silhouette images, such as his fingers wiggling, in his London laboratory. Baird gave the first public demonstration of moving silhouette image…
  16. Steam Engine — 2017-05-23 20:30:35
    …ythmically move up and down Papin conceived of the idea of a piston and cylinder engine. Papin wrote up the designs for such a device , however he never built an actual steam engine. The English engineer '''Thomas Savery''' later used Papin's d…
  17. Cat Eyes — 2017-05-17 09:02:28
    …ars, simple and effective. {{Image url="Catseye.jpg" title="thumb" width="100" class="left" title="Modern Cat eye" }} Such a success was the invention of the "cat's eye" that in 1965 he was rewarded with an '''**OBE**''' for services to expor…
  18. Vacuum Flask — 2017-05-02 15:07:40
    …. Cordite is a smokeless propellant to replace gunpowder as a military propellant. Cordite was used for large weapons, such as tank guns, artillery and naval guns. It was also used in the .303 British, Mark I and II, standard rifle cartridge b…
  19. Modern Olympics — 2017-01-25 14:57:15
    …ordinary citizens of the locality. The first games he held were a mixture of old Greek style athletics and local sports such as football and cricket. By 1851 competitors from all over the West Midlands were attending and by the end of the decad…
  20. Bovril — 2017-01-18 16:20:20
    …beef was a [[Scotland | Scotsman]] living in Canada named **John Lawson Johnston.** The transportation and storage of such vast amounts of food were problematic. This led to Johnston creating a product he called //'Johnston's Fluid Beef'//, t…
  21. Harrier Jump Jet — 2017-01-18 16:14:57
    …rriers and they are still in service. == Over 50 years Service == It was conceived to operate from improvised bases, such as car parks or forest clearings, without requiring large and vulnerable air bases. Later, the design was adapted for u…
  22. Sport — 2016-06-23 13:22:23
    …s, firstly the rule which allowed for the running with the ball in hand ( ''Handball Ref!'' ) and secondly, obstructing such a run by hacking (kicking an opponent in the shins), tripping and holding (in other words fouling). Legend has it that…
    …ommon ground. Teams often consisted of 60 to 100 players and games occasionally lasted several days or so with injuries such as broken arms and legs not uncommon. The game that we know today emerged at '''Eton College''' in England in the 1860…
  23. Industrial Revolution — 2016-06-23 12:25:37
    … to grow food for his workers, built housing for them, and offered higher wages than were paid in other local industry (such as mining or pottery). == Ironbridge 1779 == {{Image url="Ironbridge.jpg" title="World's First Iron Bridge 1779" class…
  24. USA anthem — 2016-05-16 16:59:43
    …e Star-Spangled Banner song === Smith was elected as a member of the select Anacreontic Society who's members included such persons as Samuel Johnson. In the 1770s, Smith composed music for the society's constitutional song entitled **To Anacr…

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