View Full Version : Are these the 50 greatest British inventions?

9th Jan 2013, 10:45
Daily Wail report here (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258740/Are-50-greatest-British-inventions-From-Passenger-railways-lawnmower-buggy-genius-nations-design-chronicled.html)

9th Jan 2013, 11:38
Wot about WOAD !!!


We gave WOAD to the world !!!

Loose rivets
9th Jan 2013, 12:28
I like her better than the girl in the film version of Pillars of the Earth.

9th Jan 2013, 12:30
Being a bit geeky, the cavity magnetron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavity_magnetron).


9th Jan 2013, 12:36
...and CONKERS !!!


We are the most conkered nation of all...

...historically we've been conkered by Romans, Danes, Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Normans, Goths, Huns, and our leaders have just run around getting in the way of arrows...

...then modern weapons like Echo-Gnomics were invented and we got conkered by Japan, Taiwan, Germany, France, Italy, Korea and China...

...and invaded by absolutely everyone and colonised by the Irish (Liverpool) and even the Australians (Earls Court)...

...yes, we invented being conkered and we're proud of it to this very day !!!

9th Jan 2013, 12:41
But we didn't, ORAC. There was a Russian patent on it in 1930. Sir Bernard Lovell, in his filmed memoirs, explains that he found that out while talking not so long ago to the German scientist who worked on reconstructing the H2S from a crashed aircraft, and the Germans knew about the magnetron and commented that it was a Russian patent. It is said the Japanese had made one, too.

Flying Binghi
9th Jan 2013, 13:08
No 1 - upsetting the Scots...

From the comments to the thread starter article - "A great many of the devices listed were invented by Scots..."



Alloa Akbar
9th Jan 2013, 13:51
Kelly Brook


Ali Qadoo
9th Jan 2013, 14:32
Claiming cement and the sewage (should be sewerage, shurely?) system is a bit much. The Romans certainly had cement (it's the stuff wot the Pantheon's dome is made of) and hydraulic cement too. As for sewerage systems, I think the ancient Babylonians may've pipped us to that one too.

9th Jan 2013, 15:00
We gave WOAD to the world

And in music, too. From the youthful Wolf Cub Davaar:

What's the use of belts and braces?
Boots and shoes you tie with laces?
Hats and spats you buy in places,
Down in Brompton Road?

Woad's the stuff to show men.
Woad to scare your foemen.
Boil it to a brilliant hue
And rub it on your back and your abdomen.

Ancient Briton never hit on
Anything as good as woad to fit on.
Neck and knees
And where you sit on:
Tailors! You be blowed!There may have been more to it. It was a hit with the under-twelve crowd. At this very moment I look on the clarity of memory over the gulf of years as evidence that Alzheimer's is still at bay (or, Scottice, your correspondent is not yet dottled).

9th Jan 2013, 15:13
To Continue;

Romans come across the channel
All dressed up in tin and flannel
Half a pint of woad per man'll
Dress us more than these.

Rmans, keep your armours,
Saxons, your pyjamas!
Hairy coats were meant for goats,
Gorillas, yaks, retriever dogs and llamas.

Tramp up Snowdon with our woad on,
Never mind if we get rained or blowed on,
Neck to feet, for owt that's sewed on
Tailors, you be blowed.

What me, misspent youth??

9th Jan 2013, 15:17
Claiming the jet engine is a bit much, as well. :hmm:

The first gas turbine to successfully run self-sustaining was built in 1903 by Norwegian engineer Ęgidius Elling, and the first patent for using a gas turbine to power an aircraft was filed in 1921 by Frenchman Maxime Guillaume.

9th Jan 2013, 16:07

Ancient Breton with Menhir

Well now, look ee ere, some of those things, just some, may have been pre-invented by Johnnie Foreigners, but some again are really and truly absolutely ours. Like monoliths and dolmens and Avebury and Stonehenge and Woodhenge. So here's a pic of an ancient Breton carrying a Menhir which I reckon is absolutely positive proof. So there!

9th Jan 2013, 16:43
Fitter2: Spot on!

I see I was premature in my dottled boast.

It all comes back.

Well, some of it. There was another ballad to the tune of a Christmas carol. Wait ..... It's coming ....

Hark! The Herald angels sing
Beeham's pills are just the thing.
Move ye gently move ye mild,
Two for an adult, one for a child.

Regular administration's
Just the thing for constipation ...

and so on. I suppose a new generation knows nothing of either Christmas carols or Beecham's pills.

He was a noted orchestral conductor with an acid tongue. Attributed to him was the comment to the lady 'cellist:

Madam: You have between your legs the sweetest instrument known to man, and all you can do is scratch it.

That one was probably for the older chaps, though, the 14-year old Scouts.

9th Jan 2013, 17:39

"Tramp up Snowdon with your woad on"
Tune: Men of Harlech

9th Jan 2013, 20:13
Number 1 on the list should be the Oil Leak!

9th Jan 2013, 23:00
Followed by Joe Lucas electrics

10th Jan 2013, 00:06
With Smiths guages so one can't tell when said oil has all leaked out or when the Lucas electrics have failed.

10th Jan 2013, 01:07
I really didn't know the Brits had actually invented 50 things :cool:

10th Jan 2013, 02:35
The Daily Wail forgot these -

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/31/Ray_Flying_Legends_2005-1.jpg/300px-Ray_Flying_Legends_2005-1.jpg http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTEbg1yXN9TwsDicstUkMUwLQz2DqlJkxnP3pIya6G 3fH6KVXeXDg http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTBV_0YgcotAGdDu_0K38Snn6tzA4a2KmBeAHmTyXN Z6AK_BuzH http://img.planespotters.net/photo/279000/original/G-AOIL-Private-De-Havilland-DH.82-Tiger-Moth_PlanespottersNet_279257.jpg

10th Jan 2013, 02:39

That was my thought when I read the article
- at least the 3 WWII planes.

10th Jan 2013, 02:48
Claiming the jet engine is a bit much, as well. http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/yeees.gif

The first gas turbine to successfully run self-sustaining was built in 1903 by Norwegian engineer Ęgidius Elling, and the first patent for using a gas turbine to power an aircraft was filed in 1921 by Frenchman Maxime Guillaume.

Disputably, invented in 1910 by the Romanian Henri Coanda, after whom Bucharest's main airport, Otopeni, (OTP) was renamed as Henri Coanda International a few years ago.

Takan Inchovit
10th Jan 2013, 03:07
Is designing and manufacturing a variant of something that already exists considered an actual invention?

Nervous SLF
10th Jan 2013, 03:38
Well the Australians are very good at that - they try and say the pavlova is their invention := when all really clued up people know it is a NZ invention. :ok:

10th Jan 2013, 03:59
NZ invented the condom by using the inside of a sheep's arse.

Australia refined the product by removing it from the sheep.

Nervous SLF
10th Jan 2013, 04:08
Err sorry you are confusing the Welsh with NZers :)

Howard Hughes
10th Jan 2013, 04:31
By the number of times it appears in JB, surely fried bread is the greatest British invention!:}

Ancient Mariner
10th Jan 2013, 06:55
Coanda: it featured an experimental aircraft engine which Coandă called the "turbo-propulseur," a centrifugal compressor propulsion system with a multi-bladed rotary fan situated in a duct and driven by a conventional piston engine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piston_engine). Source: Coand (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coand%C4%83-1910)

Elling:His first gas turbine patent was granted in 1884. In 1903 he completed the first turbine that produced excess power; his original machine used both rotary compressors and turbines to produce 11 bhp (8 kW; 11 PS) net.[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%86gidius_Elling#cite_note-2) He further developed the concept, and by 1912 he had developed a gas turbine system with separate turbine unit and compressor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_compressor) in series, a combination that is now common. [3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%86gidius_Elling#cite_note-3) Source: Ęgidius Elling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%86gidius_Elling)

Sorry for being overly Norwegian. ;)

10th Jan 2013, 07:13
........when all really clued up people know it is a NZ invention.

Sure it wasn't Oz ?

Takan Inchovit
10th Jan 2013, 08:43
I thought Pavlova was a religion and therefore subject to interpretation.

10th Jan 2013, 08:57
Stephenson's valve gear, Gooch's valve gear, Sanders and Bolitho's vacuum brake, Gregory's interlocked signalling, fishplates for joining rails, the multi-tubular boiler and the use of the exhaust to provide blast for pulling air through the fire. All definite British inventions in the field of steam railways.

Tuning in radio equipment - the 'four seven's patent', silica envelope valves, the ganged tuning capacitor, the Franklin beam aerial, the Adcock direction finder. British inventions in radio engineering.

10th Jan 2013, 09:27
It depends if you consider inventing something to be having an idea, building a working model or putting something into production. If it's the first, may I offer Mr Babbage's Difference Engine. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Difference_engine)