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Topic: Made In Britain, Unfortunately

daft old duffer on Sat 22-Feb-2014 | 06:24AM

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By far the most important legacy left by the  defunct British Empire  is that it left behind millions upon millions of people, spread all over the world, who were trained to think Brit.
Their clothes, their furniture,their very lifestyle was, and in many cases still is, based on  the British concept  of style, of correctness.
 And when they purchased goods, machinery, cars, even war equipment, it was almost automatically from Britain. A Britain whose language was as instinctive to them as their own, a Britain who supplied instructions, maintenance schedules and spare parts catalogues using  a language and  measurement system that had become second nature to them.
And thank goodness for it.
For the blunt truth is that for year upon relentless year following the end of WW2, the stuff we Brits attempted to foist on the rest of the world, was rubbish.
Sometimes quite incredible rubbish
Burned in my memory is the sight that greeted us, year after year, whenever our ship docked in Latakia, the main port of Syria. Prominently displayed was a pile of large wooden crates festooned in huge red letters with the legend 'YET ANOTHER REJECTED BRITISH EXPORT'.
We were notorious for  late delivery, of faulty design, of poor workmanship and almot inevitable breakdown of components..
It was a situation that could not be allowed to carry on, for we are above all else a nation of traders, buyers and sellers of goods and services.
And,once again, thank goodness it has not.
For we are entering upon a world which will be dominated, overwhelmed,by the increasingly wealthy and powerful nations of the Pacific Rim, China, the South Americas.
It is their culture, their way of life that will dominate the world for the next centuries, just as the United States  has done till now.
And if we, perched on  our tiny off-shore scrap of clay and rock, are not to be overwhelmed, to be reduced to a third world country unable to compete in price or quality or style, we need to plug away with every speck of the  industry and inventedness and downright British go-get we can muster.
Yet it is at this point of massive threat that a bunch of small-time politicians, wants to split us in two
.What will it matter, think you, if Scotland is better or worse off without the English, when our Islands as a whole have been reduced to the sort of world status and influence we now accord one of the lesser African states?
Perhaps, though  you think that will never happen. That the power we have wallowed in for the last two or three centuries is for some God-granted reason, eternal.
If so, dream your dream whilst you may. Your Great grandchildren will not be granted the chance.
 
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Livinglegend on Sun 23-Feb-2014 | 01:09AM
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According to ARM Holdings, in 2010, producers of chips based on ARM architectures reported shipments of 6.1 billion ARM-based processors, representing 95% of smartphones, 35% of digital televisions and set-top boxes and 10% of mobile computers. It is the most widely used 32-bit instruction set architecture in terms of quantity produced. Apple,  Samsung, Sony, etc,  all ARM based,  so if you have a tablet or phone anywhere in the world you likely have advanced British design in your hands.

Eight of the eleven F1 teams are based in Britain. Every single F1 car has a UK imprint, whether in the design, the R&D which goes into such sophisticated machines, the assembly of the vehicle or the manufacture of the components. When you look at an F1 car, what you are looking at is British engineering excellence.

Rolls Royce aero engines, designed and made in the UK. A Rolls Royce powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world every 2.5 seconds.

If you see a satellite orbiting the Earth, it may well be made in Britain. We are now a world leader in manufacturing satellites. UK products now orbit not just the Earth but also Mars, Venus and Saturn.

Britain is one of the most innovative countries in the world. The Internet, invented by a Brit; the iPad, designed by a Brit; and the Higgs Boson, the particle which explains why the physical world works, predicted by a Brit.

We make more cars in Britain today than we have ever made - 1.5 million last year. And we export those cars to over 100 countries worldwide.

As of 2013, the top financial centre in the world, according to the Global Financial Centres Index, is London.

Film CGI, for films such as Gravity (2013), are designed,  digitised and developed in Britain. Again, world leaders in the field.

Like an iceberg that is just the tip of modern British expertise,  we are respected world leaders in many fields and technological advances. Not bad for a tiny off-shore scrap of clay and rock.
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Hotspur on Sun 09-Aug-2015 | 23:49PM
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This guy was good. Pity he's not still posting
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