Rain getting you down? Never fear, here are some inventions to help you out!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Stupid idea 2

I don't know about you, but I am unimpressed by the weather this month. I often walk to work and this week that has involved soggy feet, wet hems and fancy footwork as I leap away from the curb to avoid lorries splashing me as they charge through puddles. So much for summer! At least the inventing community has been hard at work finding ways to help us with this age-old problem. Wikipedia tells me…

In the world of inventors this week... inspiration for inventors great and small

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Got a good idea that you want to develop but don't have the resources? Then Nesta's new Inventor Prize is looking for you!  Announced this week after a period of consultation, the prize is £50,000 funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, aimed specifically to: 

  • Support the development of selected products
  • Build the capacity of prize participants (inventors)
  • Champion…

By Royal Appointment

Monday, 29 May 2017

I got a message from a friend's parents yesterday to tell me that there was a programme on ITV 3 that they thought I might like. The programme was By Royal Appointment, and it was on ITV 3 just this weekend. I have only met my friend's dad once, but our conversation had been an interesting one because it turns out he had worked for the Royal Protection department of the Metropolitan police, so naturally…

The challenges of researching the recent past: Tomorrow's World, today

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Iw 0309

I had a very sad conversation last week with the wife of my stepfather's patent agent. I had dialled their number, dug up from the family address books, crossing my fingers that after so many years they still lived in the same house. I was lucky, in that she answered, and remembered my stepfather, but unlucky in that her husband had died in December and therefore couldn't answer my (suddenly no longer…

Fame, fame at last! Or at least, Radio Shropshire tomorrow!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Gary dog training sleeve garden 3

Hi everyone,

For a relatively shy person, I am finding this crowd-funding malarkey all a bit of a trial, but one thing I realise I just can't stop doing is thinking about, writing about and talking about this project, The Underwater Bike and Other Stories, which is proving so much fun to do, delving through my stepfather's notebooks, learning of inventions and ideas I never knew he had and revisiting…

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