Britains greatest machines

You can talk about almost anything here

Moderators: John@sos, charlesp, Charles uk, RickUK, Petergalileo

User avatar
1650bullet
Posts: 669
Joined: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:52 pm
Location: Australia

Britains greatest machines

Post by 1650bullet » Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:07 pm

I have watched the last episode of britains greatest machines and was disappointed that the Marston and even the british seagull was not even mentioned throughout the whole series. Considering how many they manufactured and sent around the world, it really disappointed me :|

User avatar
Charles uk
Posts: 4756
Joined: Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:38 pm
Location: Maidenhead Berks UK

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by Charles uk » Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:15 pm

Now you know how we feel, perpetual dissapointment with all things modern & British.
Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.

User avatar
charlesp
Posts: 2564
Joined: Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:37 pm
Location: Poole, Dorset, England

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by charlesp » Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:47 pm

Don't be dispirited, Charles.

We still lead the world in Scotch Whisky. I speak from experience.

And our National Health Service is the envy of the world. Or the envy of Angola, anyway. Here again I speak from recent prolonged experience.

And we lead the world in Kendal Mint Cake, hand made shoes for fetishists, and Lofthouse's Fisherman's friends.

A proud heritage.

Marmite, too. The list is, er, endless.

Keith.P
Posts: 2823
Joined: Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Hertfordshire
Contact:

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by Keith.P » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:19 pm

Marmite, like Bovril, is no longer British owned, it has not been for some time, If something has a county name attached to it, it can only be made there, like Kendal Mint Cake, that's the only reason we lead the world and the only reason why we still have it.

User avatar
charlesp
Posts: 2564
Joined: Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:37 pm
Location: Poole, Dorset, England

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by charlesp » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:24 pm

Marmite not British? Nor Bovril?

I must go and lie down in a darkened room.

User avatar
Charles uk
Posts: 4756
Joined: Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:38 pm
Location: Maidenhead Berks UK

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by Charles uk » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:39 pm

Don't mention Cadburys now owned by a "cheese" company.
Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.

david doyle
Posts: 355
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:03 am
Location: British Columbia

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by david doyle » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:48 pm

Well fear not we sent a Canuck over to get things straightened out for ya. AS Mr. Carney said ‘I am going to where the challenge is greatest' that and where you'll pay 700,000 pounds a year to be able to blame it all on a colonial :lol:

Life is short 3 squares and pocket change for a pint and the Mrs's birthday flowers, after that there is no need to worry eh.

User avatar
lakeviewlad
Posts: 77
Joined: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:29 pm
Location: Northern Ireland

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by lakeviewlad » Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:31 pm

What about these...
AEC Matador :)
Scammell Pioneer :D
Alvis Stalwart :twisted:
Land Rover :)
Leyland Bison :)
Austin :)
Morris :)
Humber :)
Bsa :D
Norton :D
Triumph :D
Shall I stop? It's sad to think that these are just a few of the big exports from the UK for over 50 years until the world ended for Britain in the late 1980s... :cry:
Remember,dust and dirt are the enemies of all moving parts...keep your motor clean and it will repay you!

phil
Posts: 775
Joined: Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:42 pm
Location: nova scotia, canada

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by phil » Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:19 pm

Don't miss the most important one, Vincent
Then there are a few others:
Royal Enfield

MG
Morgan
Gardner
Lister
Rover

Much as they might want to who can forget Lucas? :lol:

Not wishing to offend anyone but, that great line from the Frasier show. Uttered in a Seattle British sports pub, character Daphne's favorite retreat, with somewhat disastrous results. "What has the UK ever been first in?, oh yes, first in soccer hooliganism." :D

Keith.P
Posts: 2823
Joined: Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Hertfordshire
Contact:

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by Keith.P » Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:37 pm

Morgan is still running and making cars, its still missing a wheel though.

david doyle
Posts: 355
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:03 am
Location: British Columbia

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by david doyle » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:30 pm

If you are looking for machines that were built very well for purpose, spanned the globe and had massive impact on 100s of millions of people and are still in use over 100 years after manufacture look to the Short Magazine Lee Enfield. Great british Engineering (tho lee was a yank) built by all the major factories in the UK, S.A, AUS, INDIA, CAN, and still beaten out of rail ties in afghanistan. A machine of perfection and likely used by more stalwart brits then all the bikes and autos on all the lists above. Loose and sloppy just like a seagull, reliable and ugly (per gull) enough that theft is not an issue that oft interupts ownership.

CatiGull
Posts: 267
Joined: Sun Mar 12, 2006 2:35 am
Location: Delmar on Hudson NY USA.........3000 nm west of THe Black Country

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by CatiGull » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:48 pm

Britain will forever be behind the Yanks, inventor of cheese in a spray can...
Stephen
Awenke Yacht Club
New Baltimore NY
S/V Catigale
Macgregor 26X
Island 17 Sloop

User avatar
Oyster 49
Posts: 3163
Joined: Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:55 pm
Location: Derbyshire, UK

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by Oyster 49 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:06 pm

What about my erstwhile employer, Sir Henry's finest?

Not to mention Triumph, Norton and most of the F1 teams, all UK based.

UK leads the world in its fair share of good things.Who holds the land speed record? :D

david doyle
Posts: 355
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:03 am
Location: British Columbia

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by david doyle » Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:26 am

LOL, no wonder the west is in the craper manufacturing wise, your lists of best machines almost exclusively involve going fast around a track or splashing about in the mud for recreation! Not alot of room for fruition in hood ads and tailgate parties. Surely there must be a medical diagnostic machine, a mineral exploration machine (OK Rover) or at least an inovative turbine to point to with pride? For crying out loud did'nt you build the Radar Machine and half the western world aim high kids!

User avatar
1650bullet
Posts: 669
Joined: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:52 pm
Location: Australia

Re: Britains greatest machines

Post by 1650bullet » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:45 am

It is a great series to watch everyone. Its narrated by Chris Barrie. You can see the whole series on you-tube. I just plug my Tv HDMI cable into the jack on my laptop and watch it threw the big screen. Just type in Britains greatest Machines in your search bar and you will see all the different episodes from the early to late 1900s. Click below for a 40 odd second clip.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1RDl7Nn ... E51CE75E5B

Post Reply