The Great British Audit

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Found 4th Oct 2017
Having noticed an increased negativity about GB's current and historical reputation in a number of threads in recent months, I thought it would be interesting to take a wider sample of opinions for balance. What are your views on the good and bad of what GB has brought to the wider world. Please be as specific as possible with precise examples and facts, but the broad areas can include culture, science, engineering, architecture etc. There aren't any no-go areas of course, but what are the first things that spring to mind when thinking of our contribution to the world?
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Music, considering our size and population we punch way above our weights.
Language, English is the second language for a lot of countries thus enabling communication between people from very different areas.
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I'll kick off with our world-leading contribution to civil engineering innovation. Here is a well-known example of many visionaries.
Language, English is the second language for a lot of countries thus enabling communication between people from very different areas.

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Music, considering our size and population we punch way above our weights.
Leaders in the world of science, from my personal heroes Newton and Darwin to Berners-Lee, Crick and Hawking and many more, people who have changed the way we look at and interact with our world every day.
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Beer, especially the real ales.
Football
2 World Wars. The end
majestic201215 m ago

2 World Wars. The end


Do you mean we gave the world 2 world wars, or we helped win 2 world wars?
123thisisme7 m ago

Do you mean we gave the world 2 world wars, or we helped win 2 world wars?


Both
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The first modern computer made in Manchester University in 1940's Alan Turing (also from Manchester) who invented a code cracking machine, the forerunner of modern computers.
No one else proud of British achievement and contribution to the world? Industrial revolution......oh yes.....Manchester again
Toothbrush
Cement
Electric Kettle
Lightbulb
WorldWideWeb
Television
Passenger Train
Tin Can (food)
ATM
Postage Stamp
Submarine
IVF
DNA Profiling
davewave8 m ago

Cement


Thought cement was invented by the romans? You could have tarmac though.
123thisisme2 m ago

Thought cement was invented by the romans? You could have tarmac though.



CEMENT

Invented: 1824
Inventor: Joseph Aspdin

In 1824, Leeds bricklayer Joseph Aspdin invented and patented a method of making what he called Portland Cement – the type that’s most widely used today. The process involved burning limestone, mixing it with clay and burning it again; the burning produced a much stronger cement than just mixing limestone and clay. Aspdin called it “Portland” as he claimed the set mortar resembled the best limestone quarried from Portland in Dorset.
davewave12 m ago

CEMENTInvented: 1824Inventor: Joseph AspdinIn 1824, Leeds bricklayer …CEMENTInvented: 1824Inventor: Joseph AspdinIn 1824, Leeds bricklayer Joseph Aspdin invented and patented a method of making what he called Portland Cement – the type that’s most widely used today. The process involved burning limestone, mixing it with clay and burning it again; the burning produced a much stronger cement than just mixing limestone and clay. Aspdin called it “Portland” as he claimed the set mortar resembled the best limestone quarried from Portland in Dorset.


Cement was first developed by the Egyptians (didnt know it went back that far) then the Greeks and the Romans.
"Portland" cement was, as you say, developed by Aspdinin.
123thisisme16 m ago

Thought cement was invented by the romans? You could have tarmac though.


Yes, I remember hearing that the Romans used cement in their buildings too. The ceiling of the Pantheon? Different to modern cement, but still cement.
Stainless Steel
davewave3 h, 0 m ago

ToothbrushCementElectric KettleLightbulbWorldWideWebTelevisionPassenger …ToothbrushCementElectric KettleLightbulbWorldWideWebTelevisionPassenger TrainTin Can (food)ATM



Saturn did ask for precise examples and facts and given that you quite often get things wrong it might be an idea to give names and dates etc. please Dave.
Oxygen, Joseph Priestley.
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123thisisme3 h, 50 m ago

Thought cement was invented by the romans? You could have tarmac though.


Tarmac.. I thought that was the Irish travelling community
MAIA5 h, 7 m ago

The first modern computer made in Manchester University in 1940's Alan …The first modern computer made in Manchester University in 1940's Alan Turing (also from Manchester) who invented a code cracking machine, the forerunner of modern computers.



Charles Babbage's difference engine (1819-1822) & analytical engine (1837) could also be, erm, counted.

I would also like to suggest we add these entries to the Audit list...

The World Wide Web,
Penicillin G,
the Smallpox Vaccine,
the Turbojet (jet engine),
...and the first practical steam locomotive & the first public railway.
Our historic class system, which whilst "unjust" freed some individuals from the daily grind so not only could they make the scientific and technological advances others have mentioned in this thread but also so they could experiment in the moral philosophy that gave rise to more egalitarian modern ideals.
Deeky.
A country with great potential if it were to be governed by efficient intelligent leaders?
Some great contributions - what a country!! The BBC and it's World Service specifically would seem another appropriate entry.
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Magna Carta
Parliamentary democracy
Law
Language
Great literature
Science and technological achievements, not least in the industrial revolution
Railways
Pax Britannica
Great music and whole musical genres
Saving the whole of Europe from Fascism
Football, cricket and rugby
Welcoming persecuted groups from other countries
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Concentration camps
Chemical weapons
Colonialism (not unique to us and probably the logical conclusion of being a great power)
Conservative party
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