The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

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Debate 10A What do you think have been the main positive British contributions to the world (max 6 please)?

Please let me have your answers by Friday.

I put your responses in my website as soon as possible after they are received, so you can see what other people are saying.

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1. TV
Electric motor
steam engine
reflecting telescopes
hovercraft and electric
vacuums.

2. - INVENTIONS:
Penicillin, steam engine, Greenwich Mean Time, the Air Force, aircraft carrier, submarine, jet engine, world wide web, the English language, sports (Football, cricket, rugby, golf, snooker).
- ORGANISATIONS:
BBC World Service, World Heath Organisation, NHS (ignoring the negative implications of health tourism).
- COMPASSION AND CIVILISATION:
Emergency foreign, military and medical aid, animal welfare, charity.
- PEOPLE:
Horatio Nelson, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, William Wilberforce, Francis Drake, Florence Nightingale, Winston Churchill, David Attenborough, Stephen Hawking.

3. Mother of Parliaments
English language
Shakespeare
Church of England
World Heritage Sites/Sights (including Jurassic Coast, Stonehenge, National Parks including Lake District, Jodrell Bank and Giant's Causeway)
Football!!

4-5. Music
Science
Arts
Nye Bevan for NHS.
David Attenborough.

6. English Language
Parliamentary democracy
Sense of fair play
Trade
British education system
Tolerance

7. English language
Legal system
Parliamentary democracy and
Sport.

8. Sport ie football tennis etc
Economists Adam Smith& John Maynard Keynes and writer Thomas Paine
BBC World Service
Chocolate bars accompanied with cider
The phone / tv / internet
The bicycle

9. Industrial revolution
Steam power for example
Democracy
TV
Internet
Cats eyes in the road.

10. Conservation

11-12.We stood up to Hitler in 1939.
We invented cricket, rugby, TV and cats eyes.

13. Sir Tim Berners-Lee - World Wide Web
Winston Churchill - 75 years of peace in Europe
Joseph Lister - pioneered antiseptic surgery
Florence Nightingale - founder of modern nursing
Michael Faraday - pioneered electricity
Isambard Kingdom Brunel - engineering pioneer

Review of Week

13 responses for which many thanks.

I put this question in so that we could look at something positive for a change!

You came up with a long list which is good to see.

Interesting how we looked at not just the British contribution but the individual associated with it.

Colin Bower
16 May 2020

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