RIP Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind-up radio

Discussion in 'UK politics, current affairs and news' started by editor, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Quality. I have memories of Johnny Vaughan trying to wind Trevor up about his pipe and making less than subtle references to blim holes but I may have remembered this wrong.

    RIP Trevor.
     
  2. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Heinz Wolff (great egg race)
     
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  3. Wilf

    Wilf Meeting few of his KPIs

    The wind up radio was a great idea but I wonder how much it was actually used? I'm sure it was well used in places without power and where batteries are expensive. However, I bought one about 15-20 years ago and found it was just too much of a faff, couple of minutes winding to get 20 minutes playtime? Maybe I just had a crap version. It would be nice to hear of posters who got one and have been using it for years, never buying batteries. :)

    Anyway, ignoring all that, RIP. Crohn's is nasty.
     
  4. seeformiles

    seeformiles Lost in the wood

    I bought my old man one of those wind up radios when they first came out - still works as well today (no need to wind it on sunny days as it had a solar powered feature as well). Top bloke :)
     
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  5. likesfish

    likesfish officaly hardest and most tooled up urbanite:)

    the prc 320 had a hand crank generator and that was cutting edge 60s military tech:D
     
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  6. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    In my mind he's filed away as the anti-James Dyson; ie a good bloke with honest motives, a genuine inventor and a solver of problems.

    RIP
     
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  7. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!

    A number of people here and elsewhere have mentioned that he was a great inventor but not such a great businessman. To me that is solid badge of honour :thumbs:
     
  8. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I am not sure I agree. Brits are quite inventive, in that we invent quite a lot of inventions, but we are not very innovative in that we don't bring many of our inventions to market. It would be better for the nation if we were more innovative.
     
  9. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    What are you not agreeing with?
     
  10. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!

    You are using the word innovative incorrectly.

    I am guessing you mean that we are innovative and inventive, yet we often fail to financially exploit our innovations? If so, you would in some cases be correct, others like that Dyson arse of course do rinse it for every penny.

    Trevor Baylis did alright for money, had a comfortable home on Eel Pie, didn't really want for much and had the warm glow of what he'd managed to achieve. Something tells me Steve Jobs never got a glow like that.

    Tim Berners-Lee is another one, he could have been a Bill Gates style gazillionaire, rather than worth a few million, but he knew that a few million was more than enough for a very comfortable life and every time a cat does something stupid in a gif he feels that same glow.
     
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  11. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    the "solid badge of honour" ..
     
  12. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    so you think being a good inventor and not a good businessman should not earn Baylis a badge of honour? :confused:
     
  13. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Baylis has a badge of honour imo because he invented the clockwork radio. And various other things, but on the commercialisation front he was I think it is fair to argue quite amateur.
     
  14. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!

    He invented that radio for the good of humanity, regardless of the fact that he wouldn't make a pile or lucre from it. That's a bad thing?
     
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  15. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    He did a good think inventing the radio and I have said that.
     
  16. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!

    Put this way welty; You have your Scouts jumper and yer mum will sew some badges on. Which one is the more worthy; A) the creating a tool to help stop the spread of aids in Africa badge. B) The make a pile of cash (and offshoreing it) badge ?
     
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  17. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    But the point is that you become a good businessman only by being a ruthless cunt, and Baylis ought to be praised for not being one. As Bahnhof Strasse points out he led a comfortable existence, content enough to know he'd improved millions of lives with his inventions.
     
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  18. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    There are plenty of positions somewhere between those extremes.

    Dyson, love or loath him, has created quite a lot of jobs. UK jobs I mean, also overseas.
     
  19. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    But he's also a cunt who ought to be shot in the neck and buried in a limepit
     
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  20. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!

    He's a tax-dodger who as soon as he saw the chance to squeeze a few more quid out of his low-quality tat moved production out of the UK. And he's not an inventor in the sense of creating something new or making a significant improvement to a product, he's more in Apple's mode of rip-off other people's tweaks and go heavy on marketing.
     
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  21. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

    He might not have died enormously rich, but he had a house and shed on Eel Pie Island. I could think of worse places to spend the last decades of my life
     
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  22. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!

    Hounslow solidarity :thumbs:
     
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