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By tomshep
#1656212
Much of the hardware seems to have been on loan, so £25 million seems to be an awful lot of money to have spent in order to produce nothing of any value. Another £25M seems like throwing good money after bad. Clearly potential investors thought the same.
By johnm
#1656286
The British disease in a nutshell, amateurs producing something amazing and challenging, but largely useless and certainly without any commercial value. :roll:
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By johnm
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tomshep wrote:Yeah. Hovercraft, gas turbines, antibiotics, telephones, pneumatic tyres, radar, generators, electric motors lasers and vertical take off fighter jets.



I didn't say everyone suffered from it, we even managed to make a few quid out of some of that but generally we let the Americans do that :-)
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By Waveflyer
#1656315
I’ve been on a tour of the facility at Avonmouth and you have to admire the skill to produce such a quality project together with the dedication and enthusiasm but needing £50m is a tad ambitious :shock:
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By Sooty25
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gfry wrote:Why on earth would any investor invest such large sums in to something so utterly useless?


Maybe because to some people £25M isn't a lot of money.
By johnm
#1656337
There is some tremendous innovation in this country and some completely bonkers stuff too, both have their place. We never seem to be able to capitalise on our skills and ingenuity these days though. I guess it's the politics and the management that don't work well.
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By matthew_w100
#1656340
Is this thing actually innovative in any useful way? It seemed to me that it was just bolting standard bits together - the bulk of the effort was in organising things rather than engineering advancement.
By johnm
#1656355
matthew_w100 wrote:Is this thing actually innovative in any useful way? It seemed to me that it was just bolting standard bits together - the bulk of the effort was in organising things rather than engineering advancement.



No this one was in the bonkers category :D , but has the side effect it is hoped of inspiring youngsters to have a go at engineering and invention, that's worth a try.....I'm not feeling quite so jaundiced this morning BTW :D