Thankyou for the Graphic ,Donna .Donna called this one' by the fireside' and yes tonight that is the place to be ,today has been very cold with blustery winds ,I put out two loads of washing as the day started bright and windy ,but soon turned rainy ,so in it all came, a minor detail ,considering at lunch time a tornado hit a street in London and caused a lot of damage to homes ,causing hundreds to be homeless this evening .
Do you remember, I told you Maurice and I ,went to St Ives on Monday , though it was cold we had a lovely day ,looking around the town and shops ,there is a great market there each Monday ,before we went my friend Debbie commented, when I told her where we were going ,'the home of much of the technology that we use today , inventor Sir Clive Sinclair had a company in St Ives' ,and Debbie found me this info on Sir Clive ....
Sir Clive Sinclair is an inventor who was born in London in 1940. He left school at 17 having completed his secondary education at St George’s College, Weybridge and became a technical journalist for four years.
In 1962, in Islington, London, he founded his own company, Sinclair Radionics. First products included radio and amplifier kits sold by mail-order advertising and, from this base, Sinclair rapidly developed a reputation as a pioneer in the field of consumer electronics – particularly in miniaturization. In 1967, when company turnover reached £100,000 and the product range included hi-fi systems, Sinclair moved to Cambridge – so setting a trend for many other high technologies companies. Continued expansion took the company to neighbouring St Ives in 1972. Later that year, Sinclair launched the ‘Executive’, the world’s first truly pocket calculator – initial selling price a then revolutionary £79 – which was to win numerous design awards and earn over £2.5 m in export revenue. Introduction of the ‘Cambridge’ range took Sinclair to the number one position in the UK calculator market. From 1973, the company invested heavily in R&D for other products, notably digital watches, a pocket television and instruments. As a result, late 1975 saw the introduction of a low lost digital multimeter, the DM2, and the digital wrist watch, the ‘Black Watch’, which used a new chip (integrated circuit) technology –I2L. In 1976, following 15 years of strong turnover and profit growth, Sinclair Radionics sustained moderate losses due to difficulties with supplies of chips for the Black Watch. Accordingly, additional funding was sought from the then National Enterprise Board (NEB) to support the final stages of the pocket TV project.
I do hope you enjoy the pictures we took, whilst we were down on the quay looking at the swans and the ducks ,I couldnt post earlier ,for obvious reasons ,Fingers crossed all seems to be well again ..Have Lovely Evening Everyone