Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Clive the Eagle

Good grief!  Sir Clive Sinclair is still around and having daft ideas. Who knew?  Sir Clive is the Eddie the Eagle of technology, a very British and very cherishable thing. But I can't help feeling it would be nice, once in a while, to have a Roger Federer/Steve Jobs.

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  1. Now, steady on. Steady on. The English don't do success. We leave that to the Americans, the Germans, the Japs, that vulgar lot. What we do, and we do splendidly, is failure.

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  2. I agree with Elberry on this one.

    I'm a failure as a blogger and I think I do it very splendidly.

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  3. I suspect we have quite a few of them, but they tend to be too original to be easily categorized and hence not so well-known perhaps.

    Where would Steve Jobs be without Jonathan Ive, who is a genius? The internet (in its present form anyway) wouldn't exist without Sir Tim Berners Lee. Every time "black hole" is mentioned think Stephen Hawking, and the man behind how most of us now view planet earth is James Lovelock. So look to folks like these. If you go looking for failure then you are sure to find it.

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  4. Steve Redgrave has a claim to be the world's greatest ever sportsman.

    And then there's Jeffrey Archer, of course.

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  5. "She knows there's no success like failure
    And failure's no success at all."

    Mr Dylan, 'Love Minus Zero'

    Or as i would put it, once you take a genuine relish in your failure as a human being, writer, and blogger, it becomes matter for rejoicing rather than woe. Everyone can be a success, it's just a matter of accepting your inevitable defeat and the dumping of your broken body in a ditch by the side of the road in Bradford.

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  6. You had Trevor Baylis, don't forget, and his clockwork radio.

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  7. And Tony Blair. He invented lots of things, didn't he?

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  8. And what about Wilf Lunn? Isn't he still knocking about?

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  9. Didn't Tony Blair invent peace? i'm sure he said something like that. And goodness, he said he invented that while sitting naked in his office, doing his feng shui with Gordon.

    Gordon invented boots, i think. Or maybe it was socks. Something like that.

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  10. You can have Steve Jobs. And while we're at it, thanks for taking Madonna off our hands.

    "I'm sure it will happen and I am sure it will change the world dramatically," he predicted.

    Beware any idea that claims it will change the world, dramatically or not. But I just don't see the need for or the desirability of flying cars. Everyone wants one, but do you really want the people you share traffic with on the roadways to have one? There will be no "fender benders" with flying cars. Every accident will be most likely fatal.

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