InventionsDid I hear that the photocopier was invented over 30 years before it was mass-manufactured? Did I hear the everlasting light bulb works and was patented but never produced? Did I hear of some U.S.A. Patented ‘Hobogen Project’ that delivers infinite worldwide electricity without polluting and using raw materials?

We have all heard such rumours but someone out there knows the truth. Are these just rumours or are useful inventions slowed or pushed aside and un-used?

Technology is certainly moving fast but it is also moving at a pre-determined speed, being constantly regulated by forces stronger than ‘logic’. This system of ‘timing advances’ is common, and the consumer has no way of knowing what would happen if all inventions were explored, prototyped and assessed for global or local ‘usefulness’.

As ‘new’ things appear regularly, we think that inventors are busy, happy and un-frustrated – or do we? Why was it that the inventor of the ‘clockwork radio’ found it tough going to get his great product noticed early and into production?

I know that many inventors are concerned about discussing their ideas because of ‘idea-theft’ and that sadly, some ideas never leave the drawing board, but there are things like ‘Non-Disclosure Agreements’ to help protect ideas whilst they are being discussed.

Perhaps most of the stuff we hear about the hard life of inventors is false, but if there is just one inventor out there reading this who feels their inventions should be making more headway, then the World should give them a platform from which to speak, as we depend upon such enlightened individuals.

Perhaps there is a web site I have not found yet? Perhaps it exists but few inventors trust to use it? Whatever the situation, if you know something I should know, let me know!

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Country Hideaway

Country HideawayYou probably won’t view a piet-my-vrou or red kite from here but you could do a wood pigeon or guinea.

I have always been a fan of underground houses and buildings set into the side of cliffs or hillsides as at the Earth Centre at Bodenham, near Kidderminster (UK), but sadly, in the UK, our planners give few planning permissions to such earthy architectural adventurers.

Maybe, before the prolific ‘projecting’ house is fully splattered across this once green and pleasant land, planners could be asked to court proposals that streamline the more boring modular buildings into their landscapes.

I enjoy designing ways to ‘streamline’ build into the environment. One such structure within the HoBB Gardens is the ‘hide’ which will house seating for six and ‘hide’ those inside from the planned pond and its duck population.

The structural aspects of this ‘hide’ are nearly complete. The stone and cement carving stage comes next to provide ornament and ledges for planting. We are on the look out for a couple of small timber row-boats in any condition to adapt as duck houses within a central island ‘boathouse’ position.

Contact us if you know of any such boats in the UK in need of a good home.

Contact also if you would like to volunteer your time through the wwoof scheme ( to do some concrete carving and stone construction at HoBB Real.

Waves from the hills ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant