Author Archives: David Thompson - Society Chairman

Time in Old Bohemia

  Many thousands of people today have stood amazed in front of the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall Square in Prague, but I wonder just how many have managed to make sense of the dial. In modern times, … Continue reading

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The Battle of the Three Emperors – or the Battle of the Three Dates

  I was recently reading Dušan Uhlír’s book The Battle of the Three Emperors and I came across an intriguing fact about the battle of Austerlitz which took place on the 2th December 1805 between the armies of Emperor Francis … Continue reading

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The sands of time

    Everyone is familiar with the egg timer, but just how far back in history do these glass timers filled with free-flowing material go? The earliest known illustration of such a device exists in an Italian fresco dating from … Continue reading

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If only I knew what the right time is

  When you want to know the correct time today, you either look at your mobile phone or you look at your radio controlled clock watch or listen to the six pips on the radio. However, don’t do the last … Continue reading

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Wake up – tea’s up

    What a treat to be able to wake up in the morning to a ready-made cup of tea and to be grateful to a machine for producing it automatically. Many of the older generation will remember a machine … Continue reading

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Just so you know how rich I am

  Today some people wear expensive watches partly to demonstrate their wealth. They either sparkle with diamonds or they impress with their complexity of mechanical magnificence. You might think that this is a new idea, but in fact this tradition … Continue reading

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‘I didn’t see him take anything, but they’re not here now’

  “Lost out of Mr. Garon’s shop on Monday the 14th instant, a gold watch, hook chain and seal all gold, on the dyal plate Garon London, one silver watch the name Garon London, another silver watch the name Clyet … Continue reading

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Japanese time

     From the first appearance of the clock inJapanwhen the Spanish Jesuit priest, St Francis Xavier, arrived with gifts for the Emperor including at least on clock in 1551 the story of mechanical timekeeping in that country has been … Continue reading

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The dog watch

    Anyone with connections with the sea and ships will tell you that the dog watch is a period of service between 4.00pm and 8.00pm and that it is split into two watches, the first and second watches on … Continue reading

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Stand up for watches

  Today we all take the ownership of a plain ordinary watch for granted and such watches are easily purchased at easily affordable prices. The same is true of the cheap and simple clock, be it a wall clock for … Continue reading

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