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The Isambard Kingdom Brunel Love-In
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Jeremy Brookes

'' but there was a little bit more than that.... in fact I've got a list there was the: THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY ,THE BRISTOL AND EXETER RAILWAY,THE TAFF VALE,THE SOUTH


DEVON,THE CORNWALL, THE BRISTOL and GLOUCESTER, THE WILTSHIRE SOMERSET and WEYMOUTH and THE PIEDMONT RAILWAY in Italy .
And many more he built 25 in all.


Then


there was:THE HUNGERFORD BRIDGE, CHEPSTOW BRIDGE, BALMORAL BRIDGE, MAIDENHEAD BRIDGE, ROYAL ALBERT BRIDGE, and  THE TAMAR BRIDGE IN CORNWALL .  And many more
he built 100 bridges in all


And: PADDINGTON STATION,TEMPLE MEADS STATION, KENSINGTON OBSERVATORY, THE SEAWALL AT MILFORD HAVEN, THE DOCKS AT SUNDERLAND AND THE DOCKS AT PLYMOUTH. And many morehe built eight pier and dock systems plus a pre-fabricated army field hospital.

And…..we have’nt got to the ships yet!: THE GREAT WESTERN was the first steam ship to cross the Atlantic.
THE GREAT BRITAIN was the first ship to be made of iron with propellor and as for THE GREAT EASTERN it was humungously vast.



So on the basis of this list Brunel built modern England and  Britain. And Britain built the world so


Brunel built the modern world. And that makes him a pretty damn great Brit in anyones book.''

Jeremy Clarkson



Todd Kurzbard

You failed to mention that, on her trials, an explosion rocked the GREAT EASTERN, blowing off one of her funnels and damaging the ship.


When informed of the catastrophe, the already ailing Brunel, finally couldn't take any more, and it was his end.


Incidentally, the GREAT EASTERN's originally intended name was LEVIATHAN; after the prolonged difficulties of the launch (which had been repeatedly unsuccessful, only finally succeeding upon an exceedingly high tide one day), the efforts over time to launch her bankrupted the original company, and the new company decided NOT to send her to India, but across the Atlantic. That story is a tale itself (which included a mid-Atlantic "hurricane" that she BARELY survived and basically killed the ship's reputation even more, and her ending as essentially a 'giant billboard').


That photo of Brunel in front of the chains you show often, is in fact him at the original intended launch of the LEVIATHAN\GREAT EASTERN which turned into such a disaster.



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Brian Finnegan

Would u ever consider Christopher Hitchens?

Friggle Dee

White Refugees? Don't hear about them too much anymore do we?

Ivan Franco

DO GONZOLO GUERRERO!

Xeno Phon

Not so well thought out when you realize that they didnt account for environmental impact right from day one. Ifthe end state of the industrial revolution is the death of our species then maybe, just maybe, an iphone and a tesla isnt worth it?

Jeremy Brookes

@ 7:17 fun fact the channel tunnel between England and France was built using this device (obviously a bit more updated with modern machinery but otherwise identical)

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Allison

Had to click immediately just based on this guy’s epic name.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

I'm a bit biased but I too believe that name is rather nice. Thankyou my child.

Walrus O

Joyce Blackmon I think he was just making a joke my dude?

Wealthiest man Alive

I know him from my encyclopedia

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