Category: Innovation

Roger Vivier – Stiletto Maestro

To be carried by shoes, winged by them to wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give reality to one’s dream.
– Roger Vivier

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Roger Vivier was a French shoe designer. He’s credited for designing the first stiletto that captivated a lot of women and even men.

For 10 years, Vivier worked as a designer at Christian Dior.

His designs won acclaims around the world and for 35 years he became the master shoe designer predating Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

His designs were a work of art that they were compared to the famed Faberge eggs.

The Queen of England wore a Vivier original on her coronation.

The Philippines Asia’s next tech tiger?

The Philippines Asia’s next tech tiger?

The Philippines could be Asia’s next tech tiger.  When my dear wife & I visited the Philippines nearly two years ago, we spent most of the time with Jean’s delightful family and touring around.  I was impressed at the scale of building work.  I saw architecturally interesting, clean bright looking buildings being erected, mainly apartments & offices. I could see so much potential in the Philippines, it is a growing SE Asian economy. Their use and development of IT is as good as any developed country.

If the infamous and exposed corrupt (Napoles et al) Pork Barrel PDAF  budget systems are corrected soon, this potential would be unleashed to improve the economy to benefit the hard-working & innovative Filipino people.  The IT industry is growing in the Philippines and cyber hubs are growing. This is no surprise, as I find Filipinos are natural engineers and problem solvers. Many are electronic , hardware engineers, computer coders, programmers  who enjoy embracing technology.  However those who have the skills tend to migrate to more prosperous countries, which have better infrastructure.

The internet infrastructure in the Philippines needs drastic improvement.  Only the ‘social surfing elite’ having decent connection speeds.  This severely hampers those who need faster broadband speeds needed to develop cyber innovation and therefore generate income to the nation.

Below is an interesting BBC news item about the Philippines emergence in technology.

The Philippines may have the fastest-growing economy in South East Asia but it also has the slowest internet in the region. Despite this, some think they have spotted an opportunity that could turn the country into Asia’s next tech tiger. Aurora Almendral met some of the true believers. On paper, the Philippines has all the ingredients of an emerging tech tiger: a fast-growing middle class with money to spend; a 100-million strong, largely English-speaking, population addicted to social media; plus low labour and operating costs.

But go anywhere on the islands and you’ll notice frustrated faces on many of those with a handheld device in their palm.

Internet speeds are atrocious – a measly 3.6 megabits per second (Mbps), well below the regional average of 12.4 Mbps. Never mind the US average of 22.3 or near neighbour Singapore with 61 Mbps.

Peter Fabian

“We see the Philippines as a good testing market”

Peter FabianInternet entrepreneur

Coverage is patchy at best for mobile. Venture outside of the cities and you might as well be in the 1990s.

In the words of Peter Fabian, a recently arrived tech entrepreneur, to any seasoned Silicon Valley investor the Philippines looks like “the end of the world. For years, the Philippines lagged behind the rest of South East Asia, and entrepreneurs looking for the next tech hub overlooked the country for other nearby booming economies, like Thailand and Singapore. But, says Mr Fabian: “We see the Philippines as a good testing market.” After researching emerging markets across the globe, he decided on the Philippines for his start-up, which aims to use big data to build a credit card company aimed at the middle class who are not customers of traditional banks. Furthermore, there are a lot of unexplored opportunities and, with few experienced tech entrepreneurs around, not much competition. Mr Fabian was also attracted to the fact that, as a former US colony, the country shares many US institutions and has a similar culture, making the Philippines feel very familiar.

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More than 60% of Filipinos have smartphones.

“The attitude towards foreigners is very welcoming, which cannot be said of a lot of people in Asia,” says Mr Fabian. The Philippine start-up scene is small, but people are starting to trickle in. Some are adapting Western products to the local market, like fast fashion ecommerce, daily deals sites or taxi service apps. Others, like Ron Hose, a Silicon Valley-bred, Manila-based entrepreneur and investor, are looking at solutions to more local challenges.

There are a second set of problems that are unique to emerging markets that companies and entrepreneurs in developing countries are not really building products for,” he says. “An entrepreneur sitting in an office in Silicon Valley,” Mr Hose says, “is not thinking about the problems of a Filipino who is sitting in a Jeepney [local taxi] for an hour and a half a day to go to work, or whose home gets flooded 10 times a year during typhoons.” Mr Hose’s company, Coins.ph, provides financial services for people without bank accounts. He says that while each country is unique, there are big fundamental problems that are common across emerging markets, such as lack of access to education or the fact that people are unbanked. “If you solve one of these needs, then the market is larger than any one of these countries. If you can solve banking for people in the Philippines, you can solve it for 500 million people in South East Asia,” he says.

Richard Eldridge is another tech entrepreneur based in Manila. He co-founded Lenddo, an on-line loan company that wants to help consumers use their social media activity to develop creditworthiness, giving them access to financial services. He has been working in the Philippines since 2001, and has had a front row seat for the Philippines’ economic growth.

Ron Hose, co-founder of Coins.phRon Hose believes his on-line site will be a breakthrough service for the middle classes in emerging markets

He previously ran a large outsourcing company, and found that many of his employees – the very middle classes he seeks to serve – kept asking him for loans. “It fascinated me that they were coming to me and not going to a bank and getting loans,” Mr Eldridge says. He left the multinational in 2011 to start Lenddo with New York-based chief executive Jeff Stewart. The Philippines remains Lenddo’s home base and largest market but in the past year it has expanded to Mexico and Colombia and is looking at 30 other emerging countries.

Local problems, local solutions

While foreigners have made a mark in the Philippine start-up sector, most entrepreneurs are locals, solving local problems. Norris Jay Perez was a programmer for a small company before he struck out on his own in 2009. For four years he tried and failed at 10 different start-up ideas before coming up with Apptivate, a platform that allows smartphone users without credit cards to buy apps. He had the idea when he wanted to buy an app for his second-hand smartphone but could not because he did not have a credit card. Nearly 60% of Filipinos own a smartphone, computer or tablet, significantly higher than comparable emerging markets such as India, Vietnam or Indonesia. Mr Perez says that only 3% use Apptivate and he believes he is tapping into a large market with plenty of room to grow. However, spotty mobile coverage and slow internet speeds are hampering adoption. Mr Perez admits he spends time fielding emails from Apptivate customers, frustrated because slow and patchy mobile internet connections kept them from downloading apps they had already paid for.

Limited local talent

The situation has attracted the ire of Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, who requested a Senate investigation to find out the cause of slow internet speeds in the Philippines and how it was affecting the ease of doing business. “Lack of good internet is going to slow down economic growth in the Philippines, that I know for sure,” says Ron Hose of Coins.ph. But he adds: “It’s not going to slow down tech entrepreneurs.” He thinks the bigger issues are an underdeveloped funding infrastructure and a lack of tech talent. “The good ones have left for Singapore or Hong Kong. It makes it hard for tech entrepreneurs to operate here,” he says. Lenddo solves its talent shortfall by outsourcing the most complex data engineering work to New York, while hiring the rest of its team locally. For now, the Philippine tech industry is for true believers, willing to build not just a business, but an industry from the ground up.

I’ts Movember – No Shave Month

There was an old man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared!—
Two owls and a hen,
Four larks and a wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.”

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I’ts Movember – No Shave Month

Yes, it is that time of year again. It’s Movember.

Movember is when Men and also some women raise awareness to cancer, particularly to testicular and prostate cancer, by abstaining from shaving. This is a charity-based organisation which originated in Melbourne, Australia in 2004 with 30 men to start with. To date, Movember is global and has managed to accumulate more than $299Million in funds.

Movember has few rules to observe to join in.

  1. You must register first at Movember.Com.  Once registered, you must start the first of November fully and utterly clean-shaven.
  2. For the entire month of November, each “Mo Bro” must grow and groom a moustache.  Yes, Movember is not just about growing facial hair.  It is about control, and grooming as well.  No hair jungle here.
  3. No joining your moustache with your sideburns, that’s considered a beard.  (Beard growing is probably another organisation.)
  4. No joining the handlebars to your chin, that’s a goatee. (Again Goatee has some association accorded it somewhere. LOL)
  5. The last rule and the most important one in No Shave November is, each man must conduct himself like a true gentleman.

Time is of the essence.  Join in

Choose your style!

Shreddies Pants – Relationship Saviour

Once again, David Cameron was vindicated for his impassioned comment that the UK invented most things worth inventing , when the Russians were reported to dismiss Britain as a small island whose views can be ignored.

We have the Shreddies Pants, Take that!!!

Flatulent Fashionitas 😉

Here it is, the savior of many a marriage, of relationship and untold embarassing moments. The Shreddies Pants contain Zorflex, apparently used in chemical warfare suits, the Loughborough based maker confirms that the knickers can filter odours 200 times stronger than the average emission.

Duvet will smell of white linen…. Just wear that knickers in bed!

🙂 🙂 😉

Just pop in a few pairs in that Christmas goodie bag for the other half!!! 😉

Living

 

New line of underwear filters out farts 

Using chemical warfare technology, these new briefs, shorties and boxers camouflage bodily odors that make intimacy difficult for people with digestive disorders like IBS and Crohn’s disease.

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Models show of the new flatulence-filtering undies.

 A healthcare underwear company has designed a range of briefs and boxers which use chemical warfare technology to filter unwanted gas.

The hi-tech pants, created by Shreddies Ltd. based in Leicestershire, England, feature a highly absorptive carbon cloth back panel which traps and neutralizes flatulence odors.

The thin and flexible cloth, which contains Zorflex — the same activated carbon material used in chemical warfare suits — is reactivated simply by washing the pants.

Shreddies say through extensive testing the carbon cloth could filter odors 200 times the strength of the average flatus emission.

The award-winning healthcare product is particularly useful for sufferers of digestive disorders such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohn’s disease, Colitis and food intolerances.

Don't believe the claims? Test the odorless undies yourself with a sniff.

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Don’t believe the claims? Test the odorless undies yourself with a sniff.

Suitable for men and women the underwear comes in a range of styles and is designed to fit more snugly than conventional underwear.

Women can buy Shreddies in briefs, high-leg briefs or shorties, while men can purchase support boxers, adjustable support boxers, hipsters and briefs.

It has even been reported that soccer player Frank Lampard has worn the underwear, so there is no need to be embarrassed buying them.

In the last few months Shreddies has signed up to sell their product in 11 UK retailers including Fenwicks and Bentalls.

A spokesperson at Shreddies Ltd. said: “Although Shreddies has got cheeky with the new campaign, to many people they still remain very much a healthcare product and have helped so many cope with conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s and food intolerances. But the bottom line is that Shreddies are for everyone, after all, it’s something we all do.

“Flatulence seriously affects millions of people every day and since 2008 Shreddies has been helping those affected increase their quality of life. We have found the answer to help alleviate the most obvious symptom of flatulence…the odors.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/new-line-underwear-filters-farts-article-1.1491756#ixzz2iRHlDr6C

A Litre (Liter) of Light – Innovative Solar Bottle Bulb

In the village of Sitio, Maligaya in San Vicente, San Pedro Laguna, Philippines the houses are built very close together often without windows and with corrugated galvanised iron roofs. This means that the homes are dark even during daylight hours as there are no apertures for light to get in. The people are generally too poor to afford electricity espcially all day as well as night. An innovative way was found to provide light in homes during the day. Enter ‘Sola Demi; a man with a mission to bring light and scatter the darkness during the day. He collects empty lite(liter) plastic bottles, fills them with water and bleach (to keep the water clear for years).C:UsersCharlesDocumentsLoitaLoita Library plan 5 11X17 SECT

 

He drills holes in the roof and installs the full bottles so they partly protrude above and under the roof like a light bulb. Liter of light

The bottles catch and refracts sunlight illuminating the rooms below like a bright electric bulb. Light 3

No other power is needed but sun light power.  Whilst these bottle bulbs only work in sun light, they are still effective and mean home dwellers can have light to see by.This method is much cheaper and easier than installing windows in the roof. Additionally, the water and bleach in the bottle refract light all around the room much more effectively than a window would!

Below is a video demonstrating this clever use of every day materials. Well Done ‘Solar Demi’! 🙂

Philippines Golden Rice GM Crop will be grown soon

GM Rice Samples

The beta-carotene gives the GM rice its distinctive golden colour
 

There has been much controversy over Genetically Modified (GM) crops being grown.

The UK is a leader in genetic research  and the for and against ‘fans’ and critics are equally divided.

I guess only time will tell whether GM is for the good or bad

With the so called ‘golden rice’ to be grown in the Philippines

Scientists in the Philippines are weeks from submitting a genetically modified variety of rice to the authorities for biosafety evaluations.

They claim it could be in the fields within a year, but national regulators will have the final say.

Supporters say it will help the 1.7 million Filipino children who suffer vitamin A deficiency – which reduces immunity and can cause blindness.

But campaigners say “Golden Rice” is a dangerous way to tackle malnutrition.

They say that it threatens the Philippines’ staple food.

“Malnutrition is a broader issue, therefore the solution needs to be broader also”

Dr Chito Medina
MASIPAG (Magsasaka At Siyentipiko Para Sa Pag-Unlad Ng Agrikultura)

Experimental GM Rice being grown

Experimental GM Rice being grown in an enclosure

The fields at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), in Nueva Ecija, just north of Manila, look just like the other thousands of rice paddies that make up the Luzon landscape.

Apart from the tall fences surrounding them, you would never guess they were being used to grow rice that had been genetically modified to produce beta-carotene.

The body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A and scientists estimate that one cup of Golden Rice could provide up to 50% of an adult’s recommended daily intake.

The rice has been engineered so that the precursor chemical is expressed in the edible grain as well as in the non-edible leaves, where it occurs naturally.

Ready to Grow

It has taken scientists more than two decades to boost the beta-carotene in Golden Rice to meaningful levels. But Dr Antonio Alfonso, who leads the project at PhilRice, says the product is now ready.

Speaking to the BBC  World Tonight programme, he said: “My increased confidence comes from the fact that… our data, aside from being mostly available now, are as expected and, therefore, unlikely to raise new questions or concerns on the part of the regulators”.

“But we have to recognise people’s fear. That’s exactly why we have regulation for establishing safety: food safety feed safety, environmental safety, safety to humans, safety to animals, these are all considered in our current regulatory system in the Philippines.”

The stakes are high. Rice is by far the most important crop in the Philippines, with the average Filipino eating 100kg (dry weight) per year.

There are other ways to tackle Vitamin A deficiency, but supporters say Golden Rice is the best
Two thirds of households don’t eat enough to meet their dietary energy needs, and most of the calories they do get come from rice.

Anti-GM campaigners fear Golden Rice threatens the nation’s food security, through as-yet unknown long-term effects on natural varieties resulting from cross-pollination.

Daniel Okompo, sustainable agriculture campaigner for South East Asia at Greenpeace says rice is too precious to tinker with: “Golden Rice is one of our biggest battles to date mainly because it’s our staple. Rice is eaten by more than half of the world’s population every day.

And if you have Golden Rice out there or any genetically modified rice that will eventually contaminate our rice varieties, this is a very big problem, especially for the farmers who don’t want to plant [GM] rice,” he said.

We don’t know how this variety will evolve and that’s why we think it should be contained in laboratories.”

The Only Soultion?

Mr Okompo advocates more government spending on their Organic Agriculture Programme. In fields outside the town of Tayabas in south Luzon, Dr Chito Medina, national coordinator of charity MASIPAG, is working with farmers to improve the diversity of their crops using organic growing techniques.

He argues that a more diverse harvest contains naturally high levels of Vitamin A and other nutrients, making Golden Rice redundant.

“The more important thing is alleviating poverty, providing more diverse seeds to farmers so they can grow more diverse crops and having more diverse food and a more balanced diet. Then there would be no vitamin deficiencies at all.

There are so many natural sources of Vitamin A, especially in tropical countries: almost all green and leafy vegetables, yellow vegetables and fruits like mangos and cantaloupes.”

Dr Medina added: “We have a variety of sweet potato which has five times the level of Vitamin A than there is in Golden Rice. Ecologically, this is more sustainable and it’s the way agriculture should be in the future.

“Economically, it generates more income for farmers because there are fewer expenditures: they don’t have to buy chemical pesticides, fertilisers or seeds.”

The Philippines government has no official position on Golden Rice, pending the results of the forthcoming tests. Through mandatory fortification of flour and voluntary fortification of widely-consumed, cheap products like instant noodles, they’ve already reduced Vitamin A deficiency from 40% of the population in 2003 to 15% in 2008.

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The Best Solution?

The Philippines government has already reduced Vitamin A deficiency through other means.
But Jovita Raval from the National Nutrition Council says the authorities “welcome any strategy that can help with the reduction of malnutrition especially micronutrient deficiencies“.

At the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, south of Manila, where much of the development of Golden Rice took place, Bruce Talantino, its deputy director-general, accepts that it is only one of a variety of strategies for dealing with Vitamin A deficiency.

But he says Golden Rice is still the superior solution: “The problem with the usual attempts to deal with Vitamin A deficiency, which is to provide supplements is that it’s a never ending expense. They eat rice every day and farmers will grow this rice the same way and they will sell it in the same way,” he said.

He rejects allegations that the true purpose of Golden Rice is to serve as a poster boy for an unpopular industry.  Agribusiness giant Syngenta funded much of the research, but Mr Talantino says they don’t stand to profit from fields of Golden Rice.

They have given up the rights to making any money from it. They have signed off their commercialisation rights and given us the license. We’re not doing this for glory, we’re not doing this for money,” he said.

IRRI is a non-profit institution, which is meant for research for the benefit of mankind, always funded by public and government funding. And we’ll continue to do that for as long as we exist.”

We await with interest the outcome of this crucial development that will have repercussions not just in the Philippines but in agriculture world wide.

Absolute Obsolete?!!!

(This blog is still a work in progress, very much so!)

There have been so many things in my lifetime, the last 51 years, which were new innovation, exciting brands, bric-a-brac that we can’t do without but only for them all to end up in the “Dodo Land” where the dinosaurs had gone to have eternal rest too!

In my teens, I used to love going records shopping with my sister, Marilou.  Nowadays, more often than not, the record that you can get is criminal for shop lifting.  LOL

Anyway my sister and I would save some of our allowance and then pool them together at the end of the week and head to Pritil market, where there was a good record shop.  I remember buying the soundtrack album of  Sgt Lonely Heart’s Club Band movie.  My sister and I were really pleased with our purchase, we played and played it till the cows come home and as loud as our record player can manage.

An album is also called a long-playing album or LP or 33 as it has a has 33 1/3 revolutions per minute. Playing an album at a faster speed would make the singer sound like he was on Helium.  That was really

The singles were then also called 45s for having 45 revolutions per minute.  Again if played slow, it sounds funereal.  But would not do that to Leif Garrett.  Leif was “Made for Dancing.”  He was such a dish, a total eye candy.  He was mine, Marilou. 🙂

My father had a collection of the in-between records, the 78 rpm. They were mainly waltz, polkas, brass bands which he collected while he was in Guam  We used to love listening to waltz from the 78 rpm.  The sale or the need for the 78rpm was already obsolete long before Marilou and I started buying our vinyls for our turntable.

A bit of a DiD you know?

The phonograph or gramophone was invented by that great visionary, Thomas Edison in 1877. Mind you at that time there were some devices that had been invented prior to a phonograph. They can record sounds. But Edison’s version was the first to record and then reproduce the sounds afterwards.

This is how it worked according to Wikipedia:

“The recordings played on such a device generally consist of wavy lines that are either scratched, engraved, or grooved onto a rotating cylinder or disc. As the cylinder or disc rotates, a stylus or needle traces the wavy lines and vibrates to reproduce the recorded sound waves.”

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Vinyls were slowly being paced out when the cassette player and cassette tapes came. I remember the first cassette tape I bought was of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. My Lolo (Grandfather) asked me why he has not heard us playing Thriller. He then gave me money to buy the album/tape. He was the sweetest, kindest man and I love him with all my heart!!! I still miss my Lolo.

We had a snazzy cassette player my late Father (the most intelligent man I know) brought back from Saudi Arabia.  It was all silvery with so much buttons that would delight any button and knob fetishist! 😉   With the high-end cassette recorder, my Father also brought home tonnes of ABBA (what is it with men and ABBA?!!!), Dr Hook and gasp 😉 James Last and His orchestra tapes. LOL Probably the reason why my Lolo said to get some Thriller! LOL

I can’t fail also to mention that the tape recorder meant the end for a weekend lie-in in the Philippines.  As soon as 7:oo am my brother, Jonathan, would play his tapes of Queen.  He absolutely adored the band and would play Bohemian Rhapsody at maximum volume over and over.

If we moaned about this antic, he would play Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen

I am so glad the cassette did not last long as it was a traumatic experience to see your favourite tape turned into a mushy mess of reels being spewed by the voracious tape hungry recorder.

It was a red letter day when the compact disc player was intoduced to the market. I was already here in London when we got a CD player. Peter and I were very happy with our new sound system. It was said then that the CD was indestructible. It would last forever and a day. But of course this was old propaganda, wishful thinking. A year after the CD player was bought, the laser reader went and some of my treasured CD started to loop.

Nothing last forever.

Fireworks

New Year in the Philippines

New Year in the Philippines

My husband and I spent Christmas and the New Year in the Philippines.

Peter experienced a “real” New Year fireworks really up close and personal.  I have to admit that fireworks to welcome the New Year in the Philippines can be so frightfully frightening with their overly loud bangs and blazing brightness exacerbated by shots from real firearms.  In fact a young girl was killed by stray bullet this year, which spark gun ownership debate.

Philippines 2013

Philippines 2013

Fireworks originated in China where there was a large deposit of saltpetre (potassium nitrate).  

The first form of firework would probably had been the crackers which was invented in the 7th century China.  The  Chinese crackers held its popularity and still widely used in China of course, LOL, and the rest of its neighbouring Asian countries.

Philippines 2013

Philippines 2013

Fireworks have become an important ingredients to celebrate and commemorate festivals, weddings, birthdays, etc.

 

HenryVIIandElizabethofYorkWeddingbyJosephKronheimApparently the first recorded firework display in England was in 1486 during Henry VII wedding to Elizabeth of York.

The wedding was worthy of a firework display as it brought the end to the War of the Roses by uniting  the Houses of Lancaster and York and thus kick-started the Tudor Dynasty.

 

RADAR

A long-range radar antenna, known as ALTAIR, used to detect and track space objects in conjunction with ABM testing at the Ronald Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll.Radar has become a word in itself. Perhaps many of us do not really know that it was really an acronym and if we do know that it was an acronym, we are not sure what for.

Well let us be reminded. RADAR stands for RA(dio) D(etecting) A(nd) R(anging). It was coined by United States Navy in 1940.

Apparently many nations started working in earnest developing the radar during the Second World War.

As what the word is  commonly known now, the radar system is used for detection, i.e. looking for aircrafts, ships,  UFO, etc.

A radar functions by sending short radio waves which are then reflected back, the result will ascertain the presence, direction and range of what is being investigated or looked for.

Henry Ford

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Often, it is assumed that Henry Ford invented the automobile.

What he actually did was to ensure that many of middle-income Americans would be able to afford to buy an automobile.  Ford developed and manufactured reasonably priced cars for the masses, thereby revolutionising transportation and ultimately the American industry.

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“Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”
– Henry Ford
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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
―Henry Ford

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Don’t find fault.  Find a remedy.
~Henry Ford

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“History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history that we make today.”
– Henry Ford (Chicago Tribune, 1916).

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It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
– Henry Ford
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Luck and destiny are the excuses of the world’s failures.
– Henry Ford

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it not small jobs.
– Henry Ford
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”Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford