John C Taylor

My Vision

As an inventor you never stop thinking of new projects to take on. I always keep ideas stored at the back of my mind until they become useful. But as I always say, the ideas are the easy bit. It’s the practical embodiment that’s difficult. You have to limit the amount of things you try and tackle otherwise you’ll never achieve anything.

There are two fun ideas that I have on the back burner at the moment. One of them is a solar cooker that would be used in developing countries. At the moment people in these countries burn wood, which has a harmful effect on the environment, so I want to create something that will help them prepare food in an easier, more sustainable way.

The other is a sundial that reads every second of the day. You’ll be able to see the rotation of the Earth just by looking at the sundial. I hope that one day there will be a sundial outside somewhere where children can look at it and literally see the earth revolving.

Interesting Facts

Thousands of years ago in the Middle East, a random genetic mutation caused a group of grapes to spontaneously abort their own seeds before the seeds could develop hard casings. The result: seedless grapes. To reproduce the fruit, a farmer simply cloned the vine — meaning that all seedless grapes today are direct descendants of that one mutated grape vine.

Latest News

Historic Clock Exhibition Hosted at Bonhams

Two private clock collectors have collaborated to stage an outstanding exhibition of early English clocks at the prestigious venue of Bonhams, New Bond Street, London in September. The exhibition will also feature third party loans, including contributions from the Science Museum, the Clockmakers’ Company and the Collection of the 5th Lord Harris from Belmont House, amongst others.    However, given that the majority of clocks are privately owned, the specimens on display are very rarely in the public eye.  Indeed, what makes the exhibition particularly exciting is that many of the clocks are being displayed together, almost certainly for the… read more

Interesting Quotes

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt