Painting by LowryHere we feature inspiring stories about 'HARD TIMES'. Stories of where industrious people have made do with the very little they have and often made something quite amazing from nothing. And changed our lives too - Often for the better but sometmes for the worst. We look at these stories here with an open mind. Be inspired by these stories and build something better from what you have, for you and others close to you.

HARD TIMES? ..... was it really that bad?

Yes, it truly was that bad for so many and so good for some. Stories of rich and poor, happiness and desperation, wellbeing and un-imaginal agony! The story goes on and our industrial heritage is as alive as ever - For good or evil - This is 'The New Industrial Revolution'.


QuoteLife has a terrible way of kicking us when we’re down. And just when we think we can’t fall any lower, we get kicked again. Here are some great quotes about how to overcome those difficult times. Please remember that setbacks, failures and even tragedy are a part of our everyday life. Finding joy and success in the daily struggle of our lives is hugely dependent on our ability to persevere through the toughest adversity without ever giving up!

Fred DibnahFrederick "Fred" Dibnah MBE (28 April 1938 – 6 November 2004) was born in Bolton. He was an English steeplejack and a popular television personality. He had a keen interest in mechanical engineering, especially old industrial machinery. At the time of Fred Dibnah's birth, Great Britain relied almost entirely on coal to fuel its massive industry.

The Rover SD1 is an industrial classic. It was created and built by the now defunct British Leyland. A miracle that it ever came into reality and true a classic that was owned and cherished by so many! But what happened to this icon of British engineering? Here we look at the bitter tale of two sides - The good and the bad. And why this classic car created by a counrty with brilliant engineering skills and industrial ability all went so wrong.

Charles DickensCharles Dickens was born on February 7 1812, and lived the first nine years of his life in Kent, UK. His father was a likeable man, however he was incompetent with money and piled up huge debts. At nine years old, his family moved to London, and after three years, his father was arrested and taken to debtors’ prison.

Lowry ArtLaurence Stephen Lowry (1 November 1887 – 23 February 1976) was an exceptional English artist. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, Lancashire, where he lived and painted for over 40 years. He also painted and drew Salford and the surrounding areas.

Old FactoryIn the latter years of the 18th century and throughout the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution had a huge impact on the homes and lives of the middle class. For the first time household decor items such as crockery, glass, textiles, wallpaper and furniture were made industrially at affordable prices. Many styles of furnishings were published in the new and popular home decor magazines.

Cambodia MapIndustrious to destruction to industrious.

Cambodian history is complex and tortured. The good, the bad and the downright ugly is a simple way to sum it all up!  Life was favourable in the early years, culminating in the huge Angkor empire, unrivalled in the region during its four centuries of dominance. Then then bad times started when in the 13th century ascendant neighbours steadily chipped away at the small Cambodian empire. By the 20th century it became downright ugly, as a brutal civil war culminated in the evil genocidal rule of the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1978. To this day Cambodia is still recovering from that terrible time.


We have many ideas for stories of hardship, and here are some of the topics we will explore. But, we want to hear of your hardship stories, that ended is a positive way through being industrious. If you haven't got one, then add your ideas and comments about these we have in mind.

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