• Short Summary

    A LONDON CLOCKMAKERS HAS STOPPED WORK ON A SPECIAL CLOCK ORDERED BY GHANA BECAUSE, SAYS THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE FIRM HAS NOT BEEN FULLY PAID FOR EARLIER WORK FOR GHANA.

  • Description

    A LONDON CLOCKMAKERS HAS STOPPED WORK ON A SPECIAL CLOCK ORDERED BY GHANA BECAUSE, SAYS THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE FIRM HAS NOT BEEN FULLY PAID FOR EARLIER WORK FOR GHANA. MR. GEOFFREY BUGGINS SAID HIS FIRM HAD ALREADY MADE ONE CLOCK INCORPORATING PRESIDENT NKRUMAH'S HEAD IN BRONZE. BUT, SINCE GHANA BROKE DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH BRITAIN OVER THE RHODESIA CRISIS, HE HAS NOT BEEN PAID FOR EXTRAS ON THE FIRST CLOCK.

    MR. BUGGINS SAID THAT WORK ON THE SECOND CLOCK FACE, WHICH WILL JOIN THE FIRST ONE ON THE NEW ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN STATES BUILDING IN ACCRA, HAD ONLY BEEN TEMPORARILY STOPPED. HE SAID HE WAS NOT SURE WHEN WORK WOULD BE RESUMED, BUT IT MIGHT HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS HAD BEEN RESTORED. THE ACTION WAS A NORMAL COMMERCIAL SAFEGUARD AND HAD NO POLITICAL IMPLICATION, SAID MR. BUGGINS.

    THE FIRM, WHICH HAS BEEN MAKING CLOCKS FOR 225 YEARS, IS THE OLDEST OF ITS KIND IN LONDON. IT IS ALSO WORKING ON CLOCKS ORDERED BY SIERRA LEONE AND NIGERIA. ALSO IN THE WORKSHOPS IS A REPRODUCTION OF A CLOCK BUILT BY AN ITALIAN CRAFTSMAN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST COMPLEX CLOCK MECHANISMS EVER FOUND, AND THE REPRODUCTION WILL BE SENT TO AN AMERICAN COMPUTER COMPANY. ANOTHER REPRODUCTION BEING BUILT IN THE WORKSHOPS IS OF AN ASTROLABE, AN INSTRUMENT ONCE USED TO MEASURE ALTITUDE. IT WAS ORDERED BY THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE IN WASHINGTON.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9GASGNEG3M3FP80R2EJS2LN94
    Media URN:
    VLVA9GASGNEG3M3FP80R2EJS2LN94
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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