Afternoon good people,
my Father told me the following story but I’ve never been able to verify it and wondered if anyone could provide a cite?
Just after the Second World War RR were sent a beautiful laquered box by one of the big Japanese industrial combines, Mitsubishi possibly. Inside the box was a standard sewing needle with a hole drilled longitudinally along it’s axis.
Rolls Royce then returned the gift complete with a needle that fitted inside the first again with a hole drilled all the way along it’s axis.
Nothing more was heard from the Japanese.
Now the reason this may have some truth to it is that my Dad had just finished a bronze bust of Barnes Wallis for a Medical Institute in Bath and he strook me a an Engineer’s Engineer and not given to flights of fancy.
Can anyone shed any light?