I never knew the icon of the ’60s was made in Britain

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When I think about the ’60s I think of Barbarella, psychedelia and lounges with an ever-present lava lamp.

I love lava lamps, always have done, and one moved with me from Portsmouth to university and then to a number of houses before I broke it.

I always assumed they were an American invention, maybe because of how frivolous they are.

So I was surprised to learn late last week that the inventor of the original Mathmos lava lamp came up with the idea in a pub in the New Forest.

The company is still based in Poole and is celebrating 50 years since Edward Craven Walker developed his first lava lamp.

I hope they carry on hypnotising people for a long time.