Byte Night

It’s been a while… since I posted here. Habits broken are hard to rebuild but enough of that. The point is: On the 5th of October I’ll be sleeping out in Blythswood Square, Glasgow as part of ‘Byte Night’ – for …


Disenchanted

How British science broke off its love affair with a once adoring public – well with one of them at least. This is the text of a speech I gave to the “Generation Science Club” at the Edinburgh Science Festival… It …


The Making of Media Monsters

You have to understand” Jim Moir, the former Controller of Radio 2 and BBC light entertainment once told me “they drink a different brew With the evidence stacked high against Jimmy Savile and the pressure growing on the BBC to …


The play is the thing

This article first appeared in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) on 13/07/2012 page 42 As Tottenham smouldered in August last year, there was a lot of handwringing over the part that newtechnology played in corrupting the young. But while the …


London 2012

There’s a wiry chap called Tim Gill; about forty, wears glasses. He’s a serious and intense sort. A man on a mission, touring the lecture circuit. His specialism is quite literally child’s play. He starts every lecture the same way. …