The night of the 22nd of May, I’d gone out with some friends in the evening, only had a couple drinks and got home early. I was in bed by 11pm. At just after 5 the next morning, I heard one of our cats jump down from my little son’s bed in his room right […]
Hatshepsut was pharaoh from 1479–1458 BCE during the 18th Dynasty of ancient Egypt and arguably the first great female ruler in recorded history. Though there were female rulers before Hatshepsut, it isn’t always entirely clear whether some ruled in their own right, whether they acted as co-regent with their father, husband or son or whether […]
This morning I woke up to see yet another woman being attacked with horrendous abuse and rape threats on Twitter. My first reaction was despair. “Not again. Will this never stop?” Before I made myself feel defeated by ignorant morons, I got down on my floor and did some push-ups. I ended up doing 100, […]
Thank you to everyone who voted for Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s discovery of pulsars in the Great British Innovation vote. She came #4. Amazing! Several weeks ago Roger Highfield from the London Science Museum got in touch with me to ask if I’d like to take part in the Great British Innovation vote. He sent me […]
There seems to be something very exciting in the zeitgeist at the moment. Lots of different people from different areas seem to be thinking the same things. People are tired of the “cynicism” “pessimism” “criticising” and instead are calling for more “creativity” “art” or simply asking others just to “do something“. 2013 is clearly about […]
Skip ahead to the translation here. I’ve added some notes about this to my Posterous I’ve been learning Egyptian hierogylphs for nearly a year now at the Egypt Exploration Society in London. So far I’ve only translated texts provided by my course tutor that have been either texts from monuments or specially written texts to […]
Electric Dreams starts on the 29th of September, 9pm on BBC4. Here are a few photos I took during filming… My desk (click for larger pics) with Star Wars, Mr T, Scully, Beetlejuice, Pee-Wee Herman figures, a PacMan table top game, a Little Professor and a guy made out of Lego by my son: One […]
Brian’s in the middle of filming a big new series for the BBC. I decided to do this post now to gather up the info, images and video that are trickling out on the web. First, Brian is Twittering from everywhere he films. He’s also taking loads of photographs. Here are just a few. In […]
George- after my grandfather Albert- after Brian’s grandfather Eagle- after the first lunar lander.
If you’ve not been following me on Twitter, then you may not have seen that Brian and I had our baby at 1.20am, Tuesday the 26th. His name is George. Other names tbc.
I’m getting very tired, finding it more difficult to move and am looking forward to the day when I once again have abominal muscles I can actually use. :) This morning I was trapped on the sofa as I was leaning back a bit and our cat, Rocky, decided to sit on my chest. I […]
I’ve not been blogging much lately as my life has gone crazy. Along with being pregnant, I’ve sold my house, am looking for a new place to rent (I have to move out by middle of Feb. gulp) and I’ve been filming a new tv programme for BBC4. Along with all of that, I’m still […]
Last year I did a run-down of my year and thought I’d do the same again this year.