Recent projects and things in the
I have just finished
writing a book about string, to be published in the string, sorry,
String: Unravel the Secrets of a Little Ball of Twine can be
pre-ordered now on Amazon.co.uk
My latest television
How Britain was Built -
will be broadcast on the
from 26 January 2009. This covers four cities - Edinburgh,
Liverpool, Bristol, and Newcastle, and looks at some of the
extraordinary buildings and other artefacts, plus of course the stories
behind them - some more believable than others. Near Edinburgh I painted
the Forth Bridge; in Liverpool I rang the heaviest hanging bell in the
world; in Bristol I found out how America got its name; and in Newcastle
I rode on not only a tank but also Locomotion, a replica of one of
George Stephenson's engines.
In October 2008 I presented a
programme about Dr Beeching and the railways, which was broadcast on BBC
The Cosmos - A Beginner's Guide,
was published in 2007 and the BBC2 series of the same name ran for
six weeks from Tuesday 7th August. See my
TV and Books pages for more
I also acted as
editorial consultant for the vast new history book published by
Full details can be found on my Books page.
There's also a review from
The Times and an
article I've written regarding the book in
Local History Magazine.
My series How London was built
was shown on ITV London in 2006
and repeated on the
See my TV page for further details.
I have two other books
that have recently been published - Just Another Day and Taking the Piss. See my Books
page for more details.
I write frequent
articles for newspapers and magazines; many are printed on my
Articles page and
also fronted the HMRC 'Tax doesn't have to be taxing campaign'. I
was fired by HMRC in January 2008, and my place was taken by the
much sexier Moira Stuart.