Goodbye to All That …

The house where I grew up, where my family has lived for 47 years is about to go on the market. It’s where my sister and I fought over a bright orange Dansette, to play our first LPs ; Cat Stevens (me) or Led Zepplin (Nicks). It’s where we swotted for our O and A...

Feeding my soul …

One of the fabulous things about heading up TeenTech is the way it brings me into contact with so many great people. Firstly, the teenagers who constantly amaze with their sharp and fresh approach. In our recent TeenTech Awards, the finalists stunned everyone at The...

What the Olympics did for me …

I’m really enjoying the Olympics – a superb success – not only for the athletes but for the people who planned, built and delivered the sites on time. The 2012 Olympics have a real resonance for me because it was standing on a Hackney rooftop  in Dec...

Dr Philbin will see you now ;-)

I’ve a very proud moment coming up on Thursday when De Montfort University, in my home city will award me an Honorary Doctorate in technology. It’s a real thrill and I’m very flattered. I grew up in Leicester and from a sixteen year old’s...

Hard hats and Trim phones

You’ll have to forgive the murky pictures but I’ve had a fabulous experience this week. One of the real perks of the job. I was invited to explore the BT Tower, a building that has real resonance for me. As a kid, I watched it being built and was...

The World Tomorrow

I had a great experience just before Christmas. I sat in a studio with a group of enthusiastic young scientists to record an updated radio version of Tomorrow’s World for 5Live. It’s set for transmission tonight at 9.30 pm and will be repeated on New Years day at 9pm....