Following where my satnav leads

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Well I’ll say this for my satnav – it’s taken me to places I’d never have seen without it. In the old days if I wanted to get from A to B, I’d get out my road atlas and plot what seemed to be the most obvious route between the two. I’d have no idea whether I’d picked the best … Read More

A climate of despair?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

At a recent climate change conference David Attenborough told world leaders, ‘Time is running out. The continuation of civilisations and the natural world is in your hands.’   Now like many people I try to take seriously my responsibility to look after the planet – I recycle everything I can, I compost my peelings and tea bags, and last year … Read More

The danger of giving up too soon

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Had Thomas Brinley renewed a patent he might have become very rich and very famous. It was 1961 and he had invented the world’s first digital timepiece. He took out a patent on his invention to stop anyone from copying it, but sadly didn’t have the facilities to fulfil an order to produce 20 of the clocks in time for … Read More