I will admit that for many years I dreamt of being Maggie Philbin or Philippa Forrester and present TV science programmes. So I leapt at the chance when I was asked to appear with Dr Michael Mosely on a BBC programme celebrating the invention of the telephone, ‘The Genius of Invention’ (BBC Two).
On arrival “on set” it was fabulous to see BT’s network control centre in Oswestry, Shropshire, looking so 007-ish, having had a makeover from the BBC lighting team. Oswestry is both the eyes and the ears of the UK’s communications network. It ensures every one of the five billion calls passing over BT’s “core” network every month gets through to their intended destinations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – whether you are ringing your aunt in Sydney or a contact centre in Sidcup. [Read more...]