The Big Bang Science And Engineering Fair

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

THE BIG BANG - Science and Engineering Fair

Date: 24th June 2013


Going up to the Yorkshire Air Museum to officially open The Big Bang – a UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair.  Have a look at this link.

Delighted to be doing so although I was useless at Science at School. Yet, fate decreed that my first job was as a Junior Secretary in the BBC Science Unit in Broadcasting House. I’d not been in the job very long when the Senior Secretary left and I filled her shoes (though still on the Junior Grade of S4 – good old days). Actually it was a very interesting time for me and though some of the scripts I typed were a bit above my head, many subjects were interesting and gratifying. I remember typing the script for a programme where some eminent scientist had isolated the Chromosome which led to the condition of Downe’s Syndrome.

My Boss, the lovely Dr. Archie Clow (an Aberdonian with the most lovely voice and accent) took me to the British Association for Advancement of Science Conference which was held in Oxford. Most of the talks were way over my head but I do remember the end of Conference luncheon when the eminent speakers had been droning on forever. Finally one of the most important of the speakers got up and said that as we’d already heard from various speakers at length he was going to heed the advice given to him when he was a young man – ‘The Art of Good Speech Making is to Stand up to be Seen, Speak up to be heard, and Sit down to be appreciated’ and with that he sat and didn’t deliver his speech for which I think we were all very grateful.

Dr. Clow took me for my first ‘grown up’ dinner at a restaurant called The Elizabeth and I even remember what I had to eat – Trout with almonds served on a rectangular plate.

Decades later during my newsreading days, I received a letter from a solicitor telling me that Dr. Clow had left me some money in his Will in order to buy a piece of jewellery by which to remember him. I bought a very unusual gold ring and think of him everytime I wear it.

Then again decades after my secretarial days with the Beeb and after a lengthy sojourn in Australia, I returned to the UK and began a career in Television which has lasted for 5 decades. In the early days I auditioned for and won the role of a presenter on a programme called ‘Tom Tom’ which was a junior edition of ‘Tomorrow’s World’ – so there I was again dealing with engineering and scientific subjects and thoroughly enjoying it all. My co-presenters were Norman Tozer and John Earle. John went filming in Tibet and brought me back a prayer wheel which I still have to this day.

I wonder what became of them both.

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