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Welcome to my web site. This is just a bit of fun for me, with no motive beyond learning a bit of HTML and letting you know something about myself. However, some people have found some of it useful. Feel free to contact me with your comments.
My leisure interests include cycling, food & drink, astronomy and doing up my 1930s house. I've written pages about some of these, and intend to write more when time allows. I've also webmastered a few pages for my partner Sarah.
I work at the BBC's engineering Research & Development department. It's a fascinating place to work, with a long history of great achievements. A lot of what we do is invisible to the general public, but I did once get my name in the credits of a TV programme. More recently I've helped save the BBC's archives — I invented the world's best PAL decoder, which has been used for many of the BBC's recent DVD releases, and did a lot of work on the "reverse standards conversion" process used to recover "lost" episodes of Dr. Who from NTSC tapes. The latter was nominated for the 2005 Digital Preservation Award.
You may have read newspaper articles in recent years about the reorganisation / relocation of the research department. This has been in progress since 2004, with frequent changes of direction, new plans, resurrection of old plans and general confusion. Just when it looked certain that I would be relocating from Kingswood Warren to the BBC's White City building (London W12) early in 2009, my new top boss, Erik Huggers, announced a "pause" in the process while he considered other options.
Finally, on 9th July 2009, we were told that we are definitely moving to "Centre House block D" between 4th January and 16th February 2010. My last day at Kingswood Warren was actually the 19th February.
Disclaimer: these are my personal views and not those of the BBC.
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