Monthly Archives: May 2012

Thames Clipper

A few pictures from a round trip on one of the Thames Clipper ferry services. This was an exceptionally warm afternoon in May 2012 a week before the rainy Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the same river! The Thames Clipper service is a nice way to travel along the river from Westminster end, out as far as Woolwich arsenal. For the stretches after Tower Bridge, the speed is de-restricted and these powerful boats really rip along the water – there is an amazing deceleration as the engines are cut on approach to each pier.

Well worth a trip on one – work one into your schedule for a day’s sightseeing – or even buy two tickets for the round trip and stay on the boat the whole time, admiring the views.










Here are some videos to show the speed of the Clipper when not under speed restriction:

Clipper (1)

Clipper (2)

Clipper (3)

More TV … brace yourselves

As part of a new BBC4 series on Measurement, a film crew has been working at NPL, filming various items for the three hour-long episodes. The presenter of the series is Marcus du Sautoy, and he and the film crew spend some time with me in the dimensional metrology laboratories, filming some interviews and some interesting items of equipment.

Marcus du Sautoy and me, with Nanosurf 4

Marcus inspects Nanosurf 4

The series aired on BBC4 in early summer 2013 as the 3 part series ‘Precision: the measure of all things’.

Fortunately for the viewing public, my scenes were left on the cutting room floor 🙂 Apparently they filmed far too much to be included and had to perform severe edits to fit the running time.

You lucky people…!