If you are a science fiction reader, you might like to know that last Saturday was also the centenary of the birth of Sir Arthur C Clarke.
I am not normally a fan of the Day of This, the Week of That or the Year of The Other, but I have to say that the Year of Engineering, which launches in January, could, if it achieves its aims, be very worthwhile. Back in the heyday of the British Empire, people like Isambard Kingdom Brunel were almost superstars, yet they were engineers, not chefs, research scientists or boybands! The founders of the firm I worked for most of my life, George Croydon Marks and Dugald Clerk, were likewise engineers, and Marks became a Baron, whilst Clerk was knighted. Nowadays in England, engineers are nowhere near as highly regarded, and yet engineering, of various sorts, is fundamental to the functioning of our society. I understand that the status of engineers in Germany is far higher, and look at the standing of their economy. Anything which raises the profile and status of engineering must be good.
And finally, I expect that my next blog will not surface until after Christmas, and so I will take the opportunity now to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, whatever your faith, gender, nationality or political affiliation.
Good will to all