O! His dad is a patent lawyer

BBC NEWS | UK | Youngest inventor patents broom
A five-year-old boy is thought to be the UKs youngest person to patent an idea after inventing a labour-saving broom to help his father sweep leaves.
Sam Houghton, of Buxton, Derbyshire, was just three when he came up with a double-headed broom to collect large debris and fine dust simultaneously.
After passing the rigorous patenting process, his idea is now protected from anyone who might copy it.

I heard this story on 5Live this morning. The boy was apparently only 3 when he invented the broom.  Amazing. Then I heard that his father is an expert in patent law. At that point the story lost something. Am I just being cynical?

BBC – North Yorkshire – Sony Award Nomination

Bedtime StoriesBBC – North Yorkshire – Entertainment – The Best Bedtime Book

Last year, BBC Radio York ran a Bedtime Stories Writing Competition. The standard of the entries was so high, we’ve created a book out of the top eight, which we’re selling to raise money for Children in Need. Here’s how you can get hold of one.

My old radio station has been nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award for their Bedtime Stories in the Multiplatform section.

Congratulations to the team, and all the best on the awards nights in the glittering setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

I think the highlight of my BBC career was standing on the stage there to receive the Sony Gold Award in the Community section for our service during the Floods of 2000.