“Saving Bletchley Park”, New York roasting, Cheltenham Literary Festival, Raspberry Pi, GCHQ and “Women in the World”

I’ve had a fabulous last couple of weeks, here are some of the highlights, in pictures. No wonder I’m tired ๐Ÿ˜‰

I received and started making the final changes to my “Saving Bletchley Park” manuscript



I got to have a great catchup there with the wonderful Vanessa Vallely



I met Elaine Finn and after a couple of glasses of wine at the reception we decided to take a daring selfie ๐Ÿ˜‰



After the BBC event finished a few of us went for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚


My lovely son Olly and DiL Tony made a fab family lunch


My grandson Felix took a liking to mushrooms


The next day I flew to New York


..and found myself upgraded to business class! Woohoo, thanks British Airways ๐Ÿ™‚


My awesome friend Kelly took me to MOMA and I got to check out the Warhol exhibition


Wow! It was so incredible to be in the same room as these iconic pics


Kelly and I took some colourful selfies in the MOMA garden


I roasted my great friend J Kelly Hoey at her 50th birthday party in New York.


I took some blurred selfies as I was crossing 6th Avenue


I worked on (amongst other things) the acknowledgements for my book “Saving Bletchley Park”ย at Gimme Coffee in Brooklyn


Coincidentally my friend Martin was in New York with his wife and goddaughter, so we met up for dinner at Soho House, then another coincidence my friend Judith happened to be there too, so we caught up too ๐Ÿ™‚


I had a lovely breakfast in Brooklyn with my awesome friend @ctrouper


I stayed at an Airbnb in Brooklyn near Hewes Street subway ๐Ÿ™‚


The morning after the night before, a massive breakfast with birthday girl Kelly (I can’t believe she’s 50!) and Kelly’s friend Devon, another awesome woman ๐Ÿ™‚


Kelly and I went for a stroll in Central Park to burn off a few calories from breakfast and happened upon a wedding taking place on the bridge in Central Park. How romantic! They were English too ๐Ÿ™‚


Kelly and me in central Park


My favourite place for BBQ is Virgils in NYC, I have dinner there at least once every trip ๐Ÿ™‚


Virgils BBQ – โค


Through twitter I met up with Gem Barrett, we had a great dinner at Virgils and then took some drunken selfies in Times Square ๐Ÿ™‚



After 5 days in NYC I was so happy to get home to my family, especially Cheeky, my youngest daughter


The next day I was off to Cheltenham Literary Festival to chair a panel on “Navigating our 24/7 culture”


On the panel were Annette Karmiloff Smith and Michael Acton Smith, we were introduced by the fabulous Isabella from Cheltenham Ladies College.


A couple of days later I went to Cambridge for the day, on the tube on the way there I bumped into my lovely friend Mex aka @anniemole


I had a great meeting at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge to discuss setting up and leading a #womenintech Centre of Excellence at Lucy Cavendish ๐Ÿ™‚


While I was in the area I nipped in to see mates at the Raspberry Pi Foundation: Carrie Anne Philbin @missphilbin and Philip Colligan ๐Ÿ™‚


It chucked it down on the walk back to the station ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I checked in on Swarm and found myself being tweeted by Microsoft Research offering me an umbrella! I was delighted to accept.


That night my daughter Emma treated me and Cheeky to dinner, it was great to catch up ๐Ÿ™‚


The next day I was off to Cheltenham again, this time to give a talk at GCHQ! I had a great day, met lots of interesting people and bumped into Sir Dermot Turing who was signing hundreds of copies of his book “Prof” about his uncle Alan Turing ready for his book launch the next day.


When I got back to London I met up with my mate Steve Hills and we went to a fun private do at L’Escargot in Soho organised by Stephen Colegrave. Mitch from Unbounders read out a couple of “Letters of Note” with his usual great comic timing ๐Ÿ™‚


The next day I had a bit of a break to take my grandson for a walk by the Thames ๐Ÿ™‚


I was excited to get a press pass for the Women in the World event at Cadogan Hall, London, as I turned up on the first night celebs were getting their pics taken on the red carpet ๐Ÿ™‚


There were so many great women there, onstage and off. Google “Women in the World” to see some of the incredible talks. So inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚


Sarah Gavron and Meryl Streep discussing their film Suffragette, out tomorrow, i cant wait to see it!


Ursula von der Leyn, German defence minister was amazing, 7 children and making great changes in German politics. Incredible role model for us all.


It was great to get a chance to catch up with my lovely friend Ann O’Dea who runs Silicon Republic in Dublin ๐Ÿ™‚


…and awesome to catch up again with Lauren Boyle – European Digital Girl of the Year 2014 – and her mum Tania ๐Ÿ™‚


…and what an absolute honour to meet and get a selfie with the “Dagenham Girls” ๐Ÿ™‚


Just showing off my press pass, and blue nail varnish ๐Ÿ˜‰


I was also featured that day on the cover of the Autumn issue of the London South Bank University magazine, I’m speaking there next month.


I bought quite a bit of wool in New York, I couldn’t help myself! The first thing I made was this jacker for my grandson, hope it fits…i need to get some buttons…


At the weekend we visited Polesden Lacey National Trust property in Surrey, its an incredible house and gardens, highly recommended


Here we are outside the house


Did you enjoy that? Me too, let’s go and get a cup of tea…


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