Friday, 25 April 2014
Blimey Charlie, it's been a while hasn't it? I figured it was about time I said hello to all you lovely people who helped to make Constable Colgan's Connectoscope happen. And it's about time I brought y'all up to speed on what's going on in Connectoscope Land.
I've been extraordinarily busy since the book came out. Apart from working on the new series of QI and The Museum of Curiosity, I've also been doing the odd bit of research for the second series of Dave Gorman's brilliant Modern Life is Goodish and working on a TV project of my own ... which brings me to some news.
My next book will be something of a departure from my usual fare. In the past 12 months I've been up and down the country doing a talk called The Skeptical Bobby. Although it was necessarily autobiographical, the main thrust of the show was talking about the more unusual and unorthodox areas of policing that I was once involved in. For 12 years I was part of a specialist team at Scotland Yard that used innovative ideas and creative thinking to tackle problems that didn't respond to traditional policing methods. We used lollipops to deal with noisy nightclubs. We used wizards to tackle street gambling. We used dog shows to stop young men killing each other. And it worked. People felt safer in their homes, crime rates dropped and stronger links were forged between the police and the community. My new book will tell the story of the Problem Solving Unit, as we were called, and will also be a guide to how any problem - no matter how serious - has every chance of being solved if you approach it methodically and scientifically ... and with a little bit of inspiration.
I performed The Skeptical Bobby nearly 80 times at events all over the UK including the Harrogate Crime Festival, Hay, Latitude, Salon, Cornbury, QEDCon (where Richard Dawkins said very nice things about it), CreatEd, the Edinburgh Fringe and many, many Skeptics at the Pub meets. And, wherever I went, people asked me if was writing a book about it. Well, now I am. And there's a big name expressing possible interest in a TV series based on the stories.
So, watch this space for more news!
In the meantime, any honest reviews - good or bad - that you can give on websites selling Connectoscope would be most helpful.