I wasn't always an author and I wasn't always a mummy. Twelve years ago I was an accountant in the space industry.
I worked for a company now known as EADS Astrium who employ thousands of people in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. They make satellites, the things that make your telly and mobile phone work. The things that help to keep our soldiers safe.
The reason I'm mentioning this today is that the BBC showed a programme last night called How to Build a Satellite that features EADS Astrium and illustrates that it's not all doom and gloom out there. UK engineering is not dead, this part of it is going from strength to strength. Europeans can get on with each other and get the job done to an excellent standard. Not all the cool jobs are for the boys either.
Here's the link to BBC iPlayer if you fancy and hour of inspiration. My children were inspired - who'd have thought you needed gold and had to grow your own crystals to build a satellite?
And yes, I have worn the dodgy clean room hat and boot combo!