Photo from the RAF museum at Hendon (North London). All pics to follow later.
- Great collection, but the layout is not great. Very little context (something the Museum of Flight at Boeing is very good at)
- Some good 1940s stuff – German, Italian, British and USAAC. No US Navy stuff, but that’s to be expected I suppose
- Finally saw a B-17 – (G model). Had a little life-size diorama of the crew boarding and a Jeep. Very nicely done. Odd observation: In Seattle museums, they have pictures of B-17s all over, but no B-17. There is one in London. In London, Concorde references all over, but no Concorde, that is in Seattle.
- Good displays of ordnance, especially retired stuff like JP233 and a high speed nuclear bomb. Also a Grand Slam, which was pretty big
- Vulcan was just awesome – the wing seems to cover the entire room.
- Some colonial war stuff too – sycamore for example.
- Best display: Toss up between the EE Lightning and the Tornado.
- It really was not that much in town. Friday it barely covered the ground, Saturday ther was a little build up – maybe an inch or so.
- Apparently EGLL had major cover – 6 inches which closed the taxiways and runway, but by the time we leave (Wednesday), we will probably be OK.
- The streets were very slippery – no salt/sand or anything, even on Oxford and Regents streets.
- There seems to be no rule here about people clearing ice from the front of their houses/businesses.
- The underground was unbelievably packed. We had to let a couple of trains go because we didn’t fit.
- Girls here don’t understand that when it’s cold you should wear something more than short skirts and stockings.
Natural History Museum
- My first visit – Ilda had read about it in a book, so she said it would be a good visit.
- Awesome, highly recommended. Fossil collection was amazing.
- The mammals collection was old-school – all mounted taxidermy. But very well done. Lots of cool little creatures I have never seen.
- Very good food here.
- There is a mechatronic T-rex which was just great. The motion was incredibly smooth and natural looking. It was a big hit with the crowd.
- Took tons of photos, will post later.
- There was an amazing interactive video exhibit on eyewitness memory that just hit all the main points. Really showed off how and why eyewitness memory s not reliable.
- The building itself was amazing: 1800’s-lets-spend-serious-colonial-money sort of stuff. Tiny detailed carvings everywhere, painted ceilings, the whole bit.
- Been here a couple of times before, but this time took my camera.
- WHY A PSYCHOANALYSIS EXHIBIT ARE YOU NOT A SCIENCE MUSEUM FOR HEAVENS SAKE IT IS A PSEUDOSCIENCE ZOMG TOTAL FAIL
- The psychoanalysis exhibit was just crap. Mostly wierd modern art and some photos of analyst’s offices. There was a big pile of red wangs, that when illuminated in the correct way, cast the shadow of two faces. But nothing on the actual stuff. Nothing about who was Freud, what are the main components of the theories, how the talking cure works, nothing. It was all mystification mumbo-jumbo. It was just awful, especially compared to the other high quality exhibits. So wrong on so many levels.
- Great collection of clocks and watches. Cool brass stuff.
- What a good aviation collection – small, but all historical stuff, focused on the British industry.
- Very impressive collection of aero engines.
- Crappy food. But I was falling asleep from jetlag at the time, so I varely noticed.