Public Transport is Hell: Another Halloween Special

It was almost a dark and stormy night, almost a perfect night to take up the challenge emblazoned on the leaflet: “Dare you enter the museum?”  Perfect night or not, my friends and I took up the mantel anyway. The museum in question was a local one that I have never been to before: The…

Smallpox and the Supernatural: The Very Strange Case of Edward Jenner

Another Halloween Special: This Adventure takes us out of the safe comfortable environs to which I have grown accustomed, to a place far, far away into deepest Berkeley, in Gloucester, where there lurks a ghost in the attic… Before we get to the juicy – if transparent – details, let us fill in the background…

Halloween Special 2: The Curse of the Mummies

The early 1930s, London was gripped in the linen-wrapped thrall of a veritable mummy-mania. Rumours of mummy curses were rife and many of them, unsurprisingly, circling around British Museum. These things happen when you display lots of dead bodies. I wouldn’t be so keen on tourists and school-groups gawping at my corpse. There are two…

Halloween Museums Special: The Hunterian Museum

It was a chill day at the close of October that our intrepid adventurer and his unflappable companion, Imogen, chose to delve beyond the facade of the Royal College of Surgeons and discover the secrets that lie within, come what may. Once through the chrome and glass barriers we ascend to the lair of the…

One Man and His (Robot) Dog

As part of their quaint but quirky Doctor Who in Comics exhibit, the Cartoon Museum had an extra special visitor today; a Time Lord’s best friend, the one, the only… K9! “Hang on a minute…” I hear you ask, “Didn’t you see K9 recently? There was a picture when you were at that robot thing,…

All we hear is…RADIO GAGA!

You wouldn’t believe the amount of self restraint it has taken to not shoe-horn in some song lyrics somewhere as yet. This has changed for this post because of one very important reason… I was on the wireless today! And it (for lack of a better, less over-used and generic phrase) ROCKED. You can listen…

We, Robots

When dealing with Robots, there are three things to keep in mind at all times: 1)      A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction allow a human being to come to harm. 2)      A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders conflict with the First…

From Digging Family Trees Up to a Right Royal Knees-Up

Or, how I started to investigate my family’s big claim to fame. I’m pretty sure that it is a truth universally acknowledged that every family has a story or two (or in the case of the more interesting ones, maybe even three) that harkens back to a glorious moment in the history of the clan….

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

“If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise/If you go down to the woods today, you’d better go in disguise/ For every bear that ever there was/Will gather there for certain because/ Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.” Wonderland is a very strange place where everything…

Tomb Raider

“What is THAT? It is so COOL!” asks an excited child. Jumping and pointing at that mysterious object that you, as the grown up, must have an encyclopaedic knowledge of. OK, so in my case the ‘child’ was Will (who you may remember from previous posts) but the point is the same. There are some…

Oh I do like to be beside the sea, and drink tea

What do you do after you’ve learnt about dead Egyptians? That’s right; you explore the rest of the museum and see what other treats are on offer. Luckily the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery has plenty including, oddly, a puppet theatre. I felt obligated to try it out. Amazing. But what else do you do? …

Oh, I do like to be beside the Seaside…

“How doth the little crocodile/Improve his shining tail/And pour the waters of the Nile/On every shining scale!” How doth he indeed, mused Alice soon after she ran after the rabbit. Lately I’ve been spending my time thinking about the Nile and Egypt in general, and in ancient terms specifically. Nothing too taxing, mind you. Starting…