Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, August 27, 2006
A Foray into Londinium
Who said travelling in a city wasn't easy?
The painting in the national gallery were simply stunning. My favourite piece, just because of the scale and sheer realism, has to be 'Whistlejacket' by George Stubbs. It sat there on the wall and basically glowed. The horse depicted looked more realistic than a real horse! I would have taken some nice pictures to show you, but the National Gallery is picky. They want you to buy their photographs. I didn't sneak any pictures because I didn't want my phone and it's precious photos taken and b*gg*red about with.
Didn't get to Tottenham court road, though... :-(
Sunday, July 30, 2006
A Very Old Computer...and Some Slightly Newer Ones...
Of course, the high-point was the Colossus, although the two hour lecture on cryptography and the display of old (1980s) home computers were excellent too. The machine really does live up to it's name, although, for being so old, it's surprisingly powerful - it's touted as being as powerful as a Pentium 2, but I'm not sure how they tested that...
The whole visit was extremely informative, especially the part were I fooled around with the ZX80's BASIC compiler!
I would like to say a special thanks to Tony Sale for his excellent tour and generosity.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Anyway, the Science Museum was wonderful - the exhibits were so varied and interesting! I especially enjoyed the aircraft displays.
We bought a lot of stuff at the shop. I got, among other stuff, a drag racer. It will, naturally be hacked at the earliest possible opportunity!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
We ate here today. It was rather good, actually...
It was absolutely p*ssing down today!
We visited the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum after lunch.
After drying off in the toilets of the Rothschild museum, we felt a bit peckish, so we found an Italian. We actually found it just in time, as the heaven's decided that they didn't like us being dry and tried again, missing by mere seconds! At first we weren't sure about the place, but the deluge outside persuaded us to stay.
It turned out to be very nice and the dish that I had was delicious. We headed back up the road to the Rothschild Museum and had a walk round the slightly...worrying exhibits. Standing in front of a massive eight foot polar bear is a bit weird. Especially when you consider that it hasn't blinked for over a hundred years. Oh yeah, and the tiger, dinosaur, crocodile, lynx and ape were all pretty unnerving as well!
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Off on hols
It's pretty tiring. Spectacular views at that height, though - the sensation of floating on the clouds never fails to get me in all these years of flying. Beautiful.