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While we were up visiting the exhibition on the human story we had plenty of time to explore.  I’ve said before that we try not to do lots when we go up and take our time, but we had plenty of spare time on Thursday so we did a fair amount of pottering with no real aim.

We’d caught an early train as Pete had given us a lift to the station on his way to work.  So we had time for a lovely walk through Belgravia, Moomin spotting, some collecting of very large conkers, a leisurely early lunch and time to explore other areas of the Natural History Museum.

Guy the Gorilla
Guy the Gorilla
Looking down at the main hall
Looking down at the main hall
Stones that were found in a penguins stomach (he's pretending to be sick)
Stones that were found in a penguins stomach (he’s pretending to be sick)
Spotting Minecraft minerals
Spotting Minecraft minerals
Section of a giant sequoia
Section of a giant sequoia
Dinosaur skulls
Dinosaur skulls
Drawing dino skulls in his Book of Centuries
Drawing dino skulls in his Book of Centuries
Animatronic dinosaurs (these have given me many moments of amusement over the years)
Animatronic dinosaurs (these have given me many moments of amusement over the years)
Is it a dino? Right every time
Is it a dino? Right every time
Movement - one was him and one was Grandad
Movement – one was him and one was Grandad
Comparing hand to an Iguanadons
Comparing hand to an Iguanadons
Scary baby
Scary baby

Afterwards we weren’t rushing off to get back before the rush hour (s) as I’d arranged coffee with an old friend after she finished work so I spent quite a while sitting outside while Sam pestered the bubble man.
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Then we took the opportunity to visit the V&A since it is there.  I have wanted to go to the V&A for about 20 years.  In the end I was rather underwhelmed.  We walked around saying ‘wow’ a lot but while there was some amazing and I do mean amazing art work it all felt impersonal after the wonders of Boxgrove and Paviland.  The architecture of the building was the part that grabbed me most.

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Sam was most taken by a moving mirror (movement sensors) and a computer generated design a ring.

Scary baby!
Mirror moving by movement sensors

 

designaring
Sam’s ring

20140926_45I did also really like the quote on the 3rd step.

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