Wednesday 16 November 2022

Fossils and dinosaurs

We had a good day out in London yesterday. It mostly involved family visits, but we dashed from the tube and managed to get to the Natural History Museum 45 minutes before it was due to close.

I have never been before, but knew exactly what I wanted to see.

This is a fossil found by Mary Anning in the rocks by the beach in Lyme Regis in the early 1800s. I have just read a book about her life and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to see some of her finds, and this one is huge.

Darren's sister also recommended seeing Dippy the giant dinosaur. Dippy is short for diplodocus, and for the past five years he has been on tour around Britain.

He was completely dismantled which sounds painful, packed into boxes and visited about ten different places, where he was seen by hundreds of thousands of people. He arrived back in June and is looking good. 

Over time it was decided that his tail and head were in the wrong position, so now he looks forward and if he was a dog and wagged his tail, then it would knock all of the visitors flying. 

Disappointingly, I read more about him online, and Dippy is not real rock. He is actually a plaster cast of an original dinosaur that was found in America in the 1870's. It also turns out that there are lots of copies around Europe and South America, but it really is spectacular. 

After the Museum closed we walked up to the Royal Albert Hall where Darren's niece was performing. She is in her school steel band and they are one of the best bands in the country, so won their place in the Music for Youth Proms. 

Really good show, but very annoying presenters and they had written a very long song about getting back together after the lock down. They tried to it to teach the whole audience and promised that it would be a fantastic end to the concert. 

Unfortunately, it was all too much for us, so we nipped off before the end. 

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