“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kate meets T-rex

From Thurloe Square, it was a short walk to the Natural History Museum. Our timing was perfect. It was after four o’clock, and the entry was free.
This famous Victorian museum was enormous and smelled as old as the fossils and dinosaur bones it contained. We walked around one of the newer exhibitions featuring dinosaurs covered in plastic skin that roared and clicked and made slobbering sounds. Kate was fascinated by dinosaurs, as most young children are, but even so, she was a little disturbed by their realistic look. And yet she was quite unperturbed, once I picked her up, by the huge, life-sized, animated Tyrannosaurus Rex we encountered in the high-ceilinged atrium by the museum teashop. Odd to see a fearsome dinosaur swishing a huge tail, roaring and swooping about as weary museum-goers drank their tea and did their level best to ignore it. In England, dinosaurs should not make scenes in tearooms. It just isn’t done.


The Machinist's Wife said...

Hi Denis
I've awarded you the Honest Scrap award. Love your writings! Wanna come and get it from my September 11 Blogpost?
Keep up the good work!

Duchess of Tea said...

Congrats on your well deserved award and have a lovely weekend.

Love, Hugs & Tea
Duchess ♥♥♥

Michelloui said...

I have just visited the Natural History Museum after many years and remembered how much I loved it--especially the amazing building.

My daughter was transfixed by the blinking eyes of that T Rex 'they look almost real!' she cried while all the people filing slowly past tried their best to--yes, as you say, ignore the beast and his blinking eyes.

Maggie said...

The visual of a proper tea room and a dinosaur invading it makes me giggle!