Final Warning. London Air Is Dangerous.

Hi,

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I hope I find you chipper today.

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We are having another very warm day again here….as forecast….but all is not well.

Yesterday it ended up being a hazy sort of day here, all day, and was more chilly out of the sun too.

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It turned out that there were warnings issued about the quality of the air in London.

There were so many particles and dirt in it that the pictures taken there showed the smoggy haze that was hanging over it.

It seemed that people were warned that it could cause problems for those of them who had problems with breathing conditions such as Asthma.

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The UK has recieved a final warning from the EU about unacceptable air quality, if this is not dealt with there could be fines of anything up to £300m.

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Just like the infamous old London smogs when I was a kid.

In fact London was called ‘The Smoke’ in those days too.

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I may have planned a day in the garden and suchlike, but plans change.

We decided that it would be interesting to make a trip out to the City of Newcastle, and visit the Hancock Museum.

It has just been done up at a terrific cost.

And it is free!

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Hancock Museum

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You need to purchase tickets though, if you want to visit the Planetarium, where there is a 24 minute running time.

There is also a programme called ‘Dawn Of The Space Age’ which has a 42 minute programme.

Tickets are purchased on the old ‘first-come-first-served’ pattern.

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We did not bother with any of that.

I usually like my museums to be ones which are not inter-active in that fashion at all.

I just want to have loads of interesting artifacts crammed in closely, with little hand written information cards beside them.

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That is what the Hancock Museum was like when I was a small child.

It was a repository of incredible wonders to me and my brother.

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There was a huge jawbone of a whale that you could have walked through.

Inuit canoes, spears, snow shoes and fur clothes.

Poison darts.

Glass boxes with huge stuffed bison in, that you could wall all around, and view from every angle.

Thousands of birds, butterflies, mammals from all over the world….and terrifying spiders and other creepy things.

Snakes, bats, scorpions and South Sea island type stuff.

And, best of all, some MUMMIES!!!!

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They were standing in a glass case, upright, and close against the glass, so that you could see them clearly and almost touch them.

Their cases were there, standing up too.

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I used to stand looking at them for as long as I could before I was eventually dragged away.

You could see their wrinkled skin and teeth and fingernails etc, just like varnished real people.

I loved them, and I hoped to see them once more.

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The whole place is now changed completely.

There is more in the way of fancy containers and interactive crap, and far far less on exhibit.

There was only one mummy, now lying in the case sideways on to the viewer, and at a height that will not enable future curious children like me to see everything unless their parents approve, and are happy to lift them up to do so.

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The Mummy Returns

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Instead of thousands of amazing wonders to confound the eye, there seem to be lots of single items set out separately in large display settings.

No overfilling the eyes with a museum crammed with overwhelming wonders now.

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I did not like it much so we did not stay for long…..no whole day needed to repeat and absorb the treasures now.

I shall not be returning again, I would rather see it as it was, in my childhood memory.

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I am now the archetypal older person saying that ‘it was all so much better in the old days’.

And it bloody was!

J,x.

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