First of all I'd like to thank Neil Robertson for winning the snooker 18-13. That was cool though we didn't stay up all the way through. No what we are really going to do this time is talk about a few trips up to London itself, starting with a visit to the Natural History Museum.
A place I often went to as a kid, they have stuffed birds and insects in cases which was cool but now they focus on exhibitions like this.
The butterfly exhibition is out on the green where you come out from the tube, they have a small marquee where the butterflies were housed and it costs £6 to get in. Inside you have some information on what creatures you'll be looking at and where they come from. They had a small case showing with pupal cases in and show some of the butterflies hatching out. We saw a few Morpho species as well as loads of Owl Butterfly. In fact we have come to the conclusion that Owl Butterflies are natures slackers unwilling to fly even when poked, they just lay around feasting on rotting pineapple and banana. Apart from The Americas there were butterflies from all over the globe although Europe was held outside with the rain and the murk.
Overall not bad at all.
South Africa Garden British Museum.
Our other expedition was to the British Museum, in order to see their South African Display. A small garden area out the front of the museum, surrounded by people eating hot dogs and only a few taking photos. Quite an impressive array of succulents there, not limited to the more massive Aloes, Barbierae and Marlothii took center stage backed up by some impressive Quiver trees (Aloe Dichotoma). Two types of Euphorbia, Ingens the big cactus type and pencil stemmed milk bush Tirucalli. They had some information relating to how these were used by the Zulu and other tribal nations which was interesting, Euphorbias as a tribal remedy to cure cancer (though you would probably die of the toxins in the milky sap long before your cancer went into remission). Less documented were small clumps of Trichodiadema and I believe a Fockea hidden amongst larger Pachypodims.
They had a massive Dioscorea on show with a huge caudex like a mound of cracked mud, and Proteas too in flower which was impressive.
Odds and Sods
In Woolwich we saw some preacher chatting about Jeesuss, his Missus also had a Mic though she sounded exactly like Droopy.
Also some kittens in a pet shop wrestling, little black kitten was using the 'top rope' of the cage to leap on the other kittens very awesome.
A proper one man or rather one clown band with guitar and a kazoo.
Some freakish old lady with black rimmed eyes like a vampire.
Oh and we'll try and make it a double bill with unlicensed Mario too.