London Day 3

A day ticket for London transport costs £11, but only £8 if you start after 9.30am, so I made a late start to Hamley’s toy shop.

Luxury Barbie

They also have kitchen Barbie, laundry Barbie and baby-changing Barbie.  I spent about an hour looking at all the lovely toys – Dr Who, model kits, stickers, light sabres, soft toys, gadgets and of course Lego.  When I was young there was Lego or Technic.  Now there is Harry Potter Lego, Atlantis Lego, Star Wars Lego, and some sort that is Indiana Jones without ripping off any trade marks.

I went onward to the heart of Swinging London.

Carnaby Street. I don't get it.

It’s a right old dump.

They still have some schmancy shops

Soho is still very trendy, but I wasn’t interested in shopping.

PRIVATE EYE!!!!

I bought a copy of the 50th anniversary issue from a shop around the corner.

From there I went to the British Museum.  Like everything else in London they’re re-doing it for the Olympics, and it was immensely crowded, but it’s still the definitive antiquities museum.  Mainly because they stole all the good stuff first.

Not stolen, but from a barrow in England

Nothing says Victorian like a mummy on display

 

An Assyrian grave mock-up

Assyrian female headwear

I focussed on the European sections to avoid overload, and because I have already been everywhere else.

Indigenous weapons and jewellery from England

 

These prove the slinky was invented in Cumberland.

 

Iron-age pottery

Bronze swords, 2000BC

 

Wheat grindstone

The Vikings may not have had horned helmets but the English did!

 

Bogman!

 

Then the Romans came along

 

Roman letters, written on thin pieces of wood. This one is all about a shady business deal and asks for some bridging finance

 

Toilet sets - tweezers, pick and earwax scoop

 

Roman locks

 

The Romans may have had all their realistic sculpture but this one shows its Celtic heritage

 

Prow from a ship about 400AD

 

The Prince of Wale's Sword of State, 15th century. It's more than 1.5m long.

Because of renovations the Middle Ages were not on display.  Instead there was a thing about medals and money.

The medals for the 2012 Olympics

Then suddenly it was back to late modern decorative arts and other things.

17th century lead-glazed ware. The pot at the rear reads 'Even the best is not good enough for you', which the potter gave to his wife. Aww.

 

A bomb? No, it's an 18th century hand warmer!

 

A hand mortar. Could it be fired with any semblance of accuracy?

Then a small section on 20th century design.

I quite liked these vases

Then back to the Greeks

This is actually lighter than what we wear now

Then I sought out the most important artefact – easy to spot by the huge crowd of people taking a billion photos each.  If you must take a photo of someone in front of something take one then GET OUT!

The Cairo museum only has a copy

Then I went to the Cartoon Museum.  It’s a short walk away and £5.50 to enter.  It’s only small but worth going if you like cartoons.

They had a temporary exhibit about Dr Who comics

They also had a good gallery showing the development of editorial cartoons from Hogarth onward.

Noone beats David Low. Especially not Hitler.

They had a section about British comic strips but NO COMMANDO COMICS.

I returned back to Harrow from Oxford St

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