Archive for October 16th, 2008

RAF Hendon

Back in January, B and I went to to the Air Force Museum at RAF Hendon in London. Dave, one of the guys we worked with, organised the trip with one of his university clubs and invited us along.

Despite the very early start and very very late return time, we had a brilliant day. I don’t know much about planes or the Air Force, unlike B, so most of what we saw was wasted on me, but it was a really good museum with loads to see and do. All the information was short and sweet and the displays were set out in such a way that you could just wander to your heart’s content. I loved the WW2 display they put on in one of the hangers, with a projection screen set behind the Spitfire and Messerschmitt.

Anyway, I’ve just remembered the photos I took and these three are my favourites. B hates the one of her and I in the “history of flight” hanger but I love it and it’s my blog, so there!

History of Flight display at RAF Hendon - 20 January 2008

History of Flight display at RAF Hendon - 20 January 2008

B and Jo at RAF Hendon - 20 January 2008

B and Jo at RAF Hendon - 20 January 2008

Kitty Hawk III at RAF Hendon - 20 January 2008

Kitty Hawk III at RAF Hendon - 20 January 2008

Hope for red squirrels?

Some people like to scare themselves silly with stories from the BBC news website about man-eating spiders the size of buildings. I find cute and cuddly stuff. Just for the record.

Such as this story which talks about their being hope for the survival of our native red squirrel:

Scientists have found that some red squirrels have developed immunity to a disease that has ravaged their numbers.

The pox is transmitted by grey squirrels; but while greys suffer no ill effects from it, if a red catches the virus it will be dead within weeks.

The findings… suggest a vaccine could now help to save red squirrels from annihilation.

And there’s also an amusing speeded up video of baby red squirrels which I can’t embed on my blog to share, but you can view it on the same page as the article. Which, if you can’t be bothered to move your mouse, is right here.

That video put me in mind of a clip from Hoodwinked:

I loved that film!