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National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HT

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This is another museum that you can visit for free, walk in and view the exhibits. The first main exhibit on the ground level is about becoming a soldier. It obviously wasn’t clear enough on which side to start as a few people were going the wrong way around. You’re supposed to go from the right round to the left! As for this exhibit, I really wasn’t that impressed, you should be able to understand the whole concept if your school gave you a decent history lesson.

A few pictures, some weapons on display, descriptions of the different items, what a person in the army should carry. Then jumping into the devastation of war and the medical history needed to help the troops. For the vast subject that could be displayed it seemed to lack any flow and felt disjointed. That’s not to say they packed a lot in to it, but that can be too much.

The lower level was just drops in a vast ocean of different cultures. It felt more along the lines, ‘Look what we plundered!’

The top floor also felt jam-packed with signs, posters, memorabilia one side. Some stories and a collection of weapons and armour on the other. There was an interactive display for the battle of waterloo which didn’t feel that interactive!

The temporary exhibit War Paint: Brushes with conflict was far more interesting and had my attention span the longest. Even today we still have artists in the field of war, painting scenes which you can stand in front of for a good few minutes and make you think. The collection of artworks on display here offer more to the mind than the rest of the museum.

For the curious you might find something you like which will grab your attention, if you’re into war art or are an artist then maybe the temporary exhibit will take your fancy. But I don’t think this museum will work for everyone.

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This last photo of the giant metal rat was created by Anna Redwood when she was invited out to Afghanistan by the 7th Armoured Brigade in 2014. The rat symbolises the desert rats who served in North Africa in WW2 and still today in Afghanistan.

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Bird in the Chimney

I went to watch the football at Wembley on Sunday (Spurs vs Chelsea) only to be disappointed, when I got home there was a massive mess in my fireplace, so I went and cleared it up. Straight after I had done that more mess came down so I just left it and had dinner.

I slept okay, wasn’t really disturbed, Monday came, a load more mess, so I phoned the RSPCA only to get an automated response. Told me to clear my room, turn off the gas and do it all myself!

Tuesday came, I decided to stay home and sort it out, I pulled out the heavy cast-iron Edwardian or Victorian fireplace, not sure on that part. A load of mess came out, I had all my windows in the front room open after sitting for around 10 minutes low and behold what looked like a Crow popped down into the fireplace, poor distressed bird wasn’t sure of himself and went straight for the window. I captured a bit of him on my iPhone I can only wish the fella gets better.

I did cleanup the mess before I wrote this.

 

Bye Bye Twitter

I really got sick of it in the end, I had the app on the my phone, was following a few Spurs footballers like Harry Kane and Dele Alli. I was even following the Met Office for the weather and a few other things, but in the end my phone was just going ping with stuff I really didn’t care about.

I was thinking of following Trump, but I really didn’t want to add him to my followers, maybe if everyone stopped following Trump then he would stop using twitter!

Still, here is a song that sums it up.

R.I.P Chester

I have three albums at home and on my iPod, Hybrid Thoery, Meteora and Minutes to Midnight.

To me this is some of the best music produced by Linkin Park and Chester Bennington. These albums are played more than most of the other stuff I have on my iPod but the music is that good.

I saw Linkin Park live at Knebworth House Sonisphere festival in August 2009, this was a real highlight then and now. I was fairly far away and I wish I could of been closer to the stage, even still I thought they were awesome. On the same night my friend Mark got so pissed and passed out in his tent and was upset he missed them as he really wanted to see them also. His own fault really!

Chester I have no idea what drove you off the cliff, but I hope you find peace in the next life.