Now I like my F1 but I really don’t think I could watch WilliamsF1 run round at the back of the field that many times a year!
I’ve been to the Dr Who Experience once before but since then it has moved to a bigger space and the show has got even bigger. Also I was visiting on 23rd November, the day of the 50th anniversary so I had assumed that it would put on a bit of a show.
It was certainly busy with many having chosen to come in costume – most adults I should add and without even a passing resemblance to the character they were trying to emulate. A multi-coloured scarf does not make you Tom Baker.
The “experience” is made up of two parts. The first is an interactive guided tour where you and the other visitors need to help the 11th Doctor to escape from another Pandorica. This was fun even if it was exactly the same as last time and the references to the episodes now a bit dated.
The other half is a static display now covering two floors including costumes of both the Doctors and his enemies, a few consoles from TARDIS’ and other materials showing how the series is made.
If I am honest this part was a little disappointing. It was certainly soulless after the first half interaction but it just felt a bit lost and was spread out over what felt like a hanger. I’m not sure how this could be improved but the fact that it was so empty spoke volumes given the number of people waiting to get in and in the shop.
The other slightly odd thing was that there was no reference to the 50th anniversary that I could see anywhere. No posters advertising the programme that evening, no special guests and no celebratory merchandising, which given what you can buy I found amazing. I think that they were missing a trick.
So an enjoyable afternoon but I was just left feeling that it needed more excitement.
While it has been undergoing its restoration over the last 30 years it has been housed in what was little more than a plastic hanger. That has now changed with the opening of the new exhibition centre which is just marvellous, as you might expect having had £27M spent on it.
The last time I saw her she was still being sprayed with chemicals to preserve her but that process has now stopped and she is going through a drying phase. This means that you can see the hull properly for the first time without having to look through a fine mist, albeit through smallish glass windows.
Once the drying phase is complete I believe that the wall separating the viewers from the boat will be removed and you will be able to see the hull in all its glory finally. Hopefully all the pipes will also be removed. That will be in three years time so we will be back to see her once again then!
If you like classic Genesis, by which I mean Gabriel era, then about the only way you are going to be able hear their music played live with a member of the band these days is to go to see Steve Hackett.
I’ve seen him play a couple of times before when he played just a handful of Genesis tracks and they are pretty faithful to the originals and really got the audience buzzing.
This time around he was touring his Genesis Revisited II album which has some real gems on it. I was lucky enough to get tickets to see him and his band at the Royal Albert Hall, a superb venue. He was joined by a number of guests, including John Wetton of Asia and Ray Wilson, formally of Genesis (well for one album at any rate).
It was great to hear tracks like Return of the Giant Hogweed, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight and the 25 minute masterpiece Supper’s Ready.
While it is great that Hackett keeps the spirit of Genesis alive I do hanker after a full reunion but I sadly suspect that is not to be.
Greece is a beautiful place and it is easy to get carried away with the snapping, especially now that everything is digital and there is no cost for processing.
Obviously, nobody is going to sit through that many pictures, even on a slideshow at five seconds per picture that is an hour and 25 minutes! So Helen and I went through them all last night with a view to reducing them to a number we thought people might stand. So here I present the 83 photos that best sum up our holiday. If you want to see them on a single page click here.