No, nothing to do with Halloween costumes. You may have spotted that we'll be sponsoring a cabinet at The West Highland Museum, a cracking little place which typifies all the best of local museums.
For £30, we'll be helping keep one of their cabinets lit and in great condition for a year, which may not sound like much, but the small day to day wear and tear and maintenance really do add up when you are a free museum replying on donations and the gift shop.
The choice of what we sponsor is YOURS. After we asked them for some suggestions, and they sent ideas and pictures, it's been opened to you guys by voting. If you've yet to pick between pirates, witches, bagpipes or rebels* - you have until the end of October. Go vote now!
*This may be a lot of oversimplifications, but distills it all to something quite exciting.
So there I am, wandering in Leicester waiting for a friend and I head to tourist information for a map, to find a specific shop. Apropos of nothing the assistant also points out Grey Friars and mentions that that is where the archaeological dig is, but it's not open to the public. No preamble conversation really, I obviously just look like someone interested in holes in the ground.
Because I am someone interested in holes in the ground, I wander over, and while reading the information on the gate (Richard III, once king of England, now probably buried under a council car park in Leicester ) A lady walks up and through the gate. I query if she works there and try to blag my way in, but she's from the New Walk Museum (or Newarke Houses Museum). She does however offer an impromptu tour down the street suggesting highlights to head off to, and drops me off at the Guildhall. Great advert for their museum staff.
I return to the dig on my way to the city square, and as I stop to answer texts on my phone I have about three groups of people ask me for information on the dig - presumably because:
I look like someone interested in holes in the ground.
Thanks to the sign on the gate and the lady from the museum I'm equipped enough to sound all clever.
Leicester, in a nutshell: Some very interesting stuff with amazingly friendly people but for heaven's sake don't pause for breath near ancient points of interest!
Today you get a bit of a bloggage as I’ve just come back from Prague, and figure if you ever go over there then you may find some advice handy. This goes from basic survival to a bit more about some of the museums, galleries and sights. From what I saw, it’s a great place, I’m in love with it and I would like you to meet this wonderful city too.
The caller was after the now closed Tales of Robin Hood attraction and by accident called a phone inside a cupboard, usually only for internal calls, just as I was stood next to it. It was a wholly odd moment.
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