I had a day in London yesterday - a little treat I promised myself last week but got postponed to this week because the trains don't run in this country when the sun shines. Even when it rains (like yesterday) there appear to be problems. My destination was the Natural History Museum - I first visited this when I was 10 years old and although I've been a few times since - it's still a magic place. There were some old friends (like all the stuffed animals and birds) but I still love to sit in the gallery where the model Blue Whale is and just be staggered by how big the thing is. The dinosaur gallery was absolutely packed as was the central hall and even the Geology section was pretty full of people. The Darwin centre is a bit of a missed opportunity I think. I went upstairs to the top floors where the labs are. It's nice but there is too much to read and not a lot to see. Next I went to the Science Museum, which is now a place to flog IMAX shows I'm a little sad to say. The rest of the museum is a bit boring now (and I say that as a Scientist) although the kids section in the basement was full and the forensic section was interesting enough. One other minor criticism though - the cafe and restaurant prices are too expensive. Next a quick flip through the V+A and then I took a packed and stuffy tube to Green Park and had a wander round the lake in St James's park, which is always nice. Then back on an even more overcrowded and stuffy tube to Kings Cross and that's where the fun started.. Lack of drivers and cancelled trains meant it took me ages to get home again although I did have a seat. But this morning - I am glad to be at home - London is a nice place to visit but it's not a place I would ever want to live.