Monday, 14 June 2010

Weekend fripperies

On Saturday we took advantage of a Royal Society offer to fellows and their guests to view the Trooping of the Colour from the terrace at the back of the society's base in Carlton House Terrace. We've never taken any interest in this event before, and it was about what we'd expected - lots of shouting, quite a bit of gratuitous marching, a few bands accompanying the carriages. We saw the Queen and Prince Philip, Charles and Camilla and someone else, all for about an eighth of a second each, as the Mall is lined with plane trees which effectively obscured our view.

What the hell, we had a nice lunch, then watched them all go back, after which the highlight of the event was a flypast. Hence the photos of the Red Arrows.

After that we went to the British Museum where we'd booked tickets for the Kingdom of Ife exhibition, which is of 14th - 16th century brass and terracotta sculptures from the kingdom of Ife in Nigeria. Ife was next door to the better known kingdom of Benin. Everyone's heard of Benin bronzes, and these are just as good.

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