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A Grand Day Out

Dear Mum,
Joshua and I set off at about nine and after a couple of sat-nav detours got to SciTech at just after half past.
It was surprisingly busy to say it was a school day, mostly because there were a bunch of schools visiting as it was a special day with presentations and things to do for older kids. However that didn’t stop Josh from running about like a mad thing and making full use of all the facilities.
I think the best part of the day was when we were in a “Dinoshadow” show, which consisted of a guy doing shadow puppet stuff with dinosaurs and fossils. The bloke was trying to segue into a bit about the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs and asked the kids “why can’t we see any dinosaurs today?” And after being quiet throughout the rest of the show Joshua shouts out “because they turned in to birds!” It was brilliant, I was so proud 🙂 Slightly wrong footed the presenter though!
I’ve attached a few pictures of the day as there was a lot to do.
Love
Dan

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Joshua writing me a message to send through the pneumatic message tube.

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Joshua doing his own dinoshadow show after the real one.

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His favourite experiment, make your own ball run.

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Making volcanoes and lakes out of light.

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After his nap in the afternoon. He probably wouldn’t have woken up for tea if I hadn’t gone in to get him.


Talking Rubbish

Dear Mum,

Well, today was the big day..but I’ll get to that in a bit. I dropped Josh off at daycare and he was pretty cool about it. It’s taken longer for him to get comfortable with daycare than kindy, but I guess he only goes there once a week so that’s not really a surprise.

I didn’t do a great deal more revision for the interview this a’vo as I decided I’d stuffed as much into my head as I could fit without it exploding in a shower of IT. So instead I did the washing up and some washing and hanging out of clothes I’d set to wash before I took Joshy in.

At half one, about half way through Star Trek, The Next Generation (I think I may have spent too long at home!) I got changed into my trousers and shirt, packed my tie in my bag and headed out carrying my jacket. The temperature was somewhere around 30° so I wasn’t going to wear everything or I’d have arrived as a damp mess.

I got there in about an hour and ten minutes, so quicker even than when I tried it last week, I got myself dressed up and then had a couple of minutes to kill so I read the job-spec’ and did a blood test (then had a couple of Jelly Babies as I was 4.6mmol/l and didn’t want to drop during the interview). After which it was time to go in.

The guy who met me seemed nice and had only been in the job a matter of months, his other colleagues arrived after a few minutes and hadn’t been working there much longer. It sounds like there was a big re-org’ about a year ago so a good percentage of the people there are new-ish.

I don’t really know what to say about the interview itself, I think I did okay on a few of the questions, quite badly on one and no idea about the rest! The bad one was one I should have nailed as it was asking the difference between a risk, a threat and a vulnerability. You would imagine with my working history and my encyclopaedic knowledge of the English language that I’d have done pretty well at that, but I stumbled and stuttered through and don’t think I actually did a very good job of addressing the question. Still not to worry! 🙂

When I got home Deanne was making tea, the trip back had taken about the same amount of time as getting there so with a bit of polishing I could probably get it down to about an hour…if they actually thought I was okay and decided to offer me the role! She had taken Joshua to the library to return his books and DVD and get some new ones, so he was watching a DVD of Winnie The Pooh when I arrived.

We finally received our Scitech tickets yesterday so I think Josh and I are going to go there tomorrow to play on the exhibits and have a picnic.

Love

Dan


SciTech

Dear Mum,
No accidents today, you’ll be pleased to hear!
We got to SciTech at about 11 and headed down to the far end, where there is a stage and a little kind of theatre-y show with actions (which Joshua didn’t take part in) and some ventriloquism, which he thought was rather good.
After the show we had lunch then started looking at the actual science and technology things. It was really good. Everything there is interactive, so there are lots of things to wind up and make balls go round big metal circuits to show how kinetic and potential energy and momentum all work. Then you could build cars out of Lego and race them down a big ramp to see which design was best, and all sorts of other exciting things for little boys (and big boys) to do.
At 12:30 there was a “bubbles show” which did exactly what it said on the packet. It was pretty good but the girl who was doing the show was trying to rely a bit too much on audience participation from a bunch of 2 to 5 year olds, which made it go on a tad longer than it should have done!
It was also good because there was an area with seats and tables, so you can take your own food and drink, which we did do, and so not have to buy lunch.
We went out for a quick drink, and a bit to eat for Josh. But on the understanding that yes, we would be going back in before we took him home. Then after that we spent another half hour or so, where he played at being a builder and put foam bricks in a wheelbarrow and then built and destroyed a wall and hoisted them up in the air. Then we actually did come home.
Joshua was ever so well behaved and I think we’ll probably actually buy ourselves season tickets, as I could see us spending a fair bit of time there.
I did try Skyping you when we got home but you appeared to be out so we’ll have another go tomorrow.
Love
Dan
P.s. apologies if this isn’t very well spelled or formatted, I’m writing it on the tablet because I couldn’t be bothered firing up the laptop after such a tiring day!