29 January 2012

Bex Can Change Her Spots

 Yesterday, The Ex and I had planned to go to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum but when we arrived, there was a two-hour queue just to get into the museum. I know the NHM is popular with families at the weekend but a) the exhibition has been on since October and b) there was no queue at the Science Museum, which made me wonder whether Justin Bieber was inside the NHM.

We decided to go for a wander around the Science Museum instead, although that was pretty busy too. We did get the chance to take part in some scientific research for the craniofacial unit at one of the London hospitals, which was looking at people's face shape and structure in 3D. I had a 3D photo taken and afterwards, you could play around with the images on a computer, turning the image into a network of connected points (see the "eye" photo) or, for fun, pick an angle of your head and adorn it with animal print (the leopard was my favourite). Unfortunately, you couldn't email the images to yourself but I took a few photos of the screen.

After a coffee and a bit more wandering, we ended up at Meat Liquor. We had to queue for about 20 minutes and the service was a little slower than usual (still pretty good though), but the burgers and cocktails were still excellent. I then hurried down to the BFI for the preview screening of Martha Marcy May Marlene, which was really intense but very good cinema.

Clive Owen has a new film out--Intruders--which is, according to IMDb, "a horror/thriller centered on the origin of the monsters that are born in childhood and are passed on by the family." It doesn't sound great but I can never resist a Clive flick, especially when he's being all hot and protective and paternal, so I thought I would go to see it today but it turns out that it isn't on anywhere in central London and I would have to go to Shepherds Bush or Wandsworth, which is a trip too far for a potentially crap film. Instead, I went running and eventually went out to acquire some baking ingredients and equipment. I was given the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook for Christmas and I tested out their chocolate chip whoopie pie recipe. I think I will need another go to get the sizes/spacing of the pies right but they taste pretty good anyway (the icing in the middle is made of icing sugar, a little cocoa powder and this awful marshmallow spread called Fluff!).

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