Egyptian Galleries – Ashmolean


After meaning to for ages, I took myself off to the revamped Egyptian Galleries at the Ashmolean.


I’m so lucky to have a world class museum just across the road from the office. I guess this little scribe is a model of one of my Egyptian predecessors. 🙂

As you’d expect, there’s lots of very impressive stuff, but you know me, I’m far more interested in odd little bits and pieces.I was taken with this nose…(remember Cleopatra’s nose in Asterix?)…

…this lion (or is it the Cheshire Cat? The teeth are very similar.)…

…this roaring hippo…

….a supercilious crocodile god…

…a mad looking pony…

…fabulous shadows…

…a rather benign vulture…

…and some camels (thankfully not singing)…
Make sure you pop down if you’re in Oxford.

Melbourne Zoo

After a few days in Australia I was beginning to get quite manic in my demand to see critters, so we toddled off to see Melbourne Zoo. I think Melbourne Zoo has its animals on a time share with another zoo, as for a while all I thought I’d see were a few bronze statues.

However, a few came out to play, and here are some highlights…a little meerkat…

…an incredibly colourful parrot…

…a little monkey watching the monkeys…

…a very relaxed lemur….

…some otters.

Oh…and who’s this…?

Could it possibly be…a…

PYGMY HIPPO!!!!!! (yes)