Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Brolly Good Show; with Free Entry and Astounding Exhibits, the British Museum Is a Must-Do When in London. Just Keep a Weather Eye on When You Go

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Brolly Good Show; with Free Entry and Astounding Exhibits, the British Museum Is a Must-Do When in London. Just Keep a Weather Eye on When You Go

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Byline: WORDS: ANN RICKARD

If you've been following the weather patterns around the world, you'll know the UK has been suffering a summer heatwave.

So, as Murphy's Law compels, when we made a brief visit to London while on an extended stay in France, we had chosen the only day of the sweltering summer when it wasn't sweltering.

It was drizzling rain when we arrived, but we were there on a cheap Ryan Air flight and there was no turning back.

Once we'd come to grips with the old and not-so-clean state of the London trains and surfaced from the underground ascending about 3500 steps (had no idea we were so far beneath the Earth's surface) to Russell Square, the drizzle had turned into a steady pour.

Our original plan had been to walk along the Embankment, admire the bridges over the Thames and have an expensive lunch in a sunny outdoor cafe. That's all. We had visited London a few years before and tried to do too much in one day: Madame Tussaud's, the British Museum, the Tower of London. This time, just a leisurely walk, pleasant al fresco lunch no matter the cost and then maybe more slow walking. A perfect summer's day in London.

Well, didn't the rain interfere with that?

"Walking the Embankment, not going to work," we said and put up our umbrellas. "Let's go to the British Museum, we'll be dry there and we can spend hours visiting the Egyptian section which we didn't do on our last visit, too busy."

Optimism in place we walked the block from the Underground towards the museum's Great Russell St entrance only to be stopped abruptly on the footpath quite a way from it by a long queue of people. Every visitor to London that day had the same notion as us: get out of the rain and into the British Museum.

We queued with the wet crowd, umbrellas up and threatening to poke the eyes of the hundreds of people around us. …

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