November 3rd

Through the rabbit hole

Oops, nearly forgot to post today! That would have blown my streak in just two days. I was on leave today as 3 of the children had an extra week’s half term due to work at their school. I’ve always liked the idea of a two week half term, until it actually happened and it was only for 3 out of 4 kids so we couldn’t jet off to some exotic location for autumn sunshine and then there are work/childcare practicalities. Hey ho. However I did think it would be a good opportunity to do some London things when they were less full of kids on half term. With that intention in mind, I managed to get tickets for Alice Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A. We’ve done a few museums since the end of lockdown, but not the V&A for ages and it was great to be back at an exhibition. I think the last thing I saw was Artemisia at the National Gallery December 2020 just before lockdown 3, that seems a very long time ago.

Cheshire Cat

Alice was pretty mind blowing as exhibitions go. There were amazing exhibits that evoked the surreal and other worldly madness of the books. I think my favourite was the Cheshire Cat closing followed by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Cheshire Cat was a huge Cat projection which changed and turned invisible dominating one whole room with psychedelic flooring. And the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party didn’t feature any creatures but was an amazing projection on a set tea party table. There was loads of displays and information about adaptations of Alice for screen, stage, ballet and so on but being with 3 kids under 10 there was no time to read very much except try to work out where the white rabbits were in each one to complete the origami kids guide we were given on entry. Spent about an hour in the exhibition and did manage a quick sneaky look at a few other things (on the way to the cafe/toilets/shop). Then home for more hamma beads and a teddy tea party.

Given I was talking about blogging and leadership yesterday I feel like I should be able to make some fascinating leadership insights into Alce and leadership but to be honest I’m not sure I can. It was just fun. There’s probably something about creativity and imagination but … well lets not try to force it!

Not quite sure what the kids are doing tomorrow, I am back in the world of work leaving the kids free-ranging at home with my mother. The weather has been glorious the past couple of days, wonderful autumnal days with frosty mornings and colourful autumn leaves against blue skies, so lets hope that continues as they might get out of the house.

Perhaps there is something about leadership here….

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