Thursday, 5 February 2009

Museum Of Childhood, London.

Last Sunday Amir stayed with me while mum and Aida went shopping with friends, it was a freezing day and I thought I would take Amir and visit the Museum Of Childhood in east London, we got there early as it was filling up, the museum is housed in a huge beautiful building and exhibits toys that children played with hundreds of years ago to this day.


Old Rocking Horses (all exhibits are behind glass, that's why the pictures are a bit fuzzy)


Amir looking at Star wars figures

Cinderella and the ugly sisters, I thought they all looked scary and freaky!

Great Dr. Who toys

more freaky dolls

the little Chinese doll was the cutest in there

an Original Golliwog doll, of course the term Golliwog is now considered a racist name as it is understandably offensive to black people yet in the museum they used the original name to describe the doll, here is how Carol Thatcher got into trouble recently for using this name


The ultimate doll house, every little girl's dream

Raleigh Chopper bicycle, every boy's dream in my time, sadly I never got one :o(


Great rocking horses for children to play on

This poster had little stories in many languages, in the middle right section there something written in Arabic about Ali Baba.

Old board games

this is a bit embarrassing for people of certain age! that's what us boys wore in the 70s, how awful lol

these are the 2 dresses worn by the 2 young girls you see in the painting following this picture (1933)



Beautiful old baby furniture, that potty looks like a throne

The museum was fun with lots of exhibits and things to do, they had many interactive games and gadgets for kids and adults to try but with all the high tech toys and video games available for children these days, the activities in the museum were not that exiting for the children.
There was a large number of English people visiting the museum, many of them were this sort of new age environment concise people that like to think of themselves as middle class, you can usually spot them out because their kids tend to dress in horrible second hand bought clothes and sometimes they ride wooden bicycles yet they are well off!!
as on other occasions, I find most of these people very rude and full of crap, their children were rude to each other, they were very rude to Amir on many occasions right in front of their parents who did not do anything about it, in fact some parents encouraged their kids to be rude by letting them push other kids and take over the toys that were there for all to play with, Amir is a very peaceful boy and did not want to get in trouble with anyone, unlike me, I usually end up arguing and making a fuss over things like that, however on this occasion I did not want to upset Amir who didn't like arguments and had to swallow my tongue and move over but not before giving a tongue lashing to few people, as for the mother who let her daughter push Amir when he tried to get on the rocking horse and encouraged her to do so, I did nothing except call them trash and then when Amir finally got on the horse and the same girl came back for more, we did make her wait and wait a long time. middle class!! middle class my foot! what a joke, they need to learn manners before they try to even pretend they are better than any one else, now I feel better that I got this out of my system :o)
On the other hand, the majority of people there English or otherwise were nice people that treated everyone with respect.

19 comments:

Shahrazad said...

Great Post and very interesting !

Rude children?? They get it from their parents obviously.

Amir will develop your character ,just wait and see :-). Nobody will push around Mr. Anglolibyan jr.;-)

Salamat

Meme said...

i love these kind of posts...very educational and interesting and i liked the idea of making a museum specially of children.
by the way u really made me laugh as we share the same opinion about cinerella and her sisters ..i also found them freaky and scary !

abdullah SH said...

now u in trouble bro believe me LOL

amir wll talk 2 aida abt ths trip so u !!!! LOL

realy amazing trip cuz 2in 1 educational & funny ...

salam

may said...

سيد انجلو

المكان فى غاية الروعة والجمال وانا من محبى هذه الاماكن... وتمنيت فعلا انى كنت مع امير واستمتعت بجمالية المكان عن قرب

امير هنيئا لك الطفولة وعالميها,,,استمتع بها بقدر ما تستطيع؟؟!! فبمجرد ان تنتقل الى مرحلة جديدة فلن تعود اليها الا من خلال ذكرياتك

البوست اعجبنى جدا

دمت مبدع

وخيتك مى

MusicLover said...

Sometimes we want our kids to be well informed but end up doing the opposite by boring them, we forget how old they are and what their interests are at their present age. Even to this day I have to screw up :-)



I remember showing the kids Back to the Future & Indiana Jones films years ago, they did not like it, now they love it.

igudesman & joo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOQaK7NHY-4&feature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvlCu1_noTc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wBBlwCTqmc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKZITB_r8t0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW8gwg6pWoY&feature=related

Your kids will love these video clips, classic music with a twist.


Every where you go, you will find ill mannered kids, thats part of life :-)

Anglo-Libyan said...

thanks Shehrazad
Amir is already showing some signs :o)

Meme, im glad you enjoyed this post :o)

Abdullah Sh
you are right, I already promised Aida to take her there soon inshaAllah :o)

May, thank you for the kind words and glad you liked it :o)

Musiclover, I am glad its not just me then lol
thanks for the links, i will check them soon

belmontbabe said...

interesting to read your comment about middle class people dressing their kids in second hand clothes!
I have recently started teaching students from Libya and I was looking for pictures to use in my class when I stunbled on your blog.
It's great!

Anglo-Libyan said...

belmontbabe
thank for the visit, if you are in London, visit Stokenewington, you will see what I mean by middle class wearing second hand clothes and riding wooden bikes :o)

thanks for the compliment

on the edge said...

My nephews had chopper bikes and I would " borrow " one of them as often as I could possibly get away with it , lol . Loved the banana handle bars with the banana seat . So coooolllll !

Obnoxious parents have obnoxious children I find , and as Music Lover said , they are everywhere . What a blessing it must be to have Amir for a son !

I would love to see this museum one day . I guess I will have to go visit my brother in law one day soon , lol !

مـــــنى و هنـــد said...

السلام عليكم


صور جميلة جداً ومكان ولا أروع.

وبالمناسبة أنا أتابع مدونتك من فترة وأحببت أسلوبها وطابعها المميز.

أرجو أن تقبلنا أصدقاء لمدونتك ونتمنى زيارتك لمدونتنا قريباً

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