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)
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.