I had planned to upload a Healthy Eating/Lifestyle blog post today, but didn’t like the idea of uploading two food-related posts in a row plus I have some really interesting meals planned for tonight and tomorrow, so I’m going to upload it tomorrow evening when I’ve finished uni.
This morning, I went to the British Museum with my Italian class on a sort of field trip- nostalgia hitting the roof right now, I miss old school trips so much! Having woken up with more than 10 minutes to spare, I actually made an effort and did my makeup & curled my hair which was a massive confidence boost, funny how little things like that make you feel so much better prepared to deal with the day!
Got to the museum at 9 and was there even before my teacher; in fact, it hadn’t even opened as I got there technically at 8:56 and had to wait in the Starbucks next door as they’re very strict on the opening times, jeez!
After having our usual hour of conversation skills etc, we went to look at the original Rosetta Stone from 196BC which is pretty much the first dictionary in existence as it’s in 3 different languages; Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, Demotic script and Greek script. This might look like some old chunk of rock but for me it’s so exciting- that’s what being a sad languages student does to you, you get excited by dictionaries! Oh dear… I just find it so interesting because due to the fact that it has all three languages on it, this piece of granite provided the modern basic understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs!
Then we moved on and looked at the ancient Greek statues which I find beautiful but a little too much like the weeping angels from Doctor Who for my liking! Admittedly though this is always my favourite section in art museums like this, especially the Louvre which houses massive rooms of Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek marble statues including the Venus de Milo.
We also looked at the Parthenon Gallery which has sculptures from the Parthenon temple in Athens. They’re all really impressive and the room itself is huge, but it’s sort of disconcerting that none of them have heads- presumably because the neck/hands/arms are the thinnest and most delicate part and therefore most likely to be knocked off over time, but seeing statues in combat scenes against horses or each other without heads is just so strange. In fact the only head I did see was the flailing horse of the goddess Selene, which was showing how exhausted it was by the bulging eyes and flared nostrils… pretty hideous actually.
My favourite part of the museum is by the side exit, and is called ‘Cradle to Grave’ by Pharmacopoeia. It looks at our approach to medicines and shows a lifetime supply of drugs given to the both the average woman and average man. There are photos all along the display of the periods in their lives that are being explored which shows how the well-being for the family members is the key rather than just treating illnesses. Each pill is sewn into a fishing-net type structure with pockets for each individual pill- there are over 14,000 drugs in the piece, which doesn’t include pills we buy over the counter (which would make it up to around 40,000) but ones we’re prescribed such as contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, hay fever tablets, even high blood pressure tablets. It’s so fascinating to look at this massive web of pills that we don’t even realise we’re taking throughout our lives- the display is so long that it’s had to be rolled up at the end to fit it into the space given by the museum. It’s definitely worth a look, and is in a room of works that make you think about our modern lives so I really find that interesting.
Sorry that this probably hasn’t been very interesting, I just wanted to document it as I had a really fun time and learnt quite a lot
I’m having a break now but have lectures again 2-6 *sigh*
Have a lovely Monday!