My husband one day came back and told me that we would be going to the British Museum in London that weekend. He said his friend, Edwin, is taking us there. Sounds great. A great relief he didn’t say, “We are going now!” I would have banged his head with the frying pan….haha. He did that not too long ago when he called back to say that we are going to watch ‘The King’s Speech’, giving me little time to get ready. You can read more on that in ‘A Day Of Madness’.
Men need to be reminded that women need ample time to get ready. Looks like my mini lecture worked. He gave me more than enough time this round….*smile*. See, he was rewarded with a very delicious zebra brownie for tender loving care! If he repeats the same mistake again like before, there will be no desserts for him. Instead, I will get my girls and we will stage a demonstration at home, with placards of course…..haha.
The day came and we met at the tube station. Edwin came with another friend, Obasi. Both are engineers. They are very friendly. It was a real delight meeting them and talking to them. Edwin originates from Sri Lanka and he knows a lot about the Bible through the Museum. And that’s what he was going to do….taking us around and sharing with us.
He is very passionate about his knowledge. However being a very bad History student, all the dates just made me go dizzy…..hmmm. History drives me crazy. I never do well in school no matter how hard I tried. If you love history, you will go down into my book of ‘weird’ people…haha. No, high IQ people…*smile*. Well, I doubt my husband is any better. Maybe my daughter, being young can handle it better. But I do love all the stories….very enlightening.
This is Obasi. He came from Nigeria. You probably can’t believe it. He entered university at the age of 15 years old to study engineering!! My eyes almost popped out and my heart must have missed a few beats. What an intelligent young man! His elder brother has just got his PhD at the age of 27 years old! Suddenly I became conscious of my IQ which is no match against his! I better talk about food…haha. I’m quite certain my food and cooking IQ is slightly better here….*wink*.
Obasi told us what his dad told him and his brother since they were young, “I don’t have money to give you, I don’t have house to give you, but I will give you the best education. The rest you have to earn it.” Obasi said he always remembers his dad’s words and works very hard and that’s what makes him today. That’s very inspirational. Despite his early success he is a very humble man and has travelled to many parts of the world.
This part of the British Museum that we visited is full of stones and rocks with ancient scripts written all over, most of them are just too small to see with the naked eyes. This piece of stone above represents the King of Assyria who ruled from 883-859 B.C.
This piece of stone is very impressive. Rows of pictures were carved into it to tell a story.
Edwin explained to us the second row of pictures which pointed to King Jehu as mentioned in the Bible.
We walked through a section where we were greeted by stone pictures on both sides of the hallway. It was just amazing how pictures were craved into these hard rocks to tell the stories at that time.
As we were standing admiring the stone wall, suddenly I heard someone was talking to me. I quickly turned around and saw this big tall man standing just next to me, in suit and a name tag around his neck. He must be the officer on his rounds. He pointed out to us the shoes of those figures on the walls. They were coloured. He explained that the original pictures were all in colour and very beautiful. But over the centuries, they all faded. Wow…the original must be very beautiful!
Suddenly the man asked where we came from. I replied, ”Scotland”. He said, “I know it. You have the Scottish accent”. I told him, “Scottish won’t agree with you”, which he replied, “I know. Yours is better because I can understand you. I can’t understand them.” Haha…we sure had a very good laugh. I like that. I wanted to give him a big hug but then looking at his height and his big belly, I decided not to. I think my arms can only go round halfway and my chin would be resting on his belly…haha. Besides I have a pair of sharp, glazing green eyes just next to me…haha.
We passed through another hall where there were broken statues on display. There were quite a number of people, young and old, drawing them. I think that’s a great past time.
This is the ram that was caught in the thicket. It looks every interesting to me. Reminds me of Abraham and Isaac.
These stones and sling reminds me of David and Goliath story. Now I can see how strong David was as a young boy. My arms would have given up after slinging only one stone. They look big and heavy. Even if I sling, I think it will fall only a couple of metres away. I would have quickly turned tail and run for life with Goliath at my heels. I’ll probably tell Goliath, “You can have the stones”!…haha
These are ancient writings written on most stone tablets, even across pictures. Most of the writing are very tiny but this one is big. They look like nails in different arrangement…how interesting! There were no curves or other shapes.
Half way through the walk, we decided to have something to eat at the cafe inside the museum. My girl bought a piece of brownie. At one bite, she said, “Mom, still yours is the best.” Now that’s so heart-warming. Of course mine is the best….hehe. I mean, it’s true mine is way better than this one. The flavour, taste and texture were not there. I think it’s just average. But when you are hungry, anything will do.
Disappointed with the brownie, I went back and make my own one. I had to. I want to go to bed feeling satisfied having eaten a good brownie. I decided to make zebra brownie using dark chocolate and white chocolate. I used my usual brownie recipe, My Best Chewy Brownies For Friends and followed the way of my Zebra Chocolate Butter Cake to create the zebra pattern. It didn’t come out in nice circles like my zebra cake but it was very delicious. See the top picture.
After the tour of the British Museum, we invited Edwin and Obasi to Malaysian Hall to try some authentic Malaysian food. They liked it very much.
What a lovely day out and what a privilege to meet 2 wonderful people, Edwin and Obasi! Edwin even bought a book, ‘Through The British Museum With The Bible’ and gave it to us as a souvenir. So sweet of him. It’s a very interesting book.
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Quote of the day……
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