Category Archives: Free Time

All kind of things I do in my free time

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Only three years after moving to Cambridge Silke and I finally managed to visit the nearby Imperial War Museum Duxford. It is Chris Cunningham’s fault that we finally made it. He visited Duxford two weeks ago and published a lot of photos in his blog.

We took advantage of the nice weather last Saturday (which is a very uncommon phenomenon on a Bank holiday weekend) and drove to Duxford at noon. As the museum is located on a former airfield of the Royal Air Force it covers a wide areal. We spend an hour walking around and looking at various planes outside:

We even saw a Hurricane performing aerobatics over the airfield.

After a lunch break we made our way through some of the many hangars. We started with the Battle of Britain hangar, continued to the restauration hangar and finally reached the The American Air Museum. And there it was, the aeroplane I wanted to see most of all, just right in front of me: The SR-71 Blackbird.

I have been fascinated by this aeroplane since my childhood days. And I wouldn’t have dreamed of standing in front of one of them.

There was so much more to see in Duxford, and Silke and I didn’t even manage to enter all the hangars. I guess we will have to come back to see the rest. 🙂

Movie of the Week: The Dark Knight

A lot has been said about the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight. Especially Heath Ledger‘s performance as the Joker has been praised a lot. I became sceptical about the film because of all the hype.

This evening Silke and I went to watch The Dark Knight ourselves. I must say it deserved all the hype. The movie was exciting, disturbing and full of action. Heath Ledger was simply brilliant. He reached a level of malignant madness that will assure him a place in the midst of legendary movie villains.

All in all it was one of the two best Batman movies ever. It reflected the dark ambience of the comics perfectly.

Movie of the Week: WALL-E

Pixar are back at the box office: after fishes and cars it is time for robots now. The hero of their latest movie WALL-E is a box shaped robot which looks like a cute miniature version of Number 5.

The movie is refreshingly different from other animated films. It features neither funny talking animals nor living objects with human faces. There is even hardly any dialogue in the first 30 minutes. Instead it delivers a serious message wrapped in a lot of humour. And it manages to do that without benig lecturing.

WALL-E is good entertainment which provides food for thought.