Let’s go to Defcon 5

We enjoyed last year’s Defcon event so much that the boys decided to attend it again. An hour before we were to leave Charlie decides that he want to go dressed up so we managed to cobble together a young Jedi outfit for him. Rather fitting really as his friend who came along too dress more towards the dark side.

It was so busy and with the majority of attendees were dress up, he fitted right in chatting and mingling with the other cosplayers. He got to play with some great things like life size working Daleks, R2D2s and some really impressive movies props.

I met a few really nice people too. I enjoyed meeting Michael Henbury again and this master builder and his droids who I’ve followed on YouTube for years.

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The Lego Festival 2016

We last visited the Lego Festival in Swindon back in 2012 and you can see a few photographs here. It was nice to look round it again and was impressed to see that the builds have grown in size since the last time. When I compare the photographs from both visits, the builds are not the only thing to have grown considerably – my boy has too.

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Milestones Museum

Today we visited the Milestones Museum, a place I’d never heard about until this morning. It’s a living museum made up of real streets and businesses from the Victorian, Edwardian and 30s eras, all of which you can wonder around and explore. I very much enjoyed popping into the Edwardian Baverstock Arms for a drink whilst Charlie’s favourite place would be the 30s sweet shop.

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Birthday Outing

We took a trip out to the Museum of Computing in Swindon. I’ve always thought that having a small museum like this where people could play on consoles from their childhood would be a good idea, it looks like this place beat me to it.

My favourite room had to be the one that most people passed through all too quickly. I especially enjoyed playing on the Spectrums and the much loved Atari ST.

There were also cabinets about the place which the various decades’ models on display (incidentally, the 80s cabinet houses most of the contents in my loft backing up my theory that they’re a good investment).

There was a nice cabinet of retro handhelds too and was very pleased to see my two favourite games I had in there. Sadly they’ve been binned many many years ago.

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