Skived off with a mate yesterday to the Elvington Air Museum, where they were having a series of events to fit in with the Festival of Science. We intended to hear the talk about the Halifax bomber, but that was cancelled, so instead we had a look round a Dakota... Amazing - the one we were in had 54 years flying service. Taking a quick look in the cockpit, we couldn't help thinking, how hard would it be... I mean, I understand what most of the dials mean... And Simon has a half hour lesson in a Tiger Moth under his belt... Apparently, they are amazingly sturdy and forgiving - there is a story of one where the crew bailed when the fuel ran out, and the Dakota obligingly landed itself in a field... Even better though, I spotted this ad in a facsimile newspaper: I always knew I was right about chocolate counting as a vegetable... We also heard a talk on Barnes Wallis - there's an amazing man!