No, this is not a candid photo of me snapped early in the morning (I usually look worse), this is one of the stars of the 'Walking With Dinosaurs' show that was in Glasgow last week.
Anybody who knows my daughter will know that she has one major passion in life – dinosaurs. Very ungirly I know, they don't even come in pink for God's sake. I just live in hope that she becomes a paleontologist and discovers something amazing.
Anyway, the show at the SECC was amazing. Not something I had been looking forward to I have to admit. But boy were those beasties realistic and HUGE, you were drawn in from the word go. It was so cleverly done. If you look carefully at the above pic you can see the guys legs between the raptors feet. The big dinosaurs were moved by having little cars (like seriously low slung racing cars) fitted between the feet and then disguised as rocks. This moved the feet in a realistic wat. All the other movements like breathing (yes they did), eyes, head, tail etc were all controlled by puppeteers who directed everything by remote. It was amazing.
The tallest of the dinosaurs (braciasaurus I think, but would have to check with child expert to be sure) was over 15 meters tall. Its head just made it bellow the lighting gantry. Seemingly in the big stadiums in America where they have the domed ceilings this was no problem and in fact people couldn't really get a grasp of the sheer size of them as the auditorium itself was so huge. Well we didn't have that problem here, there beasties fairly filled the auditorium and you were just waiting for it to knock the lighting down.
It was a really good show, something I hadn't been looking forward to turned out to be real fun. And yes, a lot of that fun for me as in seeing my sidekick in complete raptures at the sight of her heroes coming to life. She had a stunned expression from the moment the show started until it closed its doors 2 hours later. She hasn't taken off her souvenir cap since, she is as mad on them as ever and I love her enthusiasm.