Any celebration, it seems, brings out the curmudgeon in the national character.
Are we destined never to be happy unless we have something to be miserable about? Anyone surprised thatthis would be a sell-out week had clearly never been near Madame Tussaud's, The Natural History Musem or any of the dozens of other attractions at half-term.
Teachers, of course, have little option but to go at such times. And, though it may be unfashionable to say so, those who have ventured to the Dome are generally delighted with what it offers. The provident professionals from Hull who chartered their own train for the purpose took the simple precaution of booking in advance. But others turned away need not despair: the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich provides an excellent alternative.