Every year I get the chance to be even more adenoidal and geekie than usual and mix with my peers at the Annual astronomy fesival in Herstmonceaux which is only 5 minutes drive away. The domes of the old observatory used to house the nations best telescopes - responsible for some landmark observations and research - but due to funding issues the place was closed. In recent years it has reopened as a science centre for kids and we often go for a day out there. Once a year for 3 days it is taken over by the astronomy world - lectures etc
Sir Patrick Moore always tries to attend to give a talk (for the US people he hosts the longest running TV programme in the world called the Sky at night which he has fronted personaly for over 50 years - he is foremost a lunar astronomer and was one of the first to map the moon.
The man is a legend and will spend ages chatting with anyone who passes - Thomas sent him a drawing last year and the disabled octogenarian replied the next day with a whole load of freebies and an invite to his house!
On family day there was a Lord present as well as the Knight of the realm
As Matthew went in costume they made quite a fuss (they were superb by the way - part of an offical garrison - Vader even spoke with a James Earl Jones voice and the stormstoorpers were taking orders it was awesome.
"you know ..... you would have made a much better son than that luke kid.."
Matthew turned rather quickly and had me arrested