As always it was all beautifully staged and children rushed about between Scratch'n'Sniff exhibits ( "Eeeugh Mama , mouse pee smells disgusting !" "No Mama , rat pee smells worse !!" ) , tiny skeletons ,
a large array of lethal antique mousetraps and the biggest stuffed mouse in the world .
The art exhibition at the entrance was good too , though it did seem slightly tactless to have filled walls with paintings of owls .
Altogether I was glad I'd managed to drag myself away from a very good book , Ian McEwan's The Children Act , to go ... even if I don't seem to have come back alone .