WE TOOK Ronnie and Reggie to one of their favourite places this week: Glasgow Museum of Transport. It’s jam-packed with old buses, subway trains, trams, steam engines and classic cars.
But what it has more of than anything is signs warning you not to touch anything. Given that young children seem to be fascinated by all things transport-related, it seems particularly mean to deprive them of the chance, for example, to stand in the cab of a steam engine, or to sit in the driving seat of a vintage Bentley.
But no, that would be far too interesting. “Look but don’t touch,” is an injunction that might as well be “Look but don’t dare enjoy yourself”.
As it happens, Ronnie and Reggie loved just looking and didn’t seem too disappointed when we had to explain that they couldn’t sit in a particular car, or go inside an interesting-looking carriage. But they’re young, and I wouldn’t be surprised if, when they’re just a few years older, they’ll be instantly bored by such restrictions. And I wouldn’t blame them.
Meanwhile, the museum seems to have committed sacrilege against All Things Who: a red Tardis? Some people have no respect…