The last time I went to Hastings it was to see Nick Cave performing live on the pier. It was amazing.
It was a very different flavour of amazing that took us up the A59 to Hastings again on Friday night, as we went to see Guinness World Records Officially Amazing Science Live.
Alas there were no murder ballads this time but to be honest we were spoiled for those the last time.
This show is part of a science-themed 42 date live tour currently visiting theatres around the UK.
The family-friendly event is a high energy mix of world record attempts and recreations. I won't give too much away, but this video introduces the show:
We learned a lot about what actually makes a world record, and saw several re-created and new attempts made.
All in all it was fun, educational and enjoyable, though I was less keen on the fact that the only female cast member was frequently the butt of the jokes. I want girls to engage with science, and they need decent role models for that - she should have been kicking those fellers' asses with supercool experiments, not dressing up as a dog and getting gaffer taped to a wall.
Over all, we thought this was a good show for kids aged around 6-12. My kids enjoyed all the facts and seeing a world record getting broken but were less keen on the explosions - there are a lot of loud bangs which you'll either love or hate.
And the next day my son got out the last two year's Guinness World Record books to see what had changed. Looks like a spark's been ignited.
Guinness World Records Officially Amazing Science Live is currently on tour around the UK until the middle of April. You can see full tour dates here. Ticket prices vary; our family was given tickets for the purposes of review.
This show is not in any way connected to Thomas Dolby, but it reminded me of this song: