The more I think about it Stella and I could have stumbled on to the set of Torchwood yesterday, but no, we visited my brother at Southwick House/HMS Dryad.
All in all it was rather a surreal day from the moment we set off from the fog which enveloped Portsdown to what met us when Tony ( my brother) gave us a tour of the site.
Yes, this is a body - not a real one, and yes his trousers are undone! Ben (CSI instructor) met us outside a purpose built house that is used when teaching people in all three services about crime scene investigation. There followed a brief talk about what they do and in each room there were other crimes set up.The best was kept to last, a suicide in the loft but sadly due to my decrepitude it was up to Stella to follow Ben up the ladder and examine the scene, suicide note and all - "I'm sorry, I forgot"
This is my brother trying to get Stella and Ben out of the loft as time was pressing - Stella and I could have stayed there for hours....
We then met the delightful Cat who showed us around a virtual Police station with interview rooms and "sets" of typical scenarios the investigators, once trained, are likely to see on a regular basis - a bar(!) inside a typical home of someone in the forces etc.
Then into the mess for a spot of lunch,Tony had surpassed himself lining up a lunch companion in the form of his friend the blonde Adonis Jack. He's not a Captain, he's a Lieutenant Commander, but Captain Jack suited him better.
After lunch we were deposited in the room where the D Day landings were planned. The original map that Churchill and Eisenhower used is still there.
Apologies for the poor quality - there is a screen in front of it which was bouncing light off in all directions.....
Look! Littlehampton gets a mention.
It was such a hoot and so interesting , and so kind of Tony to go to so much effort for us.
No prizes for composition..... Stella and Tony