I went with our grandchildren and their father to play Si5 Spy Missions in Cambridge which turned out to be quite amusing although not what I was expecting or hoping for as suggested by the name.
The experience was not SOE and World War Two as I had hoped, grasping with learning Morse code, waiting with ten shillings at the ready for my call to visit Captain Ridley’s hunting party at Bletchley Park and solving the complicated Enigma codes and winning World War Two.
It turned out to be a much more modern scenario where we had to capture a ship from a group of baddies called Lobster or Shrimp, I think. I could be completely wrong with the name but I have a feeling it was something to do with some form of crustacean.
Much crawling about through tunnels, up and down ladders and over and under lasers was involved which caused me to think that the pair of stout leather soled shoes which I had chosen to wear was not the ideal footwear. Perhaps I might have more purchase had I worn a pair of trainers, although not the same degree of sartorial elegance.
Each room entered involved the solving of various problems which then enabled one to continue to the next, unfortunately half way through the children decided they were dying for a pee and had to leave by a door which led behind the scenes to the toilet.
Finally we had defeated the baddies and were told all we had to do now was to make our escape by solving the clues and exiting the next room. I did enquire whether it might not be a little easier using the same door the children used to find the toilet but was encouraged to continue with the game.
The children enjoyed themselves and were kind enough to compliment me on the assistance I had given during the mission, which made it all worthwhile.