Courtesy of the man behind Ian Visits, who is a good chap with a store of great stories, I managed to get myself onboard HMS Illustrious on Saturday and take a look around. What did I learn from it? Not a lot, apart from that it is huge and I couldn’t help but be amazed by the huge resources needed for one small element of beating ten bells out of other nations/ protecting us and our allies from foreign aggressors (delete as per point of view). Oh yes, and that my struggles to get up and down the stepladders inside the ship were put to shame by the 80-year-old veterans of the Fleet Air Arm who were also on board. It was a fascinating insight, and thanks to Ian (and the Royal Navy) for setting it up.