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I joined thousands of sightseers and took my kids to see the USS Theodore Roosevelt the giant American aircraft carrier at Stokes Bay.

I picked the kids up from school and we cycled to the seafront. I think I was more excited than them. In fact my daughter was more interested in feeding carrots to horses as we cycled past their fields. Horses versus the might of the US Navy? No contest.

When we got to the beach we all had a good look at the ship through my binoculars. I also took lots of photos and video clips.

I’m a geek when it comes to things that are big and move – totally fascinated when I see a jumbo jet take off. Equally a Eurostar train travelling at 200mph is an awesome sight.

Sadly my kids were more fascinated by the ice cream van than the carrier.