Everyone loved Professor Banks. He was our science teacher, an obsessive experimenter, a real brainiac. A master of medicine, an encyclopedia of botanic knowledge, an animal whisperer and a hero amongst students.
Day and night, Professor Banks could be found in his private laboratory surrounded by iridescent vegetables, levitating furniture and beakers bubbling with mixtures of every colour.
His lab was off limits to us kids, which naturally made it irresistible.