27 January 2008

Darwin (Bank Holi)day

Calling all British citizens and residents, click on over and sign the new petition to create a UK bank holiday on Darwin's birthday. I wonder if Friends of Charles Darwin had anything to do with this?

Speaking of Darwin Day, it's coming soon! Yep, February 12th is Darwin's 199th birthday. I plan to celebrate in two ways:
  1. I will be interviewed for a Natural History Museum Nature Live event called "Charles Darwin: the young explorer", which you can watch live online at 12:30PM Greenwich Mean Time on the day.
  2. I will also attend the now storied "Charles Darwin's Birthday Party" at aforementioned museum on 13th February, advert below. The topic is eerily newsworthy considering the latest brouhaha about hopeful monsters/saltation, punctuated equilibria and the like.

1 comment:

Richard Carter, FCD said...

> I wonder if Friends of Charles
> Darwin had anything to do
> with this?

Nope. But I'm pretty sure I signed the petition some time ago.

It's a pity Darwin was born in February: just about the worst month as far as the British weather is concerned. No UK government is going to create a new holiday in February; if anything, they'll go for a more clement month. Far more votes in that.