Today we will be celebrating Darwin's birthday with a cake. I understand that in Shrewsbury, the place of Darwin's birth, they are planning to blow up their cake. What a pity!
You might remember that in ferreting around for genealogy information on relatives, the Professor unearthed my connection to William Playfair. This same Playfair, through the Lunar Society was friends with Charles Darwin's grandfathers. Erasmus Darwin was one grandfather, and Josiah Wedgewood was the other grandfather of Charles Darwin. I will serve cake on Wedgewood china, [the very same Wedgewoods], as it was likely done when Charles was born. Just a fun little thing.
"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."
On Thursday, the Royal Mail announced that it would issue ten stamps that commemorate the 200th birthday of the natural scientist Charles Darwin, born on February 12, 1809 in Shrewsbury.
The ten stamps depict the British scientist’s impressive work in various areas of biology, geology, botany, zoology, ornithology and anthropology. The Royal Mail will commemorate the event on Thursday in Shrewsbury.
A representative at the Royal Mail pointed out that the stamps have a jigsaw shape, revealing the way in which Charles Darwin managed to discover various aspects of life and unify them into complex theory. His studies blended in one of humankind’s most important idea of its own origins through the evolution theory.
The Royal Mail will also issue a full size sheet consisting of four stamps. Together, the four stamps depict the Galapagos Islands and the various species of animals that Charles Darwin studied in the 1830s, prior to the release of his book On the Origin of Species.
The authorities in Shrewsbury are also planning to commemorate the birth of the greatest British naturalist. On Thursday afternoon, the officials will blow up a cake in The Square. There will be other events that celebrate Darwin’s anniversary too, such as a toast at the Morris Hall. A birthday party will also take place in the town, celebrating all the children in Shrewsbury that were born on February 12.
If the Professor reads this posting, he will learn that he will be receiving some of these stamps, via post, hopefully with a special Darwin postmark, sent from London on this day. There is no bigger fan, and I hope he'll like the stamps. Surprise!
Funny how you find things out by reading this blog!