Friday, 8 October 2010

from my Inbox

To: Geography
Subject: Henry Smeathman - Explorer and Naturalist

Good afternoon,
I would like to draw your attention to the following lecture, to be held at the Royal Society Centre for History of Science next week:

Henry Smeathman – Explorer and Naturalist
Speaker: Dr Starr Douglas
Friday 15 October, 1pm

Henry Smeathman is remembered today for his work in two different but connected fields of knowledge - natural history and colonial settlement. His sponsored expedition to Sierra Leone in the 1770s resulted in a ground breaking treatise on tropical termites, and paved the way for his plan of settlement for Sierra Leone - a plan which later came to fruition. This talk will explore the life and legacy of this unusual and energetic man, including a discussion of the monkeys from the Leverian collection.

The event is free but as space is limited we recommend registering for a seat in advance.

I hope this may be of interest, and would be grateful if you could pass this information on to any of your colleagues or contacts who might also like to hear about it.

Thanks and best wishes,
Information and Promotion Officer
The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG

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I thought I would pass it on...
I have a wide readership...
somebody might be interested in termites.


  1. How is it that I've devoted my life to such a wide field of endeavors? Why didn't I think of narrowing my interests? Yes, on some level this is an invitation to what will, undoubtedly, be a fascinating topic of discussion. But, for me, it brings up a much larger question.

  2. I wonder if my interest in weevils in the flour bin could pave the way to opening up as yet undiscovered territories.

  3. Damn. It coincides exactly with my Edgar Allan Poe event.

    Will you be there? I could think of you, or we could send giggling secret texts throughout both events like fifth formers.

  4. Gracious. You move in very intellectual circles! My inbox contains the school newsletter and numerous kind messages telling me I have won a fortune. All I need to do is send a little bit of money to their bank account and they will sort it all out.
    I must try harder to improve myself!

  5. My inbox is so not like yours ...

  6. Maybe if there was a buffet...

  7. Jackie made me laugh out loud!
    Bobby x

  8. Ooooh my eldest son would be right into that!


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