Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to announce that the Friends of Charles Darwin have their one-thousandth member, and she is none other than Karen 'Nunatak' James of the Beagle Project.
This is bordering on the incestuous. But, if it was all right for Charles Darwin to marry his cousin, why shouldn't someone from what I see as our sister website become our thousandth member? (Not that it was a fix, you understand.)
Holy crap! One-thousand Friends of Charles Darwin! Not bad for something that started after one too many Burton Ales in a Cheshire pub in March, 1994.
In celebration of this significant (in the totally arbitrary sense of the word) milestone, I am about to donate another of our hard-campaigned-for Charles Darwin tenners to the Beagle Project.
Now if we could only get our other 999 members to do likewise, we might be able to buy an anchor or something useful like that for the soon-to-be-built replica of HMS Beagle.
(Well, it's worth a shot.)