So that was Darwin Year, was it? I was unsurprisingly correct this time last year when I said that we were going to be hearing an awful lot about Charles Darwin over the next twelve months, ranging from the enlightening to the utter bollocks. True to my word, I did my best to ignore the party-poopers. I hope they didn't spoil your celebrations either.
The United Nations has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. Good for them: I endorse this decision wholeheartedly.
But the UN isn't the only organisation which gets to classify years. To mark the centenary of the death of Florence Nightingale, some have chosen to promote 2010 as the International Year of the Nurse, while the South African Sports Minister has dubbed it the International Year of African Football. The Chinese, as is their wont, will be referring to most of 2010 as the Year of the Tiger.
So how will the Friends of Charles Darwin be referring to 2010, I hear you ask. Silly question, if I might say so…
The Friends of Charles Darwin hereby declare 2010 to be Darwin Year.
As all true Darwin groupies know, every year is Darwin Year.