Sir John Houblon

Sir John Who-blon? Sir John Houblon. You must have heard of him: first governor of the Bank of England. He was such an important and influential chap that they chose to depict him on the back of the £50 note. What? On the highest denomination note of the realm? That's right. In 1994, the Bank… Continue reading Sir John Houblon

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Can Red Lions Evolve?

Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin. —Charles Darwin The Descent of Man, 1871 As is explained elsewhere, the Red Lion public house, Parkgate, Cheshire may one day go down in history as the birthplace of the Friends of Charles Darwin. Until then, we can but reflect on… Continue reading Can Red Lions Evolve?

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The Darwinian Theory: the errors

Where to begin? The errors within John Young's ballad The Darwinian Theory are both manifold and, I suspect, entirely intentional: Oh! have you heard the news of late / About our great original state?Darwin's theory explains how we (and every other life-form) evolved from simple beginnings - our original state was not, therefore, great (in… Continue reading The Darwinian Theory: the errors

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The Darwinian Theory

by John Young, C.E. (Air: The King of the Cannibal Islands, Allegretto) Oh! have you heard the news of late,About our great original state?If you have not, I will relateThe grand Darwinian theory.Take care as you saunter along the street,How you tread on the dust beneath your feet:You may crush a cherub in embryo sweet,For… Continue reading The Darwinian Theory

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‘Charlie Is My Darwin’: the errors

Torn Rubbers' unacknowledged masterpiece, Charlie is my Darwin, while commendably celebrating the work of Charles Darwin, makes a number of minor factual errors, viz: Darwin did not sail to countries far and near—his first landfall on his circumnavigation was in South America, which is a considerable distance from his native England. His penultimate landfall was… Continue reading ‘Charlie Is My Darwin’: the errors

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