Our fifth newsletter marks the anniversary of Charles Darwin setting sail aboard HMS Beagle.
Writing tagged: ‘voyage of the beagle (book)’
20-Feb-1835: Darwin witnesses an earthquake
On 20th February 1835, while taking a rest in a wood in Valvidia, Southern Chile, Charles Darwin experienced a major earthquake.
If everyone else is quote-mining Darwin, why shouldn't I?
Darwin on the delights of English country walks.
25-Nov-1835: HMS Beagle entertains a royal visitor
...in the ‘large awkward’ shape of Queen Pōmarre of Tahiti.
Darwin has a go at the Catholic church
Fuelled, perhaps, by his hatred of slavery.
Darwin eats an excellent cat
As a former card-carrying member of the Glutton Club, Charles Darwin was pretty unsqueamish when it came to sampling strange flesh, but he did not at all relish the idea of eating calf foetus while travelling is South America. Fortunately, it turned out to be something decidedly more appetising: We did not reach the posta… Continue reading Darwin eats an excellent cat
How to get a large animal into a small boat
Specifically, a cow.
Darwin performs a blind test… on some condors
...to see how well they can smell.
The Falklands fox: foolish dog of the south
Concerning Darwin's dealings with this tragic creature.
06-Dec-1834: Darwin brains his future eponymous fox
Darwin kills a rare and inquisitive creature, since named after its collector.
Reading Darwin's first masterpiece
It's like confessing a murder. I have been a self-confessed 'Darwin groupie' for almost a quarter of a century, yet, until this year, I had never read what is supposed to be his most accessible book, 'The Voyage of the Beagle'.
12-Jan-1836: Darwin in the Land of Oz
On 12th January 1836, ‘HMS Beagle’ arrived in Sydney harbour, with Charles Darwin on board.