Monday, October 28, 2013


In a double header presented by Joan and Tricia our two past presidents of CNS. reported on an outing to "Antarctica” taking in the The Falklands wildlife and history, South Georgia and meeting up with the grand daughter of Ernest Shackleton. The ice sculptures from the glaciers and bergs were as spectacular as the scenery which really does make you wonder how anyone managed to cross those mountains. 

The intrepid duo had quite a better time in their adventure and they certainly had the best of accommodation in their former Russian spy ship. With Albatross and the like being easily visible from the heated bridge it made you wonder why they would want to get out, but out they did and dressed in bright red survival suits they went from ship to shore to have their adventures. 

You may think this attire would frighten off the wildlife, but none of it, as the seals just kept an eye on them and six different penguins made for an exciting time birdwatching. 


Friday, October 18, 2013

Got a boring wall?

Why not see if the Open University poster can brighten it up

We received this link from one of our members and thought it was worth sharing

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Do you know about Wallace ?

Many of us do and are aware of where he lived in Usk for a short time

I had this series of lectures pointed out to me and wanted to share

All other series lectures (listed below) will be held in the Wallace Lecture Theatre (Room 0.13), in the Main Building at Cardiff University (Park Place, CF10 3AT). All lectures will begin at 18:30, and are FREE TO ATTEND. No advance booking is required. All members of the University and the general public are welcome.
  • 8 October 2013: James Williams (University of Sussex) – "Alfred Russel Wallace – a Life, a Love of Science, and the Mysterious Missing 'L'"
  • 12 November 2013: Mike Bruford (Cardiff University) – "Wallace and the Foundations of Biogeography"
  • 10 December 2013: Sandy Knapp (Natural History Museum) – "Wallace in Wales"
  • 14 January 2014: Steve Jones (University College London) – "Wallace and the Limits to Evolution"
  • 11 February 2014: Dick Vane-Wright (University of Kent & Natural History Museum) – "Wallace and Coloration"
  • 11 March 2014: Danny McCarroll (Swansea University) – "Wallace and Ice Ages"
  • 8 April 2014: Stephen Inglis (National Institute for Biological Standards & Control) – "Wallace and Vaccination: Great Minds Don't Always Think Alike"
  • 13 May 2014: Martin Rees (University of Cambridge) – "Wallace and Extraterrestrial Life"
  • 10 June 2014: Chris Stringer (Natural History Museum) – "Wallace, Darwin and Human Evolution"
Download the brochure HERE.
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