Saturday, 7 November 2009
I am part of a team of colleagues who have pledged to grow a moustache this year for Movember. I have decided to put down my razor for one month (November) and help raise awareness and funds for men's health – specifically prostate cancer.
What many people don't appreciate is that one man dies every hour of prostate cancer in the UK, more than 35,000 men will be diagnosed this year and that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Facts like these have convinced me I should get involved and I am hoping that you will support me.
To donate to my Mo, you can either:
• Click this link http://uk.movember.com/mospace/401940/ and donate online using your credit card, debit card or PayPal account
• Write a cheque payable to 'The Prostate Cancer Charity - Movember', referencing my Registration Number and mailing it to: Movember - The Prostate Cancer Charity, First Floor, Cambridge House, Cambridge Grove, London, W6 0LE.
Movember is now in its third year here in the UK and, to date, has achieved some pretty amazing results by working alongside The Prostate Cancer Charity. Check out further details at: http://uk.movemberfoundation.com/research-and-programs.
If you are interested in following the progress of my Mo, click here http://uk.movember.com/mospace/401940/. Also, http://uk.movember.com has heaps of useful information.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
“THE WEDGWOODS AND THE DARWINS - THE MARRIAGE OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY” – Conference @ The Wedgwood Museum
THE WEDGWOODS AND THE DARWINS - THE MARRIAGE OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Sunday 15th November 2009
A symposium to be held at the Wedgwood Museum - Winner of The Art Fund Prize and Museum of the Year 2009
The voyage of the Beagle took Charles Darwin to the other side of the Earth, seeking answers to the mystery of man's origins. Yet so often, his questions would lead him back to Staffordshire, to the land of his grandfathers, Josiah Wedgwood and Erasmus Darwin, and to intense discussions with his Wedgwood kin.
At the end of a year in which Darwin's bicentenary and the 150th anniversary of 'Origins' have caused this modest giant of science to be examined, the Wedgwood Museum-Winner of the Art Fund Prize and Museum of the Year 2009 - presents a symposium illustrating the evolution of the relationship between the Wedgwoods and the Darwins.
Museum opens 10.00am
Welcome and Coffee 10.15-10.45
10.45 Introduction by Alison Wedgwood
11.00am My favourite Aesculapius Gaye Blake Roberts, Director of the Wedgwood Museum, discusses the beginnings of the relationship between the Wedgwoods and the Darwins and the friendship between Josiah Wedgwood and Erasmus Darwin.
11.45am "...No blue-printed plates like mine in Staffordshire." Lynn Miller, Wedgwood Museum Information Officer, assesses this statement by Josiah ll with reference to the Darwin waterlily pattern and other botanical prints of the early 19th century.
12.30-2.00 pm Lunch and an opportunity to view the award-winning museum galleries.
2.00pm "Get up your steam and have a ramble in Wales." Museum Archivist, Kevin Salt illustrates Charles Darwin's sorties into Snowdonia from boyhood to old age.
2.45pm "Near and Dear Friends" Deputy Learning and Access Manager, Sharon Gater considers the extent to which Charles Darwin's ideas were influenced by family members.
3.30pm Conclusion by Alan Wedgwood
Tickets cost £25 - Concessions £15 (Students, Seniors and Friends of the Wedgwood Museum). Ticket price includes lunch (please indicate any dietary requirements on the attached booking form).
To book your place at this unique event please forward payment and a completed booking form to:
The Wedgwood Museum,
Staffordshire. ST12 9ER
In light of postal disruptions bookings can also be made via email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org