Happy Anniversaries

It seems that 2009 is quite a significant year for anniversaries.

Both the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and The British Museum celebrate 250 years since they opened.

It is 250 years since the birth of Rabbie Burns, national bard of Scotland, which has inspired the Homecoming Scotland 2009 campaign that I have written about before.

It is 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin, and, still on the subject of his life, it is also 150 years since the first publication of On the Origin of the Species.

As a graduand, I can feel a measure of pride and connection to the 800th Anniversary of Cambridge University which begins today, the first Saturday of the Lent Term.

One thing I do intend to mark is Monday’s celebration – the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe – no doubt by pondering many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.

Then of course, there is the impending 30th anniversary of my own birth to attend to…

Public or private, I bid you a happy anniversary…

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