Charles Darwin exhibit, National Museum of Australia
Another week of work in Canberra followed by a relaxing weekend. On Sunday we decided to fully indulge Lydia in her favourite past-times of Canberra - we had both lunch and dinner at her favourite restaurant, the Pancake Parlour, with two different sets of good friends, we visited the National Museum of Australia and we went to the movies (we saw Seven Pounds). The NationalMuseum had two excellent special exhibits, one on the best political cartoons of 2008 and one to celebrate Charles Darwin’s publication of “On the Origin of Species”. What I enjoyed most about the Charles Darwin exhibit was his notebooks from when he fell in love with Emma Wedgewood. He drew up two lists, one called “Marry” and one called “Not marry”. After weighing up the pros and cons he decided that a constant companion and a friend in old age out-weighed less money for books and the terrible loss of time. Also interesting was just how close he came to dying when he visited Australia. He had no idea of how venomous our reptiles were and calmly picked up even incredibly dangerous ones like the tiger snake saying "appears quite inoffensive and has no idea of biting".
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