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Special Sunday lunch Celebrating Darwin's 203rd birthday

Come and help us celebrate Darwin's birthday at this special Sunday lunch.

We will probably be eating a traditional Sunday roast but did you know Darwin was not adverse to tasting the many species he studied?

While at Cambridge Darwin joined the Gourmet Club which met once a week and tucked into such delights as hawk and bittern, however his curious taste did not extend to old brown owl which he found 'indescribable'.

During his voyage on the Beagle he ate armadillo, 'a most excellent dish when roasted in it's shell', agoutis, 'the best meat I ever tasted' and also puma, 'it tasted like veal'.

He also tried rhea, but sent some uneaten parts back to the Zoological Society in London; they named the bird after him, rhea darwinii.

In the Galapagos he ate iguanas and giant tortoises, he liked the later so much he loaded 48 of them aboard the Beagle to eat on the journey back.

If you know any more interesting facts about Darwin please bring them along to the lunch.

You may also like to think what gift you would bring him for his Birthday, were he able to join us for dinner. What book would you give him, and what would you tell him about life in the 21st century and how he has effected your life?

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  • David M.

    Excellent company with a good mix of old and young, different cultural backgrounds, newer and older members + great to see Manos with guests. We kept chatting for hours. And toasted Charles of course; no, the one with the 203rd birthday

    February 13, 2012

  • Jim

    A very enjoyable occasion seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I arrived at 1pm and left at 5.15 !

    February 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    good company, nice atmosphere, food cheap but could be better...

    February 13, 2012

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