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The naturalist, the actress and you? Charles Darwin and the Galapagos

September 2009

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of English naturalist Charles Darwin, and in recognition of the publication of his ground-breaking book The Origin of the Species, global travel company Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) is operating an amazing tour of the Galapagos Islands. Guests will cruise around the archipelago on board the M/V Eclipse, taking in the fascinating landscapes, wildlife and pristine waters of this unique environment where Darwin conducted so much of his important work.  For every guest travelling on this unique journey, A&K will be donating USD1000 to the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), whose work continues in the spirit of the great man himself.

Leaving from Quito, Ecuador in October 2009, A&K is delighted to announce that renowned British actress and conservation campaigner Miranda Richardson will be joining the M/V Eclipse cruise. Also travelling will be Randal Keynes, Charles Darwin’s great, great grandson who, with the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galapagos Conservation Trust, has supported this initiative from the outset. Both special guests on board will provide a unique flavour to this unique fundraising event, which has created much interest among valued A&K guests around the world.

The tour commences in Quito on 22 October ending 01 November 2009 and is priced from USD7792 per person which includes a compulsory donation to the Charles Darwin Foundation of USD1000 per person. With a maximum of just 48 passengers onboard the M/V Eclipse, this once in a lifetime experience will awaken adventure in every traveller, ensuring a journey like no other.

Highlights of the cruise include

  • An exclusive programme organised by the Charles Darwin Foundation in Puerto Ayora hosted in person by the Executive Director of the Foundation in the Galapagos, Dr. Gabriel Lopez..
  • A series of after-dinner talks given by Randal about Darwin and the Galapagos with many opportunities for discussion of other topics.

The combination of special guests plus unique activities and events will provide guests with an unprecedented and privileged chance to celebrate Darwin’s anniversary year in a most memorable way!

Donations made will profit the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF), an international not-for-profit organisation that provides scientific research and technical information and assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos Islands. For over fifty years, CDF has worked closely with the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), the main government authority overseeing the safeguarding of the islands’ natural resources, to conserve this stunning, living laboratory.

Sujata Raman, A&K’s Australasian Managing Director said, “We are thrilled to welcome aboard the great, great grandson of Charles Darwin, Randal Keynes as well as renowned actress Miranda Richardson, for this exciting, educational and awe-inspiring insight into the work and travels of naturalist Charles Darwin. Through their passionate involvement in environmental campaigns, both Randal and Miranda have ensured that the issues of climate change and environmental awareness are strongly supported in the worldwide community. This passionate belief is in line with the long held vision of A&K of the importance of social and ecologically responsible travel for now and the future generations of travellers.  We’re delighted to be supporting the Charles Darwin Foundation whilst creating an unforgettable experience for our guests.”

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2011 rugby world cup event in New Zealand

NZ begins RWC 2011 countdown (see also The Girls Guide to Rugby)

Dateline 09-09-09 was celebrated with particular significance in New Zealand today, marking exactly two years out from the opening game of the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Public celebrations hinted at what rugby fans and supporters can expect in the host regions, and offered a taste of the spin New Zealand will put on the major event.

With more than 60,000 international visitors expected for RWC 2011, plans for accommodation, major building work and business development are well underway.

Rugby New Zealand 2011 says tickets will go on sale in early 2010, and fans will be able to buy discounted ticket packages for specific venues or teams.

The tournament will be the biggest event ever held in New Zealand, and is expected to inject NZ$476m into the New Zealand economy. Continue reading “2011 rugby world cup event in New Zealand”