Nieuws

Het laatste nieuws over het land, de taal of de cultuur.
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Agenda

Evenementen in Nederland

 

15 en 16 december 2018

Charles Dickens Festijn

te Deventer

 

 

Feest- en gedenkdagen in de Engelstalige wereld

 

23 april  - Engeland

Day of St. George (Sint Jorisdag)

De sterfdag van de patroonheilige van Engeland.

 

 

25 april - Australië en Nieuw-Zeeland

Anzac Day 

Veteranendag. Een dag om stil te staan bij alle Austaliërs en Nieuw-Zeelanders die hebben gediend en gevallen zijn in gewapende conflicten en vredesoperaties. 

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Statistiek

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Charles Darwin - The Origin of Species




 

(De Nederlandse vertaling van dit fragmentverschijnt binnenkort)

 

Charles Darwin
The Origin of Species

 

It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of life and from use and disuse: a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows.

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.

 

 








Citaat van de dag

"Als een man genoeg heeft van Londen heeft hij genoeg van het leven, want Londen heeft alles wat het leven te bieden heeft.
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for in London there is all that life can afford. "
- Samuel Johnson -
(1709-1784)
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