Sunday, 24 August 2008

No, really, this is science


Gilbert White was a clever old chap. Any normal person would be utterly content with being recognised as one of the earliest ecologists as a result of writing The Natural History of Selborne - in print for over 200 years (and the book is the science connection; see, I told you this was educational). He also has a museum dedicated to his memory, and is commemorated in two stunning windows in St Mary's in Selborne, Hants.

But as if all that wasn't enough, he also invented a scrumptious beer recipe. It's now made by a small brewery local to my father-in-law - and yes, that label does say 6% alcohol. Hic!

17 comments:

  1. A fellow beer fan! Another reason to add to my list of why I like you so much.

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  2. A regular Renaissance Man (after the actual Renaissance)! Reminds me of a guy I was just reading about (Olaus Rudbeck) who wrote a 4,000-page tome arguing that Sweden was the lost civilization of Atlantis; he didn't get around to this until after he'd discovered the lymphatic system, however. Oh, and rudbeckia flowers are named after him, too. When did these people sleep?!?

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  3. Well, I've read the book, visited the museum and seen the windows 9thye really are stunning, aren't they?) but I didn't know about the beer: that would have been the perfect finishing touch to a great day out. What made the biggest impression on me, though, when I visited Selborne was just how steply that beech hanger at the back of the museum climbs up towards the sky. When you're from the flatlands of East Anglia that kind of thing is breathtaking!

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  4. I love how you can relate anything to science!

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  5. What a clever man, hope the beer tastes good. I have nominated you for an award please visit my blog to collect it. Jane x

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  6. uumm, beer and science, now there's two things i would never have put together!!!

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  7. Mr P already thinks 'experimenting' gives him an excuse to spend more time with his friend Mr beer! He brews his own (complete with beer lab book for notes) and, like a fool, I pointed out some wild hops growing near our house yesterday. Now there are plans for a 'wild beer'. There goes our shed space - he wants to make two barrels-full!

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  8. Beer drinking is definitely science! The same goes for wine too! Lucy x

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  9. I mean it's fairly obvious.

    Experiment No.1 = how many bottles can you drink before you fall over?

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  10. Thanks for your great blog. I've had a copy of Gilbert White's book since we visited relatives in Britain when my now 26 year old was still kicking around inside me. I bring the book out and reread it now and then.

    Don't know when or if we'll ever get back to your side of the pond, but I can virtually visit when I read the blogs and see the pictures. Thank you.

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  11. Just a quick note, to let you know how much F.U.N. I had reading your blog.
    Kisses
    Debbie Moss
    XXXXX

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  12. Mmmm - Alton's not too far from here ...maybe a nice trip out with the kids for some ecological supplies :)

    Selborne is a beautiful place. WE had a great walk there up the very steep hill and rewarded ourselves with a very nice afternoon tea aftrewards.

    xxx

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  13. Cetainly a man of science worth further study!

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  14. Some folk are just talented - how do you invent a (good) beer and be such a talented naturalist. What's the relationship here?

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  15. The bottle looks so sophisticated, it could be wine.. LOL!

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