Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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As an evolutionary biologist who has held a postdoctoral fellowship in a Natural History Museum, I cannot think of a better place in the world for a reading and signing of the last book in the Harry Potter series than the Natural History Museum in London. At least for me!

1,700 lucky fans in Britain and Ireland will win a signed a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The first 500 randomly selected winners will also be invited to attend the midnight reading. All winners will receive a copy of the book, and the event will take place at the Natural History Museum on July 21, the day the book is released. Seven lucky American residents will win round-trip tickets to London and hotel accommodations to participate in the reading.

I doubt I’ll be one of the winners, but I will enter anyway!

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  1. #1 Diane in Ohio
    May 28, 2007

    Oh,I do so hope you win!! Wouldn’t THAT be such a fine trip!! :o)

  2. #2 Ed Yong
    May 28, 2007

    The Natural History Museum is one of my favourite places in all of London. Last year, I bought a membership which gives you (among other things) access to the ‘members’ room’. I couldn’t work out where this was until a helpful man pointed out a very unobtrusive door next to the entrance. We went through and found ourselves in a little room with comfy chairs , a bit like a school common room, complete with small kitchen, free coffee and tea, and magazine rack. Except this one had a telly with a wide range of BBC wildlife documentaries, and a massive glass display case containing all sorts of biological odds and ends including an entire crocodile skull.

    Which is exactly why the NHM is awesome – despite the hordes of visitors, it always manages to feel magical and a little bit secret.

  3. #3 Historian
    May 28, 2007

    History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought. ~
    Etienne Gilson

  4. #4 Library Diva
    May 29, 2007

    You would be the ideal winner for that contest…it’s everything you like, together in one place!

  5. #5 Chris' Wills
    May 29, 2007

    Good luck in the competition.

    Though once inside how would they get you out of the Natural History Museum :o)

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