I am going to interrupt my happy meanderings through the fungi of Haida Gwaii to mark two unique events, both of which happened yesterday, 2nd May 2011.
The first (and possibly the more important) was the election in my Federal riding,
Saanich and Gulf Islands, of Elizabeth May, National Leader of the Green Party of Canada, to Parliament, handily defeating the long-standing Conservative incumbent (and Cabinet Minister) Gary Lunn. She is the first Green to be elected in a Canadian Federal election, and I feel proud to have played a small part in her campaign.
The second event was the arrival of four copies of our new book, The Genera of Hyphomycetes. These copies are to be signed by all four authors and distributed among them. This book, the product of 20 years' work, looks just as fine as I thought it would, and I look forward to getting copies to my friends and colleagues as soon as I can. The book is just over 1,000 pages long, and has thousands of illustrations. It will be the standard work for years to come, and I am proud to have been part of the team that produced it.
Here is the cover...