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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Conserving biodiversity. Whose money? Whose rules?

A high-profile panel debates the costs and advantages of retaining biodiversity in South Africa.

Chaired by the BBC’s Andrew Marr, with panellists including Johan Eliasch, founder of Cool Earth, Stella Simiyu of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Jon Williams, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Professor Monique Simmonds, Deputy Keeper of the Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

This event took place on 29 September 2010.

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