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Jeremy Lockwood on ‘Dinosaurs and their Bowels’

On Monday 8th October (starting at 7pm) Jeremy Lockwood, the Chairman of the Friends of Dinosaur Isle, will be talking.

Jeremy Lockwood has done a lot of research into the palaeobiology of dinosaurs.

This time he will be exploring the alimentary canal of Dinosaurs from mouth to anus and revealing not only their diets but also some of the diseases that afflicted them.

Hence title of talk “Dinosaurs and their Bowels”. Jeremy’s talks can be amusing as well as informative.


The Regency Suite is above the Conservative Club in Shanklin in Palmerston Road just off the High Street.

The nearest car parks are in Landguard Road and Orchardleigh Road, both only two or three minutes walk to the Conservative Club. Parking is free after 6pm.

As we have to pay a rent for the facilities, we have to ask for a donation of at least £3 on the door to make sure we cover all our expenses. i.e. the rent, cost of speakers’ travel expenses and a meal, plus overnight accommodation if needed.

Colin Stevenson on ‘The amazing physiology of Crocodiles’

Colin Stevenson, the Education Officer at “Crocodiles of the World”, will be talking about “The amazing physiology of Crocodiles” on 12th November (moved from October).

Crocodiles have survived for over a hundred million years and one of the reasons for their survival is their physiology.

They have a very advanced immune system which means that if they are bitten, for example by another crocodile, they do not develop blood poisoning.

They also have a much more sophisticated heart than ourselves.


The Regency Suite is above the Conservative Club in Shanklin in Palmerston Road just off the High Street.

The nearest car parks are in Landguard Road and Orchardleigh Road, both only two or three minutes walk to the Conservative Club. Parking is free after 6pm.

As we have to pay a rent for the facilities, we have to ask for a donation of at least £3 on the door to make sure we cover all our expenses. i.e. the rent, cost of speakers’ travel expenses and a meal, plus overnight accommodation if needed.

Professor John McGeehan on Engineering a Plastic eating enzyme for Plastic Bottles

Professor John McGeehan Director of the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the School of Biological Sciences at Portsmouth University will be talking about “Engineering a Plastic eating enzyme for Plastic Bottles”

This talk is about the latest successful research into the degrading of plastic bottles.

The Regency Suite is above the Conservative Club in Shanklin in Palmerston Road just off the High Street.

The nearest car parks are in Landguard Road and Orchardleigh Road, both only two or three minutes walk to the Conservative Club. Parking is free after 6pm.

As we have to pay a rent for the facilities, we have to ask for a donation of at least £3 on the door to make sure we cover all our expenses. i.e. the rent, cost of speakers’ travel expenses and a meal, plus overnight accommodation if needed.

Tanja Rebel on ‘The Eco-Philosophical Journey’

On Monday 4th June (a week earlier than usual) one of our members – Tanja Rebel – is going to talk about “The Eco-Philosophical Journey”

Up until the 19th century, Natural Philosophy was the term used for the study of nature and it was the birth mother of what we today call science. This talk look at how anthropocentric bias in Philosophy and later Science have contributed to the current Planetary Crisis and conversely how a new form of Philosophy and Science might contribute to the solution. It will visit a number of Eco-philosophical schools of thought – from Ecoholism to Deep Ecology – which started to emerge in the second half of the 20th century and which could help us form a constructive way forward to a more ecocentric worldview.

One question to be raised is whether nature has value in itself. Another is whether scientific solutions can solve our current predicament or whether the answer lies in a change of outlook and life style. Are we ready for a Paradigm Shift?

Eco philosopher
Tanja Rebel is a teacher of Philosophy and Religious Studies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a Masters Degree in Ethics, Religion and Society.

Her Dissertation focused on Eco-Philosophy and Global Ethics. Tanja regularly holds talks on Eco-Philosophy at a variety of venues.