Busy, Busy and even Busier
Today is Tuesday, the day after the late Spring Bank holiday in the UK and everyone is getting back to work after the long weekend. Trouble, is when you run your own business you never really seem to get a break. Still must not grumble, Sue wanted to go and see a film called Zodiac at the pictures and so off we went (I will try and post a review of this film on this blog shortly). In the meantime, lots and lots to do what with checking the orders from over the weekend have been packed and sorting out some bits and pieces in the office.
This afternoon I have a meeting with an old school friend called Pam. She is currently studying for her PhD but in between she goes into schools to provide curriculum support for history teachers. Pam’s expertise is on Olde England and particularly the Saxons. As a trained journalist she has put her communication skills to good use and made a small business out of her hobby. I will be going along to pick her considerable brains about how to market Everything Dinosaur to schools to help support science and other parts of the school teaching syllabus. It amazes me how much young people can remember about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals and if our contribution is able to enthuse them and help them with their studies then this has to be a good thing, especially when we are developing further ideas for our dinosaur workshops in schools.
We have done various dinosaur themed activities, (no doubt we will publish some notes and pics of our adventures), even children as young as three come up to me with their favourite animal and then proceed to tell me all about it. I recall meeting one particular young person who dazzled me with his knowledge of Dilophosaurus (his favourite dinosaur at the time) – good for him! Great to see the benefits of teaching about fossils in schools.
Just for the record, Dilophosaurus is celebrating its 65th birthday this year. The first fossils of this animal were discovered in 1942, by the Unversity of California when they sent an expedition to Arizona. At first this animal was thought to be a close relative of Megalosaurus, it certainly was a large, carnivore, but now it has been classified as a member of the Ceratosauria. The name Dilophosaurus means “double crested lizard” in recognition of the two bizarre thin crests on the top of its head.
Must get on, as there is lots to do today and we have been in existence for 668 days now so hopefully we will soon be able to see the wood for the trees. I will try to get the film review up shortly, perhaps Sue could give me a hand.