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Fri 26 Aug 2005

Launch of Fig and Goby guidebooks at the Singapore Science Centre

Category : events

25 Aug 2005 - The biodiversity community witnessed a rare afternoon launch of the 40th and 41st BP/SSC guidebooks, 'A Guide to Gobies of Singapore' and 'A Guide to the Fabulous Figs of Singapore'.

Mr Chan Soo Sen, the Minister of State for Education did the honours in his usual good humour and amidst much laughter, strongly encouraged BP to continue their good work in supporting the series.

He delcared the book 'already launched' by the audience who had been flipping furiously through their free copies of the guidebooks!

Besides asking for a larger-sized guidebook, Minister Chan also suggested a coffee table book by the time the 50th guidebooks are published to celebrate the stunning biodiversity depicted in the many volumes that have been sold at the same price for some two decades!

The authors of the guidebook series are also unusual in that they are not paid and in fact many fork out their own money in the pursuit of their passion. This year, the fig book was unusual in that a group of eight naturalists, supported by friends and co-conspirators, collectively called the Fabulous Figgies contributed to the volume and the title reflects this as much.

Interestingly, goby researcher Zeehan Jaafar, presenting on behalf of the authors, used common names throughout her talk, while figgie Angie Ng mostly used scientiific names!

After the presentations, guests toured the exhibits and started exchanging notes and plotting as usual - it's always a good time for the biodiversity community and friends to catch up, meet new people or put a face to internet friends!

Shortly after, Timothy Pwee visited the Singapore Science Centre's Curiosity Shop to discover that all 22 copies of the fig book had been sold out! The staff reported people buying up the guidebook by the tens - must be the figgies!

More stock arrives today, and a 10% discount applies to ALL guidebook titles until 11th September 2005. So its a good chance to complete your guidebook library now and view the revamped Science Centre!

View all the photos in the gallery of the launch (click photo to advance through album).

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