Two years ago, Julyan Cartwright et al. organised a wonderful "30/80 meeting: alkaline vents 30th; Mike Russell's 80th" in Granada (Spain). We celebrated Michael Russell’s 80th birthday, together with 30 years of the submarine alkaline vent theory for the origin of life. It was the first scientific meeting of the European COST network on #chemobrionics. And today - Mike is 82! Happy Birthday, Mike!