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It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race, That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me. … Continue reading

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The expedition would go ahead

Sir James Key Caird, largest donor to the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition “Sir James Key Caird (1837-1916) was a wealthy Dundee jute manufacturer and philanthropist, to whom Sir Ernest Shackleton wrote in 1914 asking for a donation of £50. Caird promised … Continue reading

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Out of your whole life give but a moment! All of your life that has gone before, All to come after it, — so you ignore, So you make perfect the present, condense, In a rapture of rage, for perfection’s … Continue reading

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Lionel Greenstreet, first officer

With just 48 hours notice, Lionel Greenstreet signed on with Endurance as first officer. Greenstreet hailed from a sea-faring family; his father was a captain with the New Zealand Shipping Company. Greenstreet had gone to sea as a cadet at … Continue reading

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The Lily of Belgium

The Lily of Belgium: The sufferings and renaissance of Belgium, a contemporary allegory, by Wladyslaw Starewicz, 1915: an animated insect short film about the invasion of Belgium by Germany and the start of WWI: Part I: Part II: “A keen … Continue reading

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The Wearing o’ the Green

The Endurance sailed from London’s East India docks today. “In delicate allusion to the fact that there are… Irishmen in the Expedition, including the leader…the pipers struck up ‘The Wearing o’ the Green’.” — Manchester Guardian

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North Sea flight

Taking off in his Blériot XI-2 plane, from Cruden Bay, Scotland, [Tryggve] Gran landed 4 hours 10 minutes later at Kleppe, near Stavanger, Norway, after a flight of 465 kilometres (289 mi). “It is the longest oversea flight without sight … Continue reading

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