Monthly Archives: March 2013

They will say Briton is a free Country

“I expect we will have to submit to have about £2 S10 abducted from our wages after being out of the world for 2 years & received no benefits, & then They will say Briton is a free Country This … Continue reading

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Hunger as a condiment

“At home one would disdainfully dismiss from the table the dirty greasy-looking slices which reach our plates, smeared with blubber soot and a liberal sprinkling of penguin feathers and reindeer hairs which frequently garnish all our food, but here it … Continue reading

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Round and round the floe

“Day passes with very little or nothing to relieve the monotony. We take constitutionals round and round the floe but no one can go further as we are to all intents and purposes on an island. There is practically nothing … Continue reading

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I shot the Albatross

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1834 […] And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he Was tyrannous and strong: He struck with his o’ertaking wings, And chased us south along. With sloping masts and dipping prow, … Continue reading

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Trials of Greely

The Greely Expedition, from the American Experience series on PBS: full documentary.

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An anxious time

“It is beginning to be an anxious time for us, for so far there is not much sign of any opening of the floe, and the broken mushy stuff is quite un-navigable for our boats. If we cannot get away … Continue reading

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Food shortage

“The present shortage of food is due simply and solely from the Boss refusing to get seals when they were to be had and even refusing to let Orde-Lees go out and look for them… His sublime optimism all the … Continue reading

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