Monthly Archives: March 2014

Forced March Tablets

“Cocaine was dripped in the eye to cure snowblindness, and chalk ground up with opium was used for diarrhoea. No antibiotics in 1907 of course. Perhaps the only medications that Shackleton carried that we would still use today were aspirin … Continue reading

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The Magnetic South Pole

Right to left: Alistair Mackay, Edgeworth David (pulling string for shutter), Douglas Mawson. The Magnetic South Pole, 72º 25′ South, longitude 155º 16′ East, reached on 17 January 1909.

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Furthest Point South

9 January 1909: we reached our Furthest Point South, 88º 23 S. 162º E.; 97.5 nautical miles from the South Pole. We planted the flag and left a box of my Antarctic stamps, then turned around for the return to … Continue reading

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King Edward VII Land Stamps

Date of issue: 1 January 1908. “These stamps were used by the Shackleton Antarctic Expedition of 1908. The 1 penny universal stamp was overprinted ‘King Edward VII Land’ by Coulls, Culling & Co.” – from New Zealand Post website “Lieutenant … Continue reading

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Merchant of Venice

Act III, Scene II. Belmont. A Room in Portia’s House. “So may the outward shows be least themselves: The world is still deceived with ornament… How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand wear yet … Continue reading

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The whole place seems so strange

“The whole place seems so strange and unlike anything else in the world…when the hazy clouds spring silently from either hand and drift quickly across our zenith not followed by any wind it seems almost uncanny. Then comes a puff … Continue reading

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Books to read in a south polar blizzard

Books taken on the Nimrod Expedition’s polar dash, 1908-09: Shakespeare’s Comedies — Ernest Shackleton The Bible in Spain by George Borrow — Eric Marshall Travels in France by Arthur Young — Reginald Adams Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens — … Continue reading

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