Monthly Archives: June 2014

Wall Street abhors such crimes

“[While] Wall Street abhors such crimes, [the archduke] was an exceedingly unpopular prince.” — Wall Street Journal, June 30, 1914 [See enlargement]

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Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassinated

— The Sun, New York, June 29, 1914

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No stimulants except tea and cocoa

Sastrugi on Barne Glacier, Feb. 21st 1911, by Herbert George Ponting “We shall take with us no stimulants except tea and cocoa. We drink the tea at midday to refresh us for the ‘afternoon’ march. The cocoa is taken last … Continue reading

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Could a penguin just go crazy?

Could a penguin just go crazy? from Encounters at the End of the World, Werner Herzog, 2007

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The Cleverest Amateur Cyclist in the World

— Thomas Orde-Lees and his bicycle tricks, circa 1898.

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Thomas Orde-Lees

“Orde-Lees was a public schoolboy, from Marlborough. His father was a formidable Victorian eccentric, who had been Chief Constable of Northamptonshire, and designed a chief constable’s dress uniform. Tall, dark, with an enigmatic ghost of a constant private smile, Orde-Lees … Continue reading

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Death is a very little thing

Winston Churchill in 1914 “I will return the men safe and undamaged, as far as God wills it… the majority of the men will never be out of touch with civilisation for more than three months… so that if you … Continue reading

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My portrait

Ernest Shackleton, by George Marston

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George Marston’s Paintings

Images from the Nimrod Expedition, 1907-1909.

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George Marston, Expedition Artist

“Then there was George Marston, the expedition’s thirty-two-year-old artist. Marston, a boyish-faced, chubby man, had done outstanding work on Shackleton’s 1907-1909 trek. Unlike most of the others, [but like Shackleton himself] he was a married man with children.” — Alfred … Continue reading

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