Monthly Archives: December 2014

Xmas Letter [Not Sent]

“Had my usual evening walk & smoke, as I am better of the piles but I have been thinking of my loved ones all day I hope there is nothing wrong & that You will enjoy Yourselves tomorrow X Mass.” … Continue reading

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[Antarctic Radiolaria from the Southeast Pacific Basin, Deep Sea Drilling Project, Leg 35; F. M. Weaver. 1976]

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Clark Clark Clark

Adelies on Paulet Island by Allan Hansen, 2009 The quaint little penguins found the ship a cause of much apparent excitement and provided a lot of amusement aboard. One of the standing jokes was that all the adelies on the … Continue reading

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“During afternoon indulged in a short game of football on the large floe to which the ship is moored.” — Frank Hurley

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Hussey and the Adelies

During the afternoon three adelie penguins approached the ship across the floe while Hussey was discoursing sweet music on the banjo. The solemn-looking little birds appeared to appreciate It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, but they fled in horror when … Continue reading

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It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

[It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, sung by Tom Yorke, 1914; as played on a 78]

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Shivering from truck to kelson

“Very slow progress, having re-entered fields of enormous floes. Many over a square mile in area, and with very little open water. All day we have been utilising the ship as a battering-ram. Backing and then full speed ahead at … Continue reading

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