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Pass the Penguin: Diets of the Early Explorers

Swoop Specialist

One stinging truth the study revealed was quite obvious: most heroes tend to die. Scott, Shackleton, Franklin, and my favourite, Titus Oates – who spoke the immortal last words – “I’m just going outside and may be some time”, all perished. But is it the actions of a person, or their last words that make Read More


Antarctica / History / Polar Exploration
History

Ernest Shackleton: Death or Glory

Friend of Swoop

Several times when we were out on the sea during the expedition in rough weather, snow and ice accumulated on the sails and ropes. Down below in the living space ten of the team lived in fairly squalid conditions, every so often getting a boot in the face, or picking reindeer hair out of the food. Read More


Antarctica / History / Shackleton
History

A Little Piece of Antarctica in Warwickshire

Swoop Specialist

In preparing for a voyage to Antarctica, I had written the usual packing lists, read some more books about Antarctica, and checked the weather forecast plenty of times. In my research I stumbled across an intriguing story of an English church, an Antarctic voyage and Sir Robert Falcon Scott’s last ever journey. Read More


Antarctica / History