Two episodes in two days.
Take that, incomprehensible download statistics. Let’s see me make sense of you now.

Byrd returns south to finish… something… something brave and stirring and laudably scientific and humanitarian, no doubt. Prolly work it out in payroll. Or in a post-hoc rationalisation that will remain in publication for half a century.

More importantly, I get to share music I love with you.
Egoism’s song “What are we doing” rounds out this episode and I hope you’re inspired to check out their offerings, available at their Bandcamp page.

Episode 088 available here.

Cows and Condors.
Surge milkers and crap photography from a bygone era.


Iceolation and why it’s not a big deal these days, climate change, a fourteen year old interview with Professor Timothy Naish, and an excuse to use my favourite quote from my favourite robot.

Episode 087 available here.

Communications in and out of Antarctica have improved to the point you can argue with people on the internet from the land of ice and snow in near to real time.  Where once it might have taken years to tell someone to fuck off, you can now give precise instructions on which direction and how far they should fuck by satellite link.


Jeff Maynard returns to the dive hut to discuss the non-voyage of the Nautilus and we receive a visitation from the ghost of an Antarctic feline.
Then the sustained influence of James Wordie and the efforts of Gino Watkins get some attention to set the scene for further British efforts in the south.
Oooh, foreshadowing and ghosts. Woooooooooooo!

Simon Lake’s modified Nautilus where it performed at its best: in the dry.

H. G. (Gino) Watkins shooting from kayak
Gino Watkins demonstrating the application of local hunting techniques to supplementing expedition larder.

Episode 086 available here.

Crowd sourcing the literature search.

If anyone has access to a copy of “My Antarctic Honeymoon” by Jenny Darlington I would be most grateful for access to that document. It’s not urgent as the events it recounts are some way off in terms of series coverage but it’s turning out to be a difficult book to track down for less than a hundred Australian bucks. I think it offers an important perspective on Antarctica and the US presence thereon, in particular, arising as it does from one of the two women who first wintered there as part of Finn Ronne’s fraught expedition.
Also, the first pregnancy in Antarctica. What’s not to want to know more about?
It sounds like a book that has it all.


Lars Christensen funds extensive coastal exploration in concert with his whaling exploits. A decade of Norwegian effort gets compressed into a single chagrined episode. Mens "Norvegia" lå i isen nord for Enderby Land og ventet på flyvær, ble alt utstyr for flyvning til land gjort klart.
The Norwegia: a tiny ship covered in tiny aircraft heading to a big continent.

Link to Frank Hurley’s footage and narration of the DH Moth taking orf on gentle swell.  Terrifying stuff.

Episode 085 is available here.

What the hell, Brindler?

What the hell, Brindler?
I’m on the move and as I pass through time zones and latitudes I see different things show up in the various pages on which I post my content.
Among the newness I saw a review of “Ice Coffee” from Brindler, who gave the series three out of five stars because I’m clearly reading from a script rather than extemporising.
Not because the audio quality is low.
Not because I’m pretending I’m brewing up in a dive hut on the shores of Ross Island.
Not because I’m an opinionated asshole.
No, Brindler doesn’t like being narrated at.
Here’s something off the cuff, just for Brindler.
I give your review one out of five stars, and that’s only because the rating services don’t offer “I rub your review on my taint” as an option.
I don’t push for reviews for “Ice Coffee” because it’s exactly what I want it to be and I don’t care who likes it but if someone’s going to piss on my efforts I want them to respect me enough to do it properly.
One star out of five.
Five stars out of five.
Anything else an you’re probably making some passive aggressive stab at me because you’re trying to hide your hurt feelings over something I said behind a facade of constructive criticism.
I hate passive aggression.
I demand active aggression.
Have the guts to hate my guts or keep your counsel.