Victor and I spent time in the Zodiacs around the Antarctic Peninsula in late 2018. This unassuming man quickly demonstrated a tremendous experience in and love of Antarctica and cherished the opportunities our work offered him.
I sat down with Victor to record a brief history of his Antarctic career after one of the presentations he gave to our team. This episode comprises that interview and audio from another of the presentations he gave, detailing his experiences at Vostok Station, the most remote and coldest of the permanent human presences in Antarctica. Vostok will feature in its own episode as the series approaches the era of the International Geophysical Year and again to re-recount the story of the winter without a power plant.
I could write at length about Victor but I think he says it better and with a cooler accent, so get him in your ears here.

Victor at Cave Cove, King Haakon Bay, South Georgia.


The Moth Radio Hour: now with added Weddell.

My entry in last year’s Moth in Melbourne grand slam event has been incorporated into an episode of “The Moth Radio Hour” and broadcast all over North America. There’s been a spike in episode downloads, some donations to the paypal, and an inquiry about ice diving equipment in the wake of this exposure and I’m so pleased that that five minute taste of my enthusiasm for Antarctica has touched so many people.
I’m grateful for the opportunities The Moth makes available for people to share their stories and gratified Emily and her colleagues thought my effort warranted inclusion among the stories it shares time on air with.
Thanks, The Moth.

You can download the episode here.

Get the app (away on time)

Mel at the museum described me as the Kevin Bacon of the Antarctic last night in response to my missive expressing my gratitude for her putting me in touch with photographer Zo Damage. Zo is joining me in the dive hut this afternoon to look over the book shelves and to discuss her application to join the Aurora Australis as an artist during that ship’s final voyages in support of Australia’s presence in the south.
I’ve mentioned Mel several times in the series and look forward to interviewing her about her experiences sampling the benthos around Antarctica when circumstances permit but in the interim I shout out to her for the connection she made on my behalf and for the exciting opportunity she made me aware of, more of which anon or not if the cards don’t fall out in my favour.

Here’s a link to Zo’s website where you’ll see something of the perspective she brings to the topics she focuses on and the events she documents.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to dance out my anger at John Lithgow.


…except for all the other 1929 stuff.

Byrd and Wilkins are done in Antarctica for the 1920s and head north, leaving many loose ends in the snow next to the dog corpses.
With the depression changing the playing field it would fall to the primo fund raisers and the independently wealthy to pick those loose ends up in the 1930s but I’ll get to that after covering some Australian and Norwegian 1929 action and knocking out some interviews I picked up in my travels through the austral summer.
Victor the vostoknicchi coming your way in episode 078.

Episode 077 is here.

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In the offing

Episodes currently under development include but are not limited to:
Meanwhile – looking at what James Marr, Miriam Lester, Joseph Stenhouse, the Discovery Institute, James Wordie, Duncan Carse, Gino Watkins, the British Home Office were up to while all the Byrd and Wilkins action took place in the south, and tracking the effects of the Great Depression on some nations with Antarctic influence or ambitions.
BANZARE – Mawson’s back, and this time it’s political.
Riiser Larsen – Competent Norwegian’s gonna Norwegian competently.
Little America Two – Now with bonus Advance Base. One official Numbnut in every box.
Ellsworth and Wilkins – The episode you’ve all been waiting for while I’ve been waiting for Jeff Maynard’s book to come out so I can plagia… cite it extensively.
BGLE – The Brits storm it in with dogs and planes and competence and very little money.
Little America Three – Byrd’s back, and this time it’s farcical.
Dorniers and catapults – National Socialism heads south to do the ground work for conspiracy theories sixty years in the future.
Tabarin – Dancing girls and French cuisine are two of the things this operation lacked but they had snow and Spam in spades.