Monthly Archives: January 2016

017 Dumont d’Urville

First out of the blocks in the three way race south, Dumont d’Urville does a fair job with the resources France can throw at the project after much war and revolution and war and blockades and war.

Often described as a nineteenth century analogue to the Space Race, I think of this period in Antarctic history as the nineteenth century race southward, of which the Space Race was a twentieth century analogue, because causality.

I think I messed up the pronunciation of every part of d’Urville’s name, but I was consistent in my noun-mangling.

Gallic and gouty, D’Urville did his distasteful duties well.

Scurvy – coming soon

Tonight I record the Durmont d’Urville episode.  When it gets released depends on how long it turns out.  If it exceeds the available bandwidth allocation, it’ll have to wait until February resets the counter, but if that’s the case, I’ll knock out a short episode about scurvy, which gets a lot of mentions but hasn’t really been explained yet.

Fairfax Media have agreed to give me two months free use of an image Phil Reid took of me at Cape Armitage in 2004.  Apropos of nothing better to add, I give you the best and least recognisable image ever captured of me.


201104.NEWS. Antarctica, Scott Base.Diver Matt McArthur surfaces through a hole in the ice from a dive in McMurdo Sound. Research divers have collected evidence of the impact of ozone depletion in marine life.Pic Phil Reid ©The Dominion Post.

016 Reynolds, Ross, Wilkes, d’Urville and Balleny

Reynolds returns to the narrative but his efforts at getting the US a toehold in the cold see him get an even colder shoulder than his last outing.
Ross earns his ice chops in the north.
Dumont d’Urville, after wowing the crowds with an armless display of Greek marbility, languishes in Cholera riddled Toulon, until his big chance beckons.
Balleny fulfills Enderby funded duties and adds information to the growing polynya of knowledge.
I came here to podcast and to drink coffee, and I’m all out of coffee.  The shakes are setting in.

Aaron downloaded the episode, listened to the episode and answered the musical quiz question therein before I remembered to post a note to the blog.  The quoted lyrics came from the song “Meanwhile”on Alexai Sayle’s sketch show “Stuff” in the late 1980s.
Well played, Aaron.

Get a proper harpoon and hold your harpoon like you mean it, doofus.