027 Bruce and the SNAE

William Speirs Bruce showed the world what a team could achieve if they ignored the south pole and got on with some science.  Under his guidance the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition established the longest continually occupied meteorological station in Antarctica and discovered large numbers of Antarctic marine species but what I like most about the Scot is how much he got on Sir Clements Markham’s nerves.

Thanks very much to OroborosNZ, whom I met through Freesound.org, for permission to use their excellent recording of a Bell UH-1 helicopter starting up and flying off.

Did you bring the cards?

2 thoughts on “027 Bruce and the SNAE

  1. worldslaziestbusker Post author

    A listener has been in touch to let me know that Neil Oliver made a documentary about William Spiers Bruce as part of a BBC series. I am borrowing their DVD tonight and am excited at the prospect of watching Neil Oliver retrace the voyage of the Scotia and hearing him narrate this much neglected Antarctic tale in his enviably awesome accent.

    (Off – muttering) Stupid Australian accent. Could’ve been Scottish but no, stupid ancestors moved to the stupid gold fields and stupid stupid studid chuzwozzers.

  2. worldslaziestbusker Post author

    Based on the BBC production I am also experiencing doubt over my previously expressed confidence about my pronunciation of “Weddell.” I pronounced it both ways in episode twelve, so it’s likely I’m correct at least once.


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