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.
Wilkins returns to the arena, negating the worth of the winter spent at Little America.
Byrd gets his pole flight and drunk.
Episode 075 is here.
Pointing at aircraft wreckage level: expert.
The first tangible outcome of monetising “Ice Coffee” just arrived in the mail.
Sly grogging among a large company of over winterers makes Byrd’s winter on The Barrier a very different experience to that of previous expeditions.
I set up a paypal account for anyone who wants to support the series. You can flick me some bucks for books, hosting services and travel expenses at https://www.paypal.me/icecoffeepodcast
You can find the episode here.
The Floyd Bennet, immortalised in styrene