Old Dux Ipse thought he was the ducks nuts but the BANZARE looks more a dog’s breakfast than the dog’s bollocks.
Another not-a-race sees the Discovery racing south on its penultimate voyage.
Sir Douglas Mawson and John King Davis get on each other’s nerves ninety years ago.

Yeah, I had a dog that did that.



Three interviews with staff at Bransfield House, Port Lockroy, one with a descendant of Bartholomew Sulivan, second mate on the Beagle under Fitzroy and Falklands Island farmer, and animal noises from the islands.
Happy April, one and all.
Episode 081

IMG_8350.JPGThe BAS hut at Damoy Point


Sam Edmonds is good company at high and low latitudes but you’ll know that for yourself by the end of the interview, conducted north of Sydney with sulphur crested cockatoo and DeHavilland Canada Beaver accompaniment.

Much has been written on high latitudes food but the residues receive less attention. After finding out about Antarctic sewage and sewerage I now understand why, but having done the yards it’s only right that I put the information in your ears.

The appended images were supplied by members of the “Ive Been to Antarctica” Facebook page, who also supplied much insight into how different teams dealt with their wastes at different times.

Episode 080 availalbe here.

Sam’s award winning image is available for viewing at: https://www.antarcticfestival.com.au/and-the-winner-is-2/



The world didn’t stand still and await the outcomes of Wilkins’ and Byrd’s efforts with bated breath. This episode catches you up on Antarctic pertinent developments that the buzz caused by the aviators eclipsed.
The episode also features an interview I recorded with Dr Andrew Atkin while I was in Sydney. Yes, if you get in touch and tell me you like the series there’s a chance I could turn up in your home, drink your coffee, eat your food and sleep on the spare bed, too, all while talking non-stop about Antarctica. You never know your luck with “Ice Coffee.”

Episode here.


That’s better, in a “heating up the fuel tank” kind of way.


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.