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Midwinter approaches…

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, UK | 2 Comments »

Midwinter is almost upon us down here and all of us remaining on the bases across Antarctica are making preparations for the traditional midwinter celebrations! This is the big event of the Antarctic social calendar (Christmas is limited to just ...

All packed and ready to go… take it easy and I’ll see you all on the other side!

Saturday, October 25th, 2008 Posted in UK | 3 Comments »

Well, it's been a busy fortnight spent catching up with family and friends and, after a multitude of leaving do's, plenty of panic packing, tearing the house apart looking for various small but significant items (is my compact camera ...

Watch my stuff…

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 Posted in UK | 4 Comments »

This is quite fun, well, it is for me at least! You can click on the picture to the right to see the track and current (daily) position of the JCR as she sails South with my stuff on ...

Training is over…

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | No Comments »

My last week in Cambridge, this week - quite a strange feeling! Since conference, the number of people to chat with around BAS HQ has dramatically increased and conversations often seem to end with a realisation that people won't see ...

At last, some exercise…

Friday, October 3rd, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | 1 Comment »

A thorough mental and physical challenge this week! We've been back to Somerset with Western Power Distribution learning to climb and work on masts and towers. We don't have electricity pylons down South but Western Power run an excellent course ...

Nifty Lifting…

Saturday, September 27th, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | No Comments »

Another good week this week - after a short break in Barcelona with the family and  Zoe, it was straight back to Cambridge for a MEWP course. Karen, Shaun (the new Rothera carpenter) and I were shown the way of ...

BAS Conference 2008…

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | No Comments »

Well, as if the last few months haven't been crazy enough, things stepped up a notch with the arrival of this year's BAS Pre-Deployment Conference held at Girton College in Cambridge. I'm not sure where to start with all that's ...

“Speak like a geek”…

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | 2 Comments »

Last week was spent on the Isle of Wight at the UK Sailing Academy in Cowes - the photo is the view from my room's window! It might seem rather strange to send the two new communications managers to ...

That’s a big 10-4 good buddy…

Friday, August 22nd, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | 1 Comment »

...is how not to speak if you want to pass your Civil Aviation Authority Air-Ground Radio Operator's exams which is what we've been doing this week so that, once on base, we'll be qualified to operate the VHF radios and ...

“Your heads must be immense…”

Thursday, August 14th, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | No Comments »

...which is apparently an Aberdonian expression and was fired at us this week to express something along the lines of "your brains must be swelling with all this new information" and seems particularly appropriate right now. That came from one ...

Not exactly a quiet week…

Saturday, August 9th, 2008 Posted in UK | 1 Comment »

Although it could have been a 'quiet' week between courses, it's been surprisingly busy. Well, not so surprising given the current pace of life I guess! After the exhausting week doing Netware and Linux, this week was meant to be spent ...

The two faces of Netware training…

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | 3 Comments »

I won't lie to you, this training is tough. This week, we're being put through an intense course of Novell Netware and Linux training. The pace of the course is certainly at the limit of my brain's ability to ...

Christmas comes early…

Friday, July 25th, 2008 Posted in UK | No Comments »

Let me set the scene: mid-July, one of the hottest days of the year so far, up in the loft, probably the warmest room in BAS HQ. What are we doing? Trying on all our polar clothing of course! No training ...

System tested, fault not found…

Monday, July 21st, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | 2 Comments »

Last week, Karen and I were at NSSL in Redhill, a satcom and marine radio firm where we were being trained how to pull apart, reassemble and (hopefully) fix some of the kit we'll have down on the bases. Jolly ...

A few weeks in…

Friday, July 11th, 2008 Posted in UK | 2 Comments »

Well, a lot's happened in my first three weeks on the job! It's flown by and I haven't made any blog posts until now because I've generally been totally shattered at the end of each day due to so much ...

Setting up…

Saturday, June 14th, 2008 Posted in UK | 2 Comments »

OK so this is my first blog post. I've now rubbed off the hangover from my leaving do in Malvern and am thinking about getting set up for my new job with the British Antarctic Survey. I've realised that keeping ...