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Thanks to Angus (in the picture left with the book) and Ethan (on the right), 2 bright year 5 pupils from Somerfield School, Christchurch, I had the opportunity to talk about Antarctic history.

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I was invited by the pupils and their teachers to give them information on Robert Falcon Scott for their project on leadership and heroes. Scott is their first character they work on, but I have seen some other heroes on their pin board such as Edmund Hillary. It would be interesting what they find out about him. I got also an certificate as thank you for my presentation. The children were already well prepared what they wanted to know. They collected their thoughts on a mind map and I am glad that my presentation matched their expectation.


77 children participated, were communicative and had very interesting questions. It was inspiring.

It was a great event with wonderful young people.


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A man’s best friend – dogs in the Antarctic

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As part of IceFest I spoke on a panel about dogs in the Antarctic in the Heroic Age. 120 people in the audience and 2 Huskies attended the presentation and were bursting with questions. The session was chaired by Hanne Nielsen who wrote an article on the session. Frank Graveson also spoke on his experience handling dogs at Scott Base back in the 1960s. To read more about Gateway Antarctica and IceFest check out the article about the panel.