March 8, 2013

Antarctic Lake Vostok yields ‘new bacterial life’

7 March 2013 Last updated at 21:51 By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website Russian scientists have claimed the discovery of a new type of bacterial life in water from a buried Antarctic lake. The researchers have been studying […]
March 7, 2013

Did UFO ‘hit’ Russian meteorite blasting it to smithereens? Conspiracy theorists’ extraordinary claim after new footage emerges – Daily Mail 27/2/13

Theory is based on analysis of several different pieces of footage U.F.O. watchers claim object seen close by could be a U.F.O. They suggest alien ‘guardian angels’ blasted rock to minimise threat Reports of a surge in UFO sightings in […]
March 5, 2013

In search of tentacles

Only one wild creature has ever been sighted at the South Pole, a Southern Petrel; an opportunistic bird that was most likely sifting through the rubbish bins of the other main species to be found there – Americans! The Americans […]
March 2, 2013

Big meteorite found in Antarctica

The fifth largest meteorite ever found in East Antarctica was discovered Jan. 28 by an international team of meteorite hunters. (Photo: International Polar Foundation) Meteorite hunters at the bottom of the world bagged a rare find this southern summer: a […]
February 27, 2013

Fava beans and a nice chianti…

As often happens with binary predicaments there turns out to be a third option.  In the morning a stiff westerly breeze (appx 125 mph) clears the fog and gives the plane a 2 hour window in which to land at […]
February 26, 2013

Wild thing

Tuesday (pretty early) – it is now shortly before the time I was scheduled to be home in London as a returning hero.  Instead I am still in the South Shetland Islands outside a Chilean Airforce Base at Frei Station […]
February 23, 2013

The price of fish

In the morning we take an early zodiac from the ship in the face of a wind that could cut glass, to visit the ‘icebergs graveyard’, a shallow sound where large chunks of the glacier have been grounded and then […]
February 22, 2013

An empire built on custard

To Detaille Island, home to an eight man team from the British Antarctic Survey between 1956 and 1959.  Like many other survey huts, this has been designated an historic site and preserved by the Antarctic Heritage Trust (although, given the […]
February 20, 2013

Swimming to Antarctica

On Tuesday morning we get the chance to visit what is possibly the closest thing to a tourist attraction in Antarctica.  Port Lockroy was (and still is) a British owned science station in the Gerlache Strait.  As part of the […]
February 19, 2013


  64 degrees South – Cueverville Island. This morning we will visit the Penguin colony of Cuerverville Island (as nothing in Antarctica possesses a ‘native’ name everything tended to get named after obscure steamship captains or rich expedition sponsors). This […]
February 18, 2013

In search of the red otter

Today will be a better day. Yesterday we left Punta Arenas early to make our good weather window.  Two hours later we arrive at Frei Airbase, run by the Chilean military.  It looks like we have landed on the surface […]
February 18, 2013

The big spit

Sunday – South Shetland Islands Swell: 3 metres Today I am mostly throwing up