Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The blog of Robert Scott

Over at the internet site of the swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (dn.se) I found an article about a Robert Scott twittring about his trip to Antarctica between the years 1910-1912. Huh? I thought. Either he is really old or they've got the dates wrong. But no, this is really about Robert Scotts trip to Antarctica 1910-1912. But it isn't Robert Scott writing but the Scott Polar Research Institute over at Cambridge University. They thought it'd be a great idea to publish Robert Scott's log, which is quite thourough, so that anyone could get a look at it. And I agree, it's a great idea! Although Robert Scott unfortunately died in his attempt to reach the Antarctica, he came pretty far and it should make some interesting reading. Maybe his dreadful end will actually make it even more interesting to see what events lead up to it.

Scott was beat by a narrow margin by the Norwegian Roald Amundsen. On his way back he and his company of four men perished. Apparently Scott used a less good tactic to get to Antarctica, among others he used horses instead of dogs (which Amundsen used) and they couldn't stand the cold as good.

They will post the corresponding posts from his log each day, as if he was blogging. So the log from january 23d will be posted january 23d. That was three days ago, but you get the idea. It seems to be starting around end of November 1910, and I don't know when it ends. But I'll follow it and see!

The article can be found here, but it's in swedish -->http://www.dn.se/nyheter/varlden/scott-twittrar-fran-antarktis-sent-omsider-1.1033172

The blog can be found here, and it's in english --> http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/museum/diaries/scottslastexpedition/1910/11/25/26-10-1910/

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