Friday, January 3, 2014

Antarctic Journal (2005)


With the sub-zero temperatures outside, it seems a good night to watch Antarctic Journal (2005) through the magic of Netflix.com That site's synopsis:
    A South Korean expedition is trekking across the Antarctic when they discover a journal left by a British team that went missing 80 years earlier. As they press onward, they begin to notice strange similarities between the ill-fated British journey and their own. In the unforgiving environment where small mistakes can doom an entire party, the team steadily descends deeper into fatal delusions.
This story I heard on the wireless today about a first-hand account by one of the "members of Robert Falcon Scott's fatal expedition to the South Pole in 1910" — Tough Commute This Morning? Your 'Journey' Could Have Been Worse. From the same source, photographs some six years later — Lost Images Come To Life A Century After Antarctic Expedition.

From this second story comes this quote from the captain of the earlier expedition, possibly the best display of the British stiff upper lip and resolve that I have yet come across:
    We took risks, we knew we took them; things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint, but bow to the will of Providence, determined still to do our best to the last.

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