That's Sir Cliff on the left with his arms crossed
After the video conference everybody had a rest while I went off to do the ARPANSA filter change, then it was lunch in the Biscoe hut at 11:30mbt where we ate Mawsons 100 year old menu. On the way back from ARPANSA I had to quickly get dressed in my Carharts (Canadian arctic clothing) to look old school. The meal was fantastic and a real credit to Justin. Mind you the seal was replaced with wallaby and the penguin was replaced with guinea fowl. The Biscoe hut looked fantastic and was an ideal setting and a credit to Cooky's hard work. Everybody on the video conference was commenting about it also.
Dr Neil Streten - Antarctic Expeditioner
As it was now blowing fifty knots, the traditional mid-winters swim was cancelled until better conditions prevail and the outdoor spa didn’t look too inviting either, so we had a three hour gap in the program and some of us took advantage of this to sneak in a nanny nap. At 17:30mbt we all assembled for dinner in the mess, most of us wearing our finest threads. It was a serene scene that reminded me of a group of blokes all scrubbed up for a wedding. Dinner was superb and once again Justin had done a fine job. I don’t know why he can’t do this every day? There were so many courses it just kept coming out and eventually we were so full we had to call it quits and save the rest for tomorrow night.
Cookie (Station leader) jumped up and gave a little talk about his love of protest songs and how he was influenced by them as he grew up and to our surprise he burst into song with one of his favourite numbers.
Next up was Trent or Troy, (Electrician) I can never remember that guy’s name. Actually I do but I keep calling him Troy for a laugh. Any way he put on an interesting slide show of his previous job and life working in the wilderness way up in Canada.
I was standing at the urinal with Craig and......
Then it was my turn. (Senior communications technical office) For quite some time I had been trying to decide what I would do. Before leaving home I asked the kids to make something for me to take down south with me; a movie, their favourite songs etc. Well they did and I have had the memory stick in my draw all this time waiting for mid-winters to see what they had done and when I saw what they did I was totally blown away and touched to the core. They had put together four photo montages and some movie of our lives together. There were so many fun times and it was great to see such happy kids all growing up together and it made me realise how lucky I am, so much so I decided to show it to the whole team. I was worried it might not interest some of the guy’s and said I wouldn’t be insulted if they left the room for a drink or something but everybody sat and enjoyed it as much as I did. Later I received so many comments about how nice it was to see such a happy bunch of kids and how lucky I am. It went over well and I think the timing was perfect to reflect on family and loved ones back home. Thanks Sarah, Jackson, Iyan and Jade; you are all now famous.
Next on was Peter L (Carpenter) who showed some photos about his beloved home town in southern New South Wales. It’s a top spot where Peter spends his spare time surfing with his kids. Peter’s beautiful daughter passed away during his last expedition and he dedicated his presentation to his lovely daughter and allowed us to meet her. Nice one Pete.
Next up was Sir Cliff (Assistant plumber) who was by now pretty well pickled after celebrating his Directors award. Even so, Cliff is a talented Fijian guitar player and he belted out a few classy tunes while trying not to fall off his chair. Well done Cliff you bloody legend.
Good "hick" night