As you might have noticed - our interactive map has been moved.
We wanted to show you that our focus has changed from the Expedition to the Foundation. If you're looking for the map, and want to listen to those daily broadcasts from Antarctica click here
Over the coming weeks and months, we will be updating the SCE YouTube page as often as possible.
There's a small selection of our favourite videos from fellow YouTubians, some classic Shackleton footage, and we will also be uploading some of our own training videos. Not the kind of training videos where we teach you how to get fit, by the way, but the kind where you get to see us in pain, dragging tractor tyres around and so forth. It's how you get noticed these days, they say.
At the moment our favourite clip is a beautifully shot ad that Guinness ran in Ireland a while back, centred on Tom Crean. Crean was a highly-respected and unflappable crew member on Shackleton's Endurance expedition of 1914, and earlier took part in Scott's Discovery trip of 1901-4, where Shackleton also served.
Have a look and tell us what you think of it.
The New York Times, via our very own polar news service South Polar Gazette alerts us to this piece trailing an upcoming performance art piece taking place at the Wollman Rink in Central Park, NYC this week.
The artist Pierre Huyghe is responsible for a musical performance by a 42- piece orchestra recreating his own search for the elusive albino penguin of Antarctica.
The performance will be happening this week and will be filmed, they say. Those in New York wanting to take part should arrive around 6:30 in the evening to catch the event.
It looks amazing: if you're going, let us know what you find!
Like the rest of the country, we at the Shackleton Foundation will be cheering on the England Rugby players this evening as they look to be the only team in history to regain the World Cup.
England's performance over the past few weeks has been admirable, and the courage and leadership coming from some of the big players: Vickery, Shaw, Sheridan, Robinson, and Jonny Wilkinson has made for compulsive viewing. An interesting coincidence is that both Nick Easter and Andrew Sheridan went to Dulwich College, the same school as Sir Ernest Shackleton (a fair few years before them mind).
From seeming to be nowhere, the England rugby team has performed remarkably in the past few games, and now the country is behind them.
It just goes to show that all sport is as much about the mental side of things as the physical. It also reminded us of a quote from Max Weber that seems to have stood the test of time:
'Certainly all historical experience confirms the truth - that man would not have attained the possible, unless time and again he had reached out for the impossible. But to do that a man must be a leader, and not only a leader but a hero as well, in a very sober sense of the word'
Come on England!
Today is Blog Action Day in which more than 12,000 blogs around the world are writing about the environment and climate change in order to raise awareness.
Being environmentally-friendly explorers, we observe that green concerns are now a constant drumbeat in the news, and that action has begun: be it multinationals trying to adopt and promote carbon-neutral policies, Al Gore winning the Nobel, or the growth of environmental companies making a successful business case for sustainable activity.
We are hoping further, that the SCE blue ice research programme that the team will be carrying out will help us understand a little more about Antarctica.
Hey, look: we're on Facebook. And you can be there too.
We have a Facebook group set up for all our friends from all-over everywhere: we're calling it the Shackleton Centenary Supporters Club (SCSC).
Join us, won't you?
As an aside, it's been interesting to note how other NGO's and charities are doing the Facebook thing as well of late: it seems like a very natural extension of calling all your friends and family to let them know what you're doing.
We hope it works out as well for us as it does for friends trying to raise a few bob running a marathon, and we don't see why it shouldn't.
Over the coming weeks and months we'll update the Supporter's Club with what we're doing training-wise, and keep you all informed of our progress in raising money to make the trip happen. The group page links back to us here at our website, so you can find out the latest news there, or drop in back here for the main story.
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