On Tuesday 17th November the Best of British -
South Pole team participated in the "Away at Christmas" event at
Fortnum and Mason. This evening lecture was well attended
just enough seats for the guests (50 plus) with the team and
supporting staff getting the window and wall seats!
The evening started with Andrea Tanner, the Fortnum and Mason
archivist reminding us of their participation in many previous
polar and other expeditions. They may not have taken a kitchen sink
but they would have taken a deluxe folding kitchen sink to wash up
after consuming the foie gras , stuffed quails eggs and F&M
biscuits. This expedition is just an excuse to consume a
Fortnum and Mason hamper at the South Pole!
Second on was Jeremy Archer who summarised the content of his new
Away at Christmas". This looks at
expeditions and adventures from 1492 to the present day.
1829 John Ross spent 4 years trying to find
the North West Passage, on one occasion eating an 8 year old rib of
beef. The Best of Britain - South Pole only plan to be 21
days between arrival and departure, they will be back for
Video Blog of the
Manley Hopkinson led the The Best of Britain -
South Pole team's presentation. He gave an overview of the
expedition, let the team members introduce themselves, highlighted
the initiating partners and explained the value of the expedition
to potential partners, sponsors and supporters.
You can see Manley's summary of the evening in the video
opposite. On the Manley Hopkinson
page you can watch his full presentation and on the
Videos page Rob
Holden talks to Alec Wilkinson about the equipment and challenges.
The Interviews include
two from the team and several from those attending the
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Hopkinson in conversation with guests
including Roz Savage(on the right)
an ocean rower and environmentalist