Poles Apart

It’s 100 years ago today that Plymouth born Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole, a feat of endurance that many of us can only shudder at. The Natural History Museum are commemorating the centenary with an exhibition showing real artifacts and scientific specimens collected on the fateful trip.  There is also a new book full of photographs taken by Scott himself, most have never been published  – The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott by David M Wilson. Apparently the photographs are breathtaking, Scott was trained by the expedition’s official photographer Herbert Ponting who had his own dark room within Scott’s hut.

One hundred years later we have another frozen feat arriving along the SW coast. Imagine an Arctic island travelling south – a landscape on the move. After leaving the Kingdom of Norway, this island enters international waters and is declared a new island nation – Nowhereisland.

Nowherelsland is one of 12 arts projects across the UK,  which will form part of the Cultural Olympiad in summer 2012. Conceived by Alex Hartley, Nowhereisland will be floating around the South Coast and I for one can’t wait. I am one of 4365 residents (and growing) with 52 resident thinkers – read the current thinker Tania Kovats by clicking on her name.

Nowhereisland will undertake a 500-mile coastal journey around the south west coast of England, stopping at seven ports and harbours where it will be welcomed as a visiting island nation. Because you can never tell what the weather will be like at sea, the dates of Nowhereisland’s sea journey will be weather dependent but currently it is due to be alongside Plymouth 9-12 August 2012. Leaving to dock in Mevagissy on the 14th so by my reckoning it will be sailing across Whitsand Bay on the 13th August with a perfect viewing point from the chalet deck.


About Ruth

I am an actor and theatre maker, I moved down to the SW of England 19 years ago with my partner and son. Five years ago we bought a chalet on the Rame Peninsula and are fully embracing life of the cliff.
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