Antarctica: A Year On

It’s a year since Antarctica. Tonight, in 2008 we camped on the ice. A year ago the day after, I gave a whisky tasting on an icebreaker, in sight of Vernadsky Base, off the Antarctic peninsula, just shy of the Antarctic circle. It might have been the southernmost whisky tasting ever.

On my mind are the opportunities that came by during the year: some open goals blasted over the bar, some 30-yard free kicks bent around the wall into the top corner. The duality of it seeming simultaneously recent and on another planet a long time ago. The reality is sponsors money collected and chickening out on the possibilities of the sponsorship by Fullers brewery and Ardbeg distillery.

We did make a story, and we did work for what is now The Transplant Trust that got us inside Number 10 and the realisation of Cim’s website to promote women’s personal development. The culmination of the world record whisky tasting was to be the most latitudinally-separated tasting in a year somewhere in the far north (by which I mean a trip to the Arctic). Well, it will have to be Lund.

The media seemed to like us. Maybe there’s a clue here. The BBC called again. Not just Radio Southern Counties, but THE Beeb with talk about a documentary they are making – I don’t suppose it will all be about us, but they will be sending a car to pick us up. That’ll be two documentaries in three months, following Cim’s forthcoming appearance in a film about Tomatis.

Buoyed by this boost of self belief, we wrote to our old friends Woking News and Mail detailing our achievements and plans for future sponsorship and local events. They must be on holiday. Anyway, we’ll see what the Mayor of Brighton has to say when we talk at the lunch event he’s giving.

So, Lund and the Bishops Arms will be the venue for this made-up record attempt. I have promised to post my notes from the first whisky tasting, so I’d better dig them out.

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2 Responses

  1. Interesting blog, I’ll try and spread the word.

  2. I found your site on Google and read a few of your other entires. Nice Stuff. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

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