Friday, August 31, 2012

ANARE: Australia's Antarctic Outposts by Phillip Law and John Bechervaise.

ANARE: Australia's Antarctic Outposts by Phillip Law and John Bechervaise.  Hardcover book published by Oxford University Press 1957, 152 pages with black and white photographs throughout as well as some colour photographs and a few black and white maps.

ANARE is the acronym for Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions.  This should give you a good idea of what this book is about.  And if you haven’t figured it out, it’s about freezing your butt off a long way from home… and about the work/research being done in Australia’s Antarctic outposts, before the invention of Polypropylene Thermals

It’s long been a dream of mine to one day visit Antarctica.  I’m not sure why this is, other than a fondness for H.P. Lovecraft’s novella, At the Mountains of Madness and for Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s, The Worst Journey in the World, both of which I can highly recommend if you haven’t read them.  This particular book is a little lighter than either Lovecraft or Cherry-Garrard in that there are no Aliens and as far as I can tell, no one dies.  I would even go so far as to say it’s quite a cheery book with some great photographs mostly in black and white but a few are in colour.

 I particularly like this fire breathing seal. 

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