2011 in Pictures

I’m continuing in the tradition of the last couple of years, and posting a slideshow featuring the highlights of the last 12 months. And what a year it has been…. – Antarctica: spectacular, amazing, jaw-dropping, and must-do-again – Australia: wonderful people, bizarre animals, and apparently difficult to leave (!) – Indian Ocean: tough one – long, rough, and (thank heavens) over! – Hectic autumn: California, … Continued

Wall To Wall Adventurers at Buckingham Palace

I am still pinching myself to make sure that I am not dreaming. Last night’s reception for adventurers at Buckingham Palace was simply jaw-dropping. It is a testament to the irresistible allure of royalty that practically every big name in contemporary British exploration was there. I only wish that I could share photos of it with you, but no cameras or mobile phones were allowed, … Continued

Bon Voyage

I have just waved goodbye to the competitors in this year’s Atlantic Rowing Challenge. I had wondered how I might feel, being the one standing on the dock for a change, instead of being the one in the boat. Would I feel a pang of envy? Or relief? I’m happy to say that my main emotion was a vicarious excitement for the crews. I am … Continued

Atlantic Rowing Race 2011

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge was due to start just over an hour from now, but has been postponed until tomorrow due to high winds. This seems like a sensible decision by Woodvale. There isn’t much you can control about rowing across an ocean – but when you set out is one of those things that you can. I am sure that several of the crews are … Continued

Kristiansand, Cannons, and the Great Disruption

Last week I spent several days with my Roz Roams podcast co-host, Vic Phillipson, and his family in Kristiansand, Norway. Regular listeners to the podcast will have heard Vic talking on occasions about the Kanonmuseum where he works as a volunteer, and he took me up to see it as a possible venue for a speaking engagement (details of Norwegian speaking tour forthcoming once things … Continued