As you might have noticed - our interactive map has been moved.
We wanted to show you that our focus has changed from the Expedition to the Foundation. If you're looking for the map, and want to listen to those daily broadcasts from Antarctica click here
Today's youtube video: my brother came across this this morning and forwarded it onto me. During the 2005 blizzard in New York, a handful of filmakers created a modern mockumentary sequel to Sir Ernest Shackleton's quest for the Pole: In deepest coldest Central Park 'Lord Bramwell Shackleton' attempts to reach the Pole.
It's interesting that Central Park crops again, after an earlier article I wrote regarding an performance art installation by the artist Pierre Huyghe about Antarctica about a month ago.
Clicking here will take you through to our youtube favourites site. Clicking on the video entitled Shackleton: Quest for the Pole' will take you straight to 'Lord Bramwell Shackleton' in Central Park - enjoy!
The Team were distressed to find out via the BBC news website that the MS Explorer a tourist ship off Antarctica has run into trouble approximately 75 miles north of the Antarctic peninsula. It seems that more than 150 passengers and members of the crew have been evacuated to lifeboats and onto another ship.
Embarking on a nineteen day 'Spirit of Shackleton' cruise through the Drake Passage, the ship was travelling through the ice when something struck the hold.Click here for the whole story.
This led the team to ponder the number of people now going to Antarctica for holidays and vacations. It seems that in a constant desire to find and explore new destinations on holiday, Antarctica represents for some a last great wilderness.
There are a number of cruise companies that offer packages to Antarctica. According to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, over 37500 people visited Antarctica in 2006-07.
Click here for a BBC news article looking at 'the attraction of the polar extremes'.
Harry C. Stonecipher: the former Chief Operating Officer at the Boeing Company gave a speech in August 2001 to the Annual Conference of the Young Entrepreneurs Association in Seattle. In it, Mr Stonecipher thinks that valuable insights into life and business can be drawn out from the legacy that Sir Ernest Shackleton has left behind.
Using Shackleton's memorable adage that 'Optimism is high moral courage' , Mr Stonecipher argues that pursuing an improbable goal with a willingness and determination to deal with great difficulties offers a lesson to us all.
In working out the secret to good leadership, and making the right decisions in hard times, the former Boeing boss invokes 5 rules for corporate management. He believes that Shackleton's extraordinary grace under pressure teaches the same lessons.
The title says it all really. Thanks very much to the people at Justgiving for making this site their 'charity website of the month'. Since 2001, Justgiving.com have helped people raise over £150m for UK charities. You can click here to read a very generous article explaining why we've been picked.
You can click here if you feel the urge to be a little generous yourself; and send us here at the Shackleton Foundation an online donation.
In the meantime, we are delighted with their kind support, and are eager to see how many more people now start donating online on our Justgiving website. The money goes straight to us, and helps keep the ball rolling.
In 2000 the British TV station Channel 4 created a two-part drama about Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 Endurance Expedition to the South Pole. It was written and produced by Charles Sturridge, with Kenneth Branagh playing Sir Ernest Shackleton (below).
Without wanting to spoil the plot, we think it's well worth watching. You can now do so online by going to the Channel 4 on Demand website. There, after registering and downloading the relevant application you can either stream it to your pc or download it and watch it at a later date.
We think that after watching it you'll understand a little better why we're doing what we're doing.
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