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Ah, home again. Takk fyrir, British public transport. [20110806|23:57]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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We're home from Iceland. I have many photos and stories to share, but since the bloke & I spent a lot of time Walking Along Beaches At Sunset Whilst Holding Hands (no really), let me share two anecdotes from those beautiful moments.

Him: It's cold. Let's go back.
Me: Come on! We have a whole town to explore. Where's your adventuring spirit? Think of your fellow Britons. Would Captain Scott have turned back because it was a bit nippy?
Him: Captain Scott froze to death in the world's biggest desert.
Me: OK...um...Captain Cook, then! No, hang on...*
Him: pointed stare
Me: Er, sorry, bad example. There has to be at least one British adventurer who wasn't killed by his exploits.
Him, after a lengthy pause: Well, there was Livingstone**-
Me, in blissful ignorance: There you go!
Him: - but he died of malaria.
Me: sigh


Him: hums the tune to Women of the world/Take over/Because if you don't/The world/Will come to an end***
Me: begins singing the words
Him: No, I'm singing "[personal profile] nanilas of the world/Take over..."
Me: You don't want that. It would be nothing but cake, kittens and attractively decaying cemeteries.

* Captain Cook: Killed by the native Hawai'ians. Oh irony, could you have prompted a better example? I think not.
** David Livingstone: Scottish explorer and anti-slavery crusader.
*** See: Ivor Cutler - Women of the World

[User Picture]From: nadriel
2011-08-06 23:35 (UTC)
I'm particuarly in favour of the attractively decaying cemetaries. But then I'm strange...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-07 06:30 (UTC)
No no. You are a person of good taste!
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[User Picture]From: mananath
2011-08-07 00:17 (UTC)
ha! Excellent reference to poor Scott!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-07 06:31 (UTC)
He wouldn't have thought Iceland was cold. Especially not in summer. :P
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-07 06:34 (UTC)
I will keep him in reserve for next time. His only mistake was that he stopped adventuring.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2011-08-07 05:41 (UTC)
Aaaaah I can't wait for photos!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-07 06:35 (UTC)
That's what today is for. That, and picking up our poor neglected fat and happy cats from Norfolk.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-08-07 12:05 (UTC)
Or Weddell, but he died of poverty. Or Raleigh, he died for treason.

I was going to say gender was important to reaching old age as a British explorer, but I think even Mary Kingsley died of complications from her adventures. Being born elsewhere doesn't help either. Look at John Cabot.

All in all, best you take the lead on the expedition. Cake and kittens sounds great. And you'd probably do decaying cemeteries better than Shackleton...
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2011-08-07 20:52 (UTC)
your mention of Scott has reminded me that i haven't listened to "Terra Nova" by iLiKETRAiNS for ages. best song about antarctic exploration ever. :)

"if your breasts are too large, you will fall over, unless you wear a rucksack."
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