,A couple of days ago I put on a post about the failed attempt one hundred years ago by Sir Ernest Shackleton to reach the Geographical South Pole. At the time his return was treated as a Great Occasion and he was hailed as a hero although he had failed to meet his objective. He made headline news in almost every newspaper and was honoured by organisations like The Royal Geographical Society.
Today, in a side column, on Page 4 of The Times, there is a tiny little piece.
Three descendants of the Shackleton expedition have reached the South Pole using Shackleton's own compass! Henry Worsley (47), Will Gow (35) and Henry Adams (34) have arrived at the South Pole after trecking 900 miles on foot. They speak of their arrival, using the old compass, as a very humbling experience.
I suppose in an era when going to the moon is "old hat" such a trek is relatively unimportant, but I say three cheers for their achievement. What a pity they didn't get more publicity.
To all my U S blogger friends may I say - we shall be watching the inauguration ceremony this afternoon. Here is wishing you all the very best for the future - let us hope a new era has begun.