Day 20: Of Tattoos & Worsleynators

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Firstly, we have an audio clip from two Pirate FM news reports featuring Vic Vicary. Enjoy!



Distance remaining: 523 nmi
Total distance travelled: 146.4 nmi (21.9%) 


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Lou Rudd gives us today’s update from Team Amundsen. We hear a fascinating and unsettling report of the “white darkness” as Scott’s contemporary (and at times rival) Sir Ernest Shackleton described it. Still, in the face of conditions us at home can only imagine, the two-man team stormed on to break yet another record. At 12.4 nautical miles, it’s their best day yet. Perhaps spurred on by the “Worsleynator”?

Lou ends the report with an insight into the inner workings of the Rudd mind. It certainly is an interesting place. (The best tattoo suggestion gets a mention on tomorrow’s newsletter! Scroll to the bottom of this page for the webmaster’s suggestion.)

The pupils and teachers at St. Mary’s High School in Lugwardine, Herefordshire, get a special mention today, as they’re planning a special SACR/RBL fundraising event in January. Let’s hope Lou forgets to bring his lovely range of belly button fluff knitwear when he visits the school.

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Distance to the Pole: 592 nmi
Total distance travelled: 158 nmi (21.1%)



It’s Vic Vicary’s turn to leave the Scott team daily report. Unfortunately, what began as a day of excellent weather quickly deteriorated into another complete white out, forcing the guys into their tents having made a distance of 7.2 nautical miles. WIth the weather hindering the Scott team and the Amundsen team going from strength to strength, the distance between the teams is once again stretching out.

Vic voices the team’s frustrations at the poor weather conditions. No need to tell us how hard you’re trying, Vic, we all know you guys are doing your absolute best down there.

The division of labour in the Scott team tent is revealed by Vic. Melt man, kettle man and VIP?! “Butcher, baker, candlestick maker” comes to mind. Rub-a-dub-dub!

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We give voice to the loved ones of our intrepid adventurers. This week, Hannah Johnson of the South Pole Lonely Wives’ Club (SPLWC) tells us what went through her mind when Kev was picked for the expedition:

“As I stand here making Flossie Crums Poppy Toffee Cupcakes (thank you Gordon Ramsay) on Armistice Day I feel compelled to write my piece for the South Pole Lonely Wives Club.  If I cast my mind back to 2009, and Mark’s return from his solo expedition to the South Pole, I can vividly remember Kev saying “He’s got something else up his sleeve, and I want to be part of it”.  So when it came to ‘names in a hat’ for the Scott/Amundsen Race expedition I was neither consulted nor, in all honesty, paying much attention when Kev said he had put his name forward to be a contender.”

“I cannot really remember when this happened but it was probably just over a year ago from now and at the time, with two children under two and working full time, it was the last thing on my mind.  The draw took place and Kev’s name was drawn!  He was going to go to Antarctica with one of his most loyal friends, Mark, and others that he knew then really, only by name or face, in October 2011.”

Kev Johnson pictured here with daughters Luka May and Neve Lily

Kev Johnson pictured here with daughters Luka May and Neve Lily

“Ever since then, it has always been, truthfully, on my mind, but not at the forefront – may that be because life is busy and must go on, or because deep down the prospect of being alone and “coping” seemed insurmountable?  I don’t know.  I do know however that the dream/nightmare is now a reality and that my husband is slogging his heart and soul out day after day with two other men, the ice, and the random seal for company.”

“I feel immensely proud, as do all Kev’s family and friends.  Proud that he had the guts to put his name in the hat; proud that they are helping to raise money for the Royal British Legion on it’s 90th Anniversary; and ultimately, proud that when all is said and done, he chose to do this for his family, his daughters.  I salute you Kev Johnson. Hurry home, and get the dinner on xxx”

“May I also add that it is also truly heartfelt that so many people are behind ‘our men’ and supporting them along the route – if you are reading this then, Thank You x”

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Keep track of both teams with our interactive Google Earth map. Zoom in to see each day’s progress, with the position marked by pictures of team leaders Henry Worsley and Mark Langridge. Click on the icon to see that day’s sitrep in full.

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Lou’s New Tattoo

Lou’s considering getting a tattoo across his back as a momento for reaching the South Pole. Let’s help him with some suggestions – leave a comment with your idea! The best one gets a mention on tomorrow’s newsletter, and if it isn’t too complicated, we’ll do our best to mock-up the design.

Perhaps this would look quite nice across his back, in large, black letters…



  1. Keith & Ena on November 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm said:

    So good to hear your voice ! Lou You are doing a fantastic Job !! That bottle of red or 2 or 3 !!! will be waiting for you in St Clares Court witha huge burger with Herefordshire beef. Lots of love Keith & Ena x

  2. How about a big ‘Happy Feet’ tattoo?

  3. why not a picture of the “ultimate cheeseburger” he is designing in his mind?!

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