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Posts from Wednesday 19 September, 2007

Update from Ny Alysund

By Liam // Wednesday 19 Sep // 13:24:45 // 1 Comment // View

Time: 13:24
Date: 19th September 2007
Location: Ny Alesund

Hey guys,

I feel a bit exhausted today even though we haven’t exactly been trekking over mountains. I feel as if I have learnt so much from a media, art and science perspective. Speaking in front of camera has just turned into a routine; in fact it will seem strange back home with no one behind you with a microphone. I have learnt that no matter what is around you it can be made into art. Scientists have then taught me, about the balance between the environment and humans and how it needs to be stable.
I’m having an amazing time and I don’t want to come back!

Hope you all well
Liam

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Jethro on the Noorderlicht

By Jethro // Wednesday 19 Sep // 13:12:12 // View

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Jethro on the Noorderlicht
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Ina makes a friend

By Katharina // Wednesday 19 Sep // 13:05:12 // 4 Comments // View

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Portrait of Rebecca

By Rebecca // Wednesday 19 Sep // 13:02:08 // View

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Shona’s video now live!

By Shona // Wednesday 19 Sep // 11:35:36 // View

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Wed 19th Sept, 4pm GMT (12noon Montreal)
Watch Shona’s video diary, direct from Ny-Alesund, Svalbard (duration: 1:12 mins). Thank you for all your initial questions! If you are a pupil at Heritage Regional High join Shona online for a live QA at 4.30pm GMT (12.30pm Montreal).
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View Amy’s Live Arctic QA

By Cape Farewell // Wednesday 19 Sep // 10:29:04 // View

The Live QA session is now over  
Join Amy’s Live Arctic QA

Wed 19th Sept, 10.40am GMT (11.40am UK)
Following Amy’s video diary broadcast she will be online live from the Arctic for 30 minutes to hear your responses and to answer any more questions. The live QA will take place on the link below from 10.40am GMT onwards on Wed 19th Sept.
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Password, “Darling”

By Amélie // Wednesday 19 Sep // 10:26:06 // View

Tuesday,Sept.18,2007

Its been great here.  We’ve been working really hard.  Today as you probably already know I saw a reindeer from only approx.5 meters away. Too cool, and we did a dance.  If you look on the photos posted up on the web you notice that we’re all wearing blue hats, these hats represent creative partnership, back in London we had an interview with them it was really cool. They’re friendly ppl.  Also, we got interviewed several times by T4.  For those who have no ideal what T4 is, it’s a T.V. channel that is exactly like the cw11 or KTLA.  The shows supernatural, smallville, gilmoregirls, and one tree hill is on it.  It is my absolute favourite channel.  Anyhow back to the expedition, we’re getting along really well and I couldn’t hope for more .Last day we were asked to think up of a word that represents what we’ve been feeling through this exhibition and my word was FREEDOM.  The power to feel free is a gift.  There is no pressure, and best of all no expectations.  Ppl don’t judge you and you are not expected to be anything other than yourself.  Therefore, I’ve finally let my personality shine and I’m really happy.

I am enjoying every moment and I am not looking forward to the end of this expedition.  I would love for it to continue, because it has placed me in a realistic environment, in which I can learn and improve.

If anyone is wondering why my title is “Password, “Darling”” it is because everyone on board calls each other darling.  This is how close we’ve all become.

Who are all these darlings, there they are
The cape Farewell students, Liam, Ina, Franzi, Joe, Amy (love), Hayley, Shona, Akash, Jethro, Doriana, Nonie, and myself.
The Adults Cape Farewell, Colin, Suba, Jess, Keith, Mark, Joe, Duncan, Dan, Rebecca,
The Adults Boat Crew who have become part of the team, Anna, Christian, Barbarra, Renzkee, Gert

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Arctic portrait of Mark Maslin

By Mark // Wednesday 19 Sep // 10:07:18 // View

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Mark Masin in front of the Noorderlicht.

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Amy’s video now live!

By Amy // Wednesday 19 Sep // 09:55:38 // View

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Wed 19th Sept, 10am GMT (11am UK)
Watch Amy’s video diary, direct from Ny-Alesund, Svalbard (duration: 1:13 mins). Thank you for all your initial questions! If you are a pupil at Moorhead join Amy online for a quick QA at 10.40am GMT (11.40am UK).
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Blood on the ice

By Jessica // Wednesday 19 Sep // 09:51:28 // 8 Comments // View

Hello all,

It’s been a while as we have mainly been on the boat or a glacier and no where near a computer, let alone internet connections! Mobiles don’t work up here as their are no masts, which is good as they would interfere with the research scientists satellite uplinks and other equipment. A LOT has happened since I last wrote anything on my blog, we arrived at Ny Alesund on Saturday afternoon, and spent the evening getting ourselves sorted out. On sunday we went to the Kinsfjord glacier for a reccy and to experiment with makiing artworks from natural materials. As we were walking up the glacier, which was very slippy, I fell backwards, which was quite funny fr about two seconds until my camera fell onto my eyebrow and split open, blod was dripping in my eye and all over the ice, which looked quite cool once I had got over the shock. Christain, the guide who protects us from Polar Bears and provides us with fascinating info and facts about Svalbard (he is a DUDE!!) rushed over and checked my injury out, he says I’ll probably have a scar. Currently have a very nice black eye!!! The kids were great and they were all really concerned, they are such a great bunch of people who are working so well together and doing so much great stuff, it is an inspiration to work with them!

I am soooooooooooooo glad I bought the Arctic weather boots as they have kept my feet seriously warm, wellies just would not have done the job. It is pretty cold here, though today it’s not so bad, I think it’s about 2 degrees celcius, has been minus 5 and with the wind chill factor it gets really cold!!!! We saw a reindeer yersterday, in London, we visited an island called Blomstrand which used to be part of the peninsular when it was attached to the mainland by glacier, however because that has now retreated it is no longer part of the mainland. London was a small mining community, on Blomstrand, that didn’t fare too well and is now just rusting ruins. The reindeer was casually grazing on the sparse foliage and was not that bothered by our presence, we also saw a seal last night, it was in the water so I not sure what type it was. Lots of birds – gulls, guillemots, sandpipers and types of finches. It is really beautiful and peaceful here, I don’t want to come back to smelly, crowded London!

Being here has really brought home the impact we are having on the planet and how fragile life is, we are doing so much damage and not that many people seem to care, it makes me really sad and scared for the future!!

Gotta get off now as live blogs are happening, will try and speak soon!!!

Jess xx

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