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sixty four after our trip we went. who i thought was the first time i felt so acutely just how far away. ten days and nights of ocean lies. this is the radar. and as you can see there is nothing there. any of the ships just icebergs. here you have to look out for yourself no one to relay messages except us would see any other ships or rescue centers or miles away now. it's now much antarctic autumn winter in the southern hemisphere begins at the same time as the northern summer several times over the short summer season the academic field will approach the coast of the most remote. this is her final voyage of the year they must
deliver almost a year's worth of food and fuel to the ice stations and take away seasonal crews and aircraft. which. we work as a tanker or a cargo vessel a passenger ship and an aircraft carrier. detailed navigational and operational plans are in place but also has arrived and no one can ever know just what to expect from antarctica. that antarctica always comes up with surprises you have to keep your eyes open because there's always something going wrong if it actually goes well for too long i start to worry there's no way antarctica will let you go on like that without incident it's unpredictable. bags containing polar clothing are stored in the freezer.
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carry fuel tanks to the highest arctic station which is three and a half meters above sea level but also engine levels there equate to an altitude of five thousand meters anywhere else. mainframe. all those. factors huge. strong break and snap and freezing temperatures the most difficult part is the route itself seems endless ages just to cover about sixty. and that's actually good going you can do anything you can make the time go faster speed up the process you just pray for the best and hope the truck will fail you he wanted to be over soon as possible you just want to be back home and. say you get
back home and in time you stuff feeling strong desire. the work is difficult but the guys are great and you feel good once everything is done . even now i want to go as soon as i can. come soon enough for now. on and talk to. the ocean appears very come on the bridge of a captain the navigation officer and two helmsmen crew changes on the way. the crew watches reinforced you have to be twice as vigilant the closer you get to antarctica. for. the region is still under explored and. very
long distances. these pictures are from nine hundred eighty seven they chronicle voyage of the academic field of the first diesel electric ice ship to go. first trip was good a really good one. remember we were in the captain's. having. yes i remember that clearly but we were having the table was. bang and the car fell off the table. spilled everywhere. it was a rock wasn't shown on the chart. everything was fine in the end and the rocks position was mapped.
here it is. the one hundred eighty seven obstacle course. the ship literally went through a trial of fire and ice. it was about four pm during a tea break we had cabbage pies that day i still remember that and then it all happened. this missile. fire broke out in the engine room one of the pipes burst and fuel oil spill down on to the white hot money fold there was a huge fire even now i feel uncomfortable when i hear a fire alarm to change the settings on all our clocks back at home because i can't stand the noise of another. ship went through thick and thin it's the best ship in the whole antarctic always gets the job done it's never
failed she's really an incredible ship. it's even written somewhere academic sure that if was the only ship in the world able to reach the north pole alone unaided by an ice breaker who would go to the polls quite often now but we still have a lot of respect for the arctic region it's a really harsh environment and there are nuclear icebreakers there antarctica is even worse besides we can't use nuclear icebreakers antarctica is much worse than the arctic region more severe this is my twenty six trip to antarctica and i've already been to the arctic twenty five times antarctica is much more interesting this trip is more fascinating and extensive it takes at least six months to get there the arctic region is like a relaxing walk. only takes about a month. in one thousand nine hundred five. once headed for
and talk to some of his plan was to be up to six months but in the end he was away for eleven. ship and set sail later than. it was when the crew reached antarctica it cut through the ice close to the shoreline but they soon discovered that they were too close to crews reaction was well coordinated and fast. as always happens in the weather changed abruptly the ice around the ship stuck together and the vessel became trapped. imagine a sugar bowl or there's been emptied into a hollow there's tons of ice all over the place and the ships just not able to move we fought against it for many days trying to move out of there then the wind came up and the ice blocks started to shift to slightly so we were able to work our way
through the coastal ice belt a little it almost cracked the whole we tried to head for the open sea but it was already impassable by that time before my fit well with the. vet was when the crew realized they'd be spending winter aboard the ship there's no way to help a vessel that stuck in an ice trap and so the sum of had to stay just where it was until spring their ship was weak in fact three times weaker than the academic field of this one that might just escape the ice but i'm not really sure. what a formidable field of has it never been trapped in ice not even once it's very powerful and when circumstances get really difficult we can rely on it we believe its power will help and save us more. crew changeover in the engine room twenty two people are involved in here the crews .
. that's. when the new year in this edition of crossfire we ask what is in stores as we start two thousand and fourteen and what will make this year different even better from the year that has passed who should we keep our audience and what stories should we be following. why is the price of gold so high. demand global demand do you think oldest money. know the value of the only place we have to live of the water that we need to survive it's not compared to i mean gold we're not going to eat gold we're not going to bait we're told. we're not going to drink what clearly what amal is and is in a desperate economic situation absolutely right what we're wrong to do is say
therefore any kind of economic development from the outside is going to be a benefit their only purpose is to extract as much money as possible to feed into the global financial system. with we're a part. geo political economic system that's extremely exploitative. first was a question where the mining should even be carried out altogether can it be done in a way which doesn't destroy people's was resources environment and so on you know those are pretty serious questions mining is not a what a moment problem it's happening in asia in africa and south america in central america in mexico and it's even happening in canada and the united states.
of the twenty fourth. this place like why is this so special as the russian resort prepares to welcome the world. in the city's present and future. this is the moment they're very cold snowy windy mountain. beyond the olympics but. today. there's plenty of food fuel. as well as people experience an extreme survival cruise favorite joke is that if you should come. to be. drinking water. to fresh water. heat from the main engine is used to distill sea water to remove the salt.
today the crew will conduct a radio test. so far though all the stations remain quiet there are no guarantees yet that they're within range they are that all in all antarctica stations are going to make it feel that of radio check please respond. please respond to you. reading you level for. now is the time to discuss the details plans for unloading all the fuel and food and to evacuate the departing crews from the stations the action plan was devised some time ago but nothing can be taken for granted in antarctica. well. we couldn't get to the barrier. there was no way to.
to come through. we can't cut through. now and last year we couldn't get through when it was just. more than three meters deep then about a meter of snow on top of that they had no choice but. the ice. from the russian a. huge chunk of. the home. was lost to the ocean. for out of ten fuel tanks were left. to conserve fuel for the whole were. after that there wasn't although a few containers of spare parts and some snowmobiles were also lost. everyone is anxious about what further surprises no hold for now though the.
closer to the progress station. sometimes surprises too once we have there we were unloading fuel when they started cracking so we had to. we even had to cut it a little it was an emergency and we had to get off quickly it was impossible to turn back because that was close by lots of things happened. we had to wait half an hour at the progress stations. was massive but suddenly started cracking there was a huge behind us over and stopped. the other way. the critical. pull back and wait for.
it turned out that the progress of station frontal activity was at its peak for ten days and there was intense and heavy snowfall visibility was practically nothing and the flight was so we had to wait ten days until it finally stopped. by. talk to. very short window of time. the only reliable means of getting here. see. the weather. station receives its full of food and
fuel supplies. unexpected events. is downloaded using a special antenna this vital information is used not just to plot the ship's course but to select the right block of ice on which to land. still remember the fourteen lifting off from a cracking ice book imagine it lifts off the ice cracks right after it it was terrifying. taking its first flight. and assembled the ship from where it will take off the scientists to use the plane . from the field station as usual. close to the ship. moved down to the ice where the plane is disassembled.
that's when the waves came. it started swinging all the way out. i was doing something down in my cabin. sudden i heard a huge noise out there i went to check it out it was the sure. it was impossible. and the fuel tanks were empty water was very close within just two meters so we had that aircraft up fast and get it onto the hatch cover thank god we did it the other way it would have caused a lot of trouble now we'll see what the. station has. caused all the trouble at the station may just help us here at.
to quickly. from here. to the. continues. no. thing can be left until tomorrow because at any moment conditions might change suddenly and without warning. in the northern hemisphere this kind of wind would be called a hurricane but here it's just a regular storm extreme weather like this is commonplace in antarctica. as soon as
their work was done a huge storm rolled in with winds of up to thirty two meters per second the ship has no choice but to wait until it ends it may take a few days though. the main tasks have been completed. will be here things went smoothly surprisingly it was over very fast i didn't expect that. heads north again to africa after one hundred ninety four days. yet the crew has been out on the open ocean. back of the cape town seaport there's still another twenty eight days or so. but after antarctica even here feels almost like.
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reporters. in. the in the. britain's clowning community fears its good name has been tarnished after an incidence of people in clown costume scaring members of the public copy cat craze believed to have been started by a man known on facebook as the northampton clown involves people dressing as the circus characters to surprise passers by in public places i know what you're thinking you're thinking that sounds a whole lot like the terrifying clowns of westminster george osborne with his big red nose and floppy feet scaring citizens into taking on ever more debt for fear of missing out on the property ladder or the equally our fire stephen king like clowns
or ben bernanke m.r. carney wearing their big red frizzy wigs and tearing menacingly in to your window at night pulling teeny tiny scored goals of the banks. unexplored and talk to go what is it in this icy expanse that attracts the people who come here. because i know i only go to the doc. and enter to go. a new generation of polar explorers is coming. we have a new group of specialists here now all of them are young how are they going to get along with each other and i don't know. i used to be a bureaucrat. seriously. what adventures await this mysterious. way to live want to eat and want to be actually doing it to go.
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