OMG, they killed Kenny!

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OMG, they killed Kenny!


In 1914, on the eve of the first world war, the great adventurer, leader and Irishman, Sir Ernest Shackleton left England to undertake the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition.  It was an adventure that nearly ended in disaster when his ship, the Endurance, was crushed in the winter ice in the Wedell Sea.  However, by virtue of his incredible leadership, the entire expedition was led to safety some 19 months later with not a single life lost.  They really knew how to have adventures in those days!

And that’s what I’m planning to do again.  In 48 hours I leave for Antarctica – thanks to a publishing contract from Macmillan and a wife who continues to be very understanding (not least because she will be in Barbados while I am away).  True, my greatest leadership triumph will be to return home without the loss of my hand luggage – but it still feels pretty…intrepid.

P1000083So now the spare bedroom once again looks like the aftermath of an explosion in Mountain Warehouse and I own a coat which is as stylish and well tailored as a roll of loft insulation.   On my travels I hope to do some serious whale watching, iceberg avoiding, Antarctic swimming (maybe) and novel writing.

And, as always, iI am only able to go because other people have encouraged me, covered for me and allowed me to believe that doing something just because you dream of doing it is reason enough.  Thank you, and I hope you will read and comment on my blog over the next two weeks.


  1. Gerry Noonan says:

    There’s really no stopping you Allan is there? I’m sure it will be a tremendous adventure and I look forward to reading all about it. Take care!

  2. Chris says:

    I’m really totally impressed mate… And why not indeed? Having adventures is what life is all about Allan. Never stop taking the opportunity, be careful and have fun!!!

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