Home of the Six-Foot Penguin

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

So much has been written about Antarctica. Inquisitions into the exploits of Scott, Shackleton, Mawson and others from the heroic age of exploration are legion. Literary scientists have dissected the continent with poetic precision. Yet, for all this profusion, you’re hard pressed to find anyone with much good to say about the place. Perhaps this […]

Come Hell & High Water

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Early in the 19th century, there were some 260,000 of them across Britain’s naval and merchant fleets. People called them Jacks, but they are mostly nameless – or nameless to history. Even on surviving muster lists, seamen’s identities can be hidden behind pseudonyms. Some of these – George Million or Jacob Blackbeard, say – express a degree of wish fulfilment. Others are more

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