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220 E-Base team messages

  1. Hello,

    I was fortunate to watch a special on the weather channel today 6/15/08 and learn about you and your life’s work. The impact and education you are providing is unmeasurable. THANK YOU for helping to save our world.


    Christine Bruggeman Jun 15, 2008 // 6:48 pm

  2. hi Mr Francis

    how are you doing? hope your working really hard and got lots to tell us when you get back. see ya matty morris 5g

    matthew morris Jun 03, 2008 // 12:45 pm

  3. Hallo Robert, liebe Leute !

    Ich durfte Robert auf der TIECON 2008 erleben und es war wahrlich
    ein Erlebnis, das mich sehr inspiriert hat.

    Ich werde weiter beobachten, lernen und helfen wo & wie auch immer ich kann !

    Danke Euch allen für Euren Einsatz!

    Thomas Nemeth

    Thomas Nemeth May 26, 2008 // 8:13 am

  4. You are an inspiration to us all Robert Swan and team. Whenever you feel tired and want to go home, realize that your journey is not going unnoticed. We believe in your mission and admire your dedication. Today you might be seen as idealists but tomorrow you will be remembered as heroes.

    emma miller May 23, 2008 // 2:35 pm

  5. hello Robert!
    I saw you today jus about 5 hours ago at the TieCon. At Silicon Valley, California. I have to say I am a teenager and you might have noticed that it’s not easy to get through to us. But I have never been so inspired by anyone the way you have today and I think this might even last for some time. Every word you said came right to me. I guess you are right. You do have to SHOW! That’s what I liked about you. You didn’t jus go on about how we have to save the planet and give a long lecture on it. You ARE a leader, u went through a lot of pain, but let me tell you, that, pain is not going to any waste. It helps people like me believe that things CAN be done to help. And the world CAN change if we want it to.
    So thank you for that wonderful speech and I hope I will get to see more of you soon. GOOD LUCK!

    Spandana May 17, 2008 // 1:18 am

  6. Robert,

    I enjoyed seeing you in San Diego and in Portland. Thank you so much for all that you do to inspire and teach us to take care of our environment. Each time I see you speak I am so inspired by you! You are amazing!


    Kari Mote May 03, 2008 // 7:24 pm

  7. hi again

    what are you doing now and are you going to post any more comments.
    by the way i am the depuity head girl!!! amber is a science moniter. i just thought you might be interested in that. can you e-mail me with some pictures if you have taken any on your expadition and also some more infomation if you have any.

    emily xxxxx
    amber xxxxxxxxxx

    Emily Mappin And Amber Balmforth Apr 15, 2008 // 4:45 am

  8. hi

    just wondered if you were going to post any more videos on the website because you havent posted any since 18th march.

    can you ask if mr francis is going to post a video on the website.

    Bye for now

    Emily Mappin And Amber Balmforth Apr 08, 2008 // 4:52 am

  9. hi robert hope your having a good time good luck

    from joseph (5 years)

    joseph gueli Apr 07, 2008 // 3:01 am

  10. hi robert how’s the weather been?
    i just noticed you havent put a video up since the 18th of march i want to know whats going on down there


    finlay wotton Apr 07, 2008 // 2:32 am

  11. Hello hope you had a nice Easter. Did you have any Easter eggs? Anyway, keep warm and let me know if you see any penguins.


    lucy metcalfe and ruth metcalfe Apr 01, 2008 // 7:02 am

  12. I see that John Luck is up for the “Most Funny Hat Trophy” in this expedition.
    I gladly pass on this prestiguous award from my 2005 win !

    To all: have a safe trip back home !


    Hannes Krenn (the IBM guy from Expedition 3) Mar 27, 2008 // 9:16 am

  13. Congratulations Robert and the Inspire Team. Such great progress for all involved with the e-Base and how the global community has begun to open it’s eyes to Climate Change. The lead story in Australia today was the collapse of the Wilkins Ice Shelf.

    Rob, Johnny Luck and Kyle keep up the great work and have a great time South. A very jealous Aussie.

    Jonathan Kerley Mar 27, 2008 // 5:40 am

  14. hi Robert Swan
    sorry i havent posted any comments to you for ages, it is because i have been extreamly busy lately.
    i hope you have enjoyed what you have done and i hope that you are very VERY proud of yourselves. can you tell mr francis that i hope he is ok in the weather and that he is coping so far.

    love from Emily Mappin

    Emily Mappin Mar 26, 2008 // 3:45 pm


    tom Filcich Mar 25, 2008 // 10:58 pm

  16. Yo dudes-
    I just made it back to Reno. Great trip, the E-Base and all the goods packed up very fast with Benjamins help. I hope the rest of the cruise is going well for you guys, and I will be in touch soon.

    Jake Barrett Mar 25, 2008 // 12:21 pm

  17. Guys,

    I’ve loved watching every minute. Come home safe, and tell the world all about it…


    Giles Sims Williams Mar 22, 2008 // 5:57 pm

  18. What an amazing job you have all done.

    You should all be so proud of what you have all achieved.

    Julz xxoo

    Julz (npower) Mar 21, 2008 // 3:04 pm

  19. Hi Marjan,

    It all looks amazing down there! I haven’t spent as much time as I would like on your site as I would like as work has been crazy (long hours) but all that is over as I am off to the sunny climbs of Cuba tomorrow! Ireally can’t wait – it has been a long three months at work and so I feel the need for a break.

    When are you back? I want to hear all about it!

    Love Hels (AKA – AG!)

    Helen Park-Weir Mar 21, 2008 // 11:51 am

  20. Hey guys well done on a fantastic 3 weeks. I was very happy and proud to be able to assist in my very small way.
    Enjoy the next part of the adventure.

    Duncan – Vavilov zodiac taxi service

    Duncan Fell Mar 20, 2008 // 8:08 pm

  21. To: Anne Kershaw & Robert Swan;

    On behalf of students from Stanford University and San Jose State University and myself, we would like to sincerely thank you for your efforts in working with Satish Chetty in taking the PolarBot to Antarctica.

    This is culmination of a lot of work by engineering students and seeing their PolarBot actually in Antarctica is quite exciting. We hope that this demonstration will lead to future projects which will help scientists in their study of Antarctica and can help preserve such a wonderous place.

    Prof. Bob Twiggs
    Stanford University

    Prof. Bob Twiggs Mar 20, 2008 // 4:43 pm

  22. from Natalie Allen, Anchor and Correspondent for The Weather Channel
    network’s climate show “Forecast Earth.”

    Have enjoyed your videos–and I was supposed to be on the trip to
    Antarctica following your ebase live venture but…I am stuck in
    Atlanta–We are to interview Robert in California
    next month for our show.

    We also have a segment called “eco-extreme” where we highlight
    wacky eco-friendly ideas…loved your solar powered fan-hat–
    I do believe that is what it was…any chance you can
    send that clip (including your Lance Armstrong imitation on
    the bike)….could you possibly upload it to our FTP site so
    we can include it in an upcoming show? If you can email me
    I will send our FTP site info. THANKS AND GOOD LUCK!!

    Natalie Allen Mar 20, 2008 // 2:53 pm

  23. Hello Robert hope its going well down there, anyway back up here i am trying to save energy by turning electrical things off i dont need and i am creating posters with the website address on and telling people to save energy and about 2041 plus about the treaty. GOOD LUCK MR FRANCIS WERE KEEPING TRACK OF YOU.

    HENRY ATKINSON Mar 20, 2008 // 1:38 pm

  24. hi i come from qegs junior one of are teachers is with you luke francis

    I was just wandering, how many times have you been to either of the poles?

    thank you


    Aidan Hopkinson Mar 20, 2008 // 12:58 pm

  25. Dear Robert and Team! It’s great that you really have made this project. When you made announcement during IAE 5, I’ve had no doubts that you will do it. However it is unbelievable and so inspiring! I know, there was many problems, including our russian bureauocratic system. But you overcome all challenges. Good luck!

    With warmest regards,
    Victor (IAE 5).

    Victor Mar 20, 2008 // 8:33 am

  26. russ
    just wishing you and your crew a happy easter. were all going for a chinese meal tonight and then out on a big bender. ill have a few whiskeys for you as i no you dont wanna miss out. seriously though, tanya & shaun kill max in eastenders on good friday, shocking. wouldnt happen if you were still in the square. speaking of shapes, the triangle of trust is holding up. lynne ‘the gin drinker’ wharry has stepped up to keep the 3sided circle strong in your absence. be strong and be free in your heart. jog on son

    ronnie kay Mar 20, 2008 // 7:31 am

  27. Hi Robert

    I am from QEGS Junior school I just wondered how do you take a bath or a shower? I wondered because i was looking at the videos and you look as if you can only wash your hair.Talk to you soon

    Finlay Wotton 5C QEGS Junior

    finlay wotton Mar 20, 2008 // 5:17 am

  28. Hello eBase Team,
    I arrived safely back home but been down with the flu since then. It was great experience being at the camp. I had a great time and thanks for taking care of me when I was there. Best of luck and I am following your progress everyday.

    Russ, I’ve been giving Mayo & crackers a try here. Somehow it doesn’t taste as good as it did:)

    PS: I also posted some of the pictures here

    Satish Chetty Mar 19, 2008 // 6:50 pm

  29. Lauren Wylie::: tell me, exactly what are you walking on….how do you step from the boat onto the “terrain”??? what does the terrain feel like when you take a step..????lots of questions, from an urban person,,, Love tom

    tom filcich Mar 19, 2008 // 2:20 pm

  30. Hi

    My mum says i hope that all your things are going ok and i hope that you are making mr Francis do some hard work while he is there.

    i hope everything is ok and i hope that you are enoying what you are doing

    Emily Mappin
    (My mum as well)

    emily mappin and my mum Mar 19, 2008 // 2:15 pm

  31. hi Mr Fransis ,

    i bet its really cold in antarctica and its quite windy where we are is it windy there? well anyway i just posted this message to see how you were i hope ur Ok cya Edward Woolley.

    Edward Woolley Mar 19, 2008 // 2:04 pm

  32. Hi Russ,

    How cold do you look !!!!!!!

    Hope everything is still going well and your enjoying the experience. Was gonna give you an update on whats happening in Eastenders (don’t try and pretend your not interested!!), however we have just realised that we have been working that much overtime that we havent got a clue either!!
    Dont fret though because Ronnie has recorded neighbours and home and away for you and promises to give them to you as soon as you get back.
    Do you remember mr king ? He called back asking to speak to you last week, said he wouldn’t deal with anyone else. He did sound very angry so i’ve left the details on your desk to give him a call as soon as you get back to work. (again i did try to help, but lets face it how many times have we heard that before!!!)
    Enjoy the rest of your amazing journey. See you soon love and smoochies Andrea & Leanne x x x x

    Leanne G and Andrea M Mar 19, 2008 // 1:06 pm

  33. The penguin rookery piece was awesome in the way you represented so harsh a reality by letting the images and a few lines tell the story. Hope you got mom’s message

    love Dad

    Rob Odonoghue Mar 19, 2008 // 8:47 am

  34. Hi Nicola, (npower)
    Have been following the teams progress with great interest.
    Glad to see that you have all arrived and about to join the rest of the team for the great adventure. Hope you enjoy the challenge, looks quite bleak and cold. (Not too warm in the UK at the moment)
    Can’t wait to catch up with you and hear all about it when you return.
    Nicolas’ mum

    Margaret Young Mar 19, 2008 // 7:39 am

  35. Hi kyle
    it looks fantastic there. Keep safe and warm hugs and smiles–your favorite aunty mim xxx

    Mim Mar 19, 2008 // 7:10 am

  36. For KYLE:

    Hope this gets to you. As always technologically challenged. Hope you are keeping warm. We are following each day with fascination. Hot here today – 32. Love you. Mom

    Carmen Mar 19, 2008 // 2:14 am

  37. Hola hermanos!
    I know it is not easy your travel, but for the dreamers is not always easy… in the other hand, the road is always full of life. “Carnales en vida, Pau y Alex, sigan que nunca estarán solos, sus actos de vida repercuten”…
    is soo good to have yo as a friends.
    Illuminate as the suns you are! keep going…

    laura Mar 19, 2008 // 12:14 am

  38. Hello Everyone,
    I want to thank you all for your hard work, inspiration and dedication. What an invaluable education you have provided to us all. May your work continue to encourage others to preserve and protect Antarctica and our precious world well beyond 2041!

    Karen Barrett Mar 18, 2008 // 2:55 pm

  39. Dear fransis

    i bet the weathers absaloutly crud,
    iv been doing some research on antartica and its really intresting dont you think,ceep record of what youv been doing down there, and i bet its much more windy up here than it is down there.

                                           see ya
                                                   from George Oliver

    george oliver Mar 18, 2008 // 7:57 am

  40. Well done Kyle, Looks like quite the adventure – and I’m sure the beers/whizzer are always cold.

    The Weather in SA is crap at the moment (wet and cold)….

    You also seemed to have sorted our your power issue and probably have more power in your bunk, then we have to run the country.
    Heres a problem, maybe you and team could mull over during dinner and come up with a solution:

    At the tip of Africa, is a small fantastic country that has achieved loads of success during their transition to a Democracy . Over the past 30 years they have not invested in Infrastructure and due to tremendous economic growth (over the past 5 years) they are now running desperately short on power. This in turn is unwinding all the success we have achieved.
    You and your team of intrepid enviromentally conscious scientists need to come up with an innovative solution as to how us “safrican’s ” can resolve our power shortage in an enviromentally econimal way.

    enjoy your trip,

    Heath Mar 18, 2008 // 6:00 am

  41. hi
    could you send me some info on antarctica

    lucy Mar 18, 2008 // 5:55 am

  42. hi
    is luke there yet
    send him rhiann’s love

    emily mappin, lucy metcalfe and rhiann o' malley Mar 18, 2008 // 5:48 am

  43. Hiya Kecker boy you swine,

    Loving the beard you look like a mammoth when are you joining the circus?
    I hear Jolly’s is recruiting, Lion Tamer ???

    Work is the same as usual although we have new computers that we can access your vids with audio so try and be more entertaining, we want to see you put 5p’s up your nose as stated on your application.

    Have you seen a penguin , please can you name one bernard and take a pic for Gayle.

    Peace out

    Gayle And Scoff Mar 18, 2008 // 5:44 am

  44. Hi Jake,
    Just checking in. We have been following the web pages on the E-Base site. We have seen your smiling face and are so excited for you. What an inspirational venture. Kaia is doing well. Give me a quick call if you can.

    Karen Barrett Mar 17, 2008 // 6:05 pm

  45. nevermind the needing you back to keep an eye on mike-us girls need you back for some rusty love! x

    nic Mar 17, 2008 // 5:21 pm

  46. Hi Russ ,Robert and all the team.3 weeks in and still going strong.After the first few weeks which were extremely hard a lot of people would have give in but not you lot.I am so proud of you all and Russ you have shown pure smoggy grit.I will let you explain to them all what a smoggy is.I hope when this present expedition is over,that the media give it huge coverage around the world to show people what can be done.I think you still have a huge task to convince people that renewable energy is the ONLY way to go.I was talking to a couple last week about the great job you are doing and when I mentioned renewable energy the only thing they had to say was it was just another excuse for government tax.When I said that fossil fuels were running out one lady said she would rather have nuclear power station next to her than a wind turbine.When I asked why she said because it was cleaner!.So you can see the large task ahead.Keep up the good work and really looking forward to hearing all about it.


    Graham lowdon Mar 17, 2008 // 4:14 pm

  47. hi robert swan

    Just wantd to Know if you will see the corrispondents again either after your expadition of while you are still on it. it must be so cool to be the first man to live off renewable energey for 3 weeks

    Emily Mappin and Amber Balmforth
    xxx(from emily)
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx(from amber)

    Emily Mappin and Amber Balmforth Mar 17, 2008 // 8:37 am

  48. Hello down there JB! Hope you have your sea legs with you! Just wanted to update you on the kids. Olivia has been dazzling us with her new gymnastic moves. Rachel has been busy “teaching” and skating. Both enjoy looking for you on the website. Great Pictures! Over the weekend, a couple of golf balls hit the house, once again sounding like a bomb! But we’re used to the sound now.

    We are so envious of you — take everything in — we’re proud of you. Looking forward to seeing you in Antarctica!

    love and kisses — kimberly

    Rachel Bray (James Bray's daughter) Mar 17, 2008 // 8:13 am

  49. James,

    Hope you are having a good time and your trip is living up to the expectations. The weather seems a bit warmer than what I would have expected. It’s colded in North Dakota!
    Just to keep you updated, UGA Mens BB won the SEC Tourney and Tiger Woods won his fifth straight. Speaking of golf, how far did you hit the golf ball? I can see the local headlines now ” American James Bray hits nasty snap hook and makes contact with polar bear and is, now, running across Antartica”. Just kidding, You’re probably sunbathing on the main deck of that fancy Yacht.
    Anyway, I am sure you will have many stories for us and be safe. See you in June!

    Seth M. Hasty

    Seth M. Hasty Mar 17, 2008 // 7:16 am

  50. hello my name is maariah i am a very good friend of lucy metcalfe who is the corispondent i am very intrested in this expadition please tell me more about this expadition please please pretty please with a cherry on top
    bye bye lucy is here

    hi luke
    how are you
    what is it like being in antarctica
    how much different is it to be in antarctica with some mates than be at home with your family

    and goodbye

    maariah birader Mar 17, 2008 // 5:51 am

  51. Hi Kylo

    Kyle Mar 17, 2008 // 3:28 am

  52. Heya Johno & Kyle!

    Amazing pics and videos. oh and stories too! Looks like it was a grand (and real) adventure.

    And that pancake looked divine.

    St. Patty’s day tomorrow may feel like Christmas with the MV Ushuaia arriving…stocked bar, warm showers and Jumper, too! Hope the rest of the time in the Antarctic is fantastic.



    Sarah Mar 16, 2008 // 9:29 pm

  53. This is message for Marcin Durzyński from Poland:


    Good luck,

    We are with you.

    Your sales team & your boss

    Mariusz Surmacz Mar 16, 2008 // 2:39 pm

  54. Just wanted to send a few words of encouragement to the E-base team! Your commitment and courage should serve as inspiration for us all! Keep up the great work! My thoughts are with you all. Keep working to change the world!

    All the best,

    Rob Brust Mar 16, 2008 // 11:20 am

  55. Hi Nicky,
    How proud we are of you and the team – keep up the good work – stay well and safe.

    Love Mom and P

    p.s. Wales won the Six Nations Rugby Championship – England coming second. England’s cricket team lost the first test down under but doing better in the second.

    Mom and P Mar 16, 2008 // 8:05 am

  56. Dear Robert,

    The eBase is fantastic – the vidoes most entertaining – congratulerations!
    Will follow your stay via the eBase web site.
    When you are back in London you are invited over for pancakes on a Sunday morning.
    You are an inspiration to us all.

    The Mowinckels, London

    The Mowinckels Mar 16, 2008 // 7:21 am

  57. Hey Kyle,

    I follow the adventure with complete fascination. It is quite different from what I had imagined. A bit of a captive audience really. I keep singing don’t cry for me Argentina and I’m very tempted to hire March of the Penguins again – but it’s most certainly not as interesting as your expedition. But, the ordinary folk must try :). I hope you are well and happy – but mostly inspired and of course, no longer ‘tired’. It’s a windy night in CT, Clovelly is ineitably much the same (albeit one less inhabitant) but of course there is still red wine in my glass – which is fantastic. I do hope you have a hip flask. There is always a touch of whiskey in any redeemable expedition I’m sure.

    Take care of yourself and be well

    Paula Jan youens Mar 15, 2008 // 6:27 pm

  58. To all of the wonderful people who have been sending the E-Base team messages,

    Thank you for all of your support and well-wishes. You have encouraged us to stay inspired when things were not always as rosy as we would have liked, and you still remind us on a daily basis just how many people believe in what we are trying to do.

    For all of the friends and supporters of the Inspire Antarctic Expedition team members who are avidly following the story as the team is on their way to join us, thank you for your messages and know that the 2008 IAE Expedition site is up and running: You can watch your friends and family as they travel through Antarctica and leave comments on their posts on that site.

    All the best from the EBGL team here in Bellingshausen and please continue to follow the adventure!

    Marjan from E-Base Team Mar 15, 2008 // 3:40 pm

  59. Hi Diane
    Hope you didn’t get seasick as yet.
    We all miss you here in Curacao and hope you’re having a great time, together with the team.
    My regards also to JC and Arthur.
    Love from your brother Johnny and the whole family.

    John Rigaud Mar 15, 2008 // 3:31 pm

  60. this is for Lauren Wylie…..I am pleased to be able to stay in touch with you during your day to day explorations of “where you are” ..I trust they are feeding you and looking after you, and that, the person(persons) who were there to hug you willl acknowledge that to me, in a blog, e-mail or a video of the person(persons) actually hugging you as a welcome to E-Base… for me, , I am in Bend Oregon, in 40 degree weather and with one jacket on, at the moment….nearest ICE is 20 miles away….Cascades…
    Thanks to the genius who made the message board, so I can keep in typewriter-touch with you… well and blessings,,,,,(Say,, is there a Starbucks there, YET>>>??? love tom

    tom Filcich Mar 15, 2008 // 2:24 pm

  61. For James Bray….
    Scott and I are very excited about your journey. Stay safe and warm. Your envolvement in this expedition has increased our interest in protecting our environment. I find myself re-evaluating my own carbon footprint daily now.

    Take care,

    Gloria Black

    Gloria Black Mar 15, 2008 // 10:41 am

  62. Howzit Kylo. You have a very horrible brother!!!! I wish you were here with us instead of him. Have just got back from the Argus. Drove passed your house – your car is still there!!!!!! Amazing. Keep warm and love you to the moon and back.

    Your favorite auntie and cousies x x x x and Ian

    ann Mar 15, 2008 // 7:26 am

  63. hey kyle, you looser. We felt very sorry for you cos no one writes on the wall for you. Just to say hi and that it is nice an warm here, actually I am off for a swim now…

    ross Mar 15, 2008 // 7:24 am

  64. Hi Mark,
    Looks like your having a great time and we are enjoying following your progress. Keep up the good work and we look forward to hearing all about it when you get home.

    Love Lizzie and Pete
    Ps If Mr Swan can have a shave why can’t you!!!!

    Lizzie Green Mar 15, 2008 // 6:31 am

  65. From Istanbul we are following your achievements, and spreading your mission for the protection of Antarctica.

    We wish you strength with the challenges you are facing.
    My best regards to the whole team and especially to Marjan

    Margriet verlaan Mar 14, 2008 // 10:00 am

  66. Hi everyone over there,

    Keep up the good work and enjoy your stay in this incredible place.

    Monsieur P.

    Mister P Mar 14, 2008 // 9:32 am

  67. I was on King George Island when the e-base team arrived. I found Marjan uploading videos a day after they had arrived in the middle of night from the hut of Alejo who is himself an Antarctic veteran. When it comes to natural energy , this whole group led by Robert Swan are a major source of power in themselves. I think my laptop got charged just being around these guys, such is the energy they emit. Next day they started the toil of hauling equipment up the hill in 25 to 30 knot winds and gusts that was replaced by rain and then heavy fog within the next 24 hours. The conditions were simply atrocious and down at the Russian and Chilean bases we wondered if these guys were mad. No heating, no hot water, no light – nothing – ion those terrible conditions and they were huddled up there in the elements working as though it was spring time in England. They continued working systematically and undeterred and soon the ebase was up and functioning. It might seems easy from here but no video or words can describe the conditions they were up against.
    The commitment, bravado and sheer grit of Swan and his team is infectious and inspiring. He himself is made in the mold of original explorers like Scott and Shackleton.
    It is said about Antarctic that the cold & distant continent attracts the finest and worst of humans and bares their soul naked once they are there. Swan is finest of human species committed to preservation and common good and they are all lovable characters. I hope their adventures are made compulsory reading in schools because their work is advancement of civilization in the right direction.
    On a personal note: It was great to meet with you guys, hope to see you in London soon and talk about how we can take your message to Europe and Russia through our projects. Good luck.

    Ajay Goyal Mar 14, 2008 // 9:14 am

  68. Mr A. Francis,

    3KS just wanted to wish you GOOD LUCK and hope all goes well. Josie is missing you already but still smiling!

    Lots of hugs from 3KS!


    P.S. We would love to hear about your adventures when you return!

    3KS Mar 14, 2008 // 8:26 am

  69. Hi Daddy-Howard

    Today I started an adventure of my own, I rolled over for the first time – wish you could have seen it, it was really good! Love Aston (4 months)

    Dad, today I kept a piece of broccoli in my mouth for 15 minutes – good hey? Love Grace (3 years)

    We’re missing you already and can’t wait to see more of your adventures. Hope you get your sea-legs quickly and have a fabulous crossing! Lots of love, Christine

    Christine Gilmour Mar 14, 2008 // 5:39 am

  70. Hi from everyone at qegs hope it goes well!!

    Will W Mar 14, 2008 // 4:26 am

  71. Very nice and important job for the antarctic nature, go ahead and good luck!!
    My friend alexis Wood that is in the chilean antarctic told me about your web site and your beautiful job.
    cordial gerettings from Chile

    Sergio Palominos A Mar 13, 2008 // 7:22 pm

  72. Hi Robert and Marjan,

    I hope you guys are having a blast in Antarctica. Keep up the great and inspiring work!

    - Shailendra Sinha.
    international student expedition – Icewalk’89.

    Shailendra Sinha Mar 13, 2008 // 7:01 pm

  73. Hi Russ, Mark, Marjan and team,

    Nice work getting the solar thermal system up and running, I hope you are enjoyed your shower!

    It was really sad to see that Nemo didn’t make it. Keep your chins up and keep going. You are all doing such an amazing job and getting that all-important message through.

    Julz (npower) Mar 13, 2008 // 5:01 pm

  74. hi robert how u duin hope u ave a great time down there i bet its allot colder there than it is here

    from tom jenkinson

    tom jenkinson (qegs) Mar 13, 2008 // 2:47 pm

  75. ..for Lauren Wylie ( she is arriving….my comment, my request, Someone on the team, give her a biggg hug , for Me,
    What does she look like????? she is tall, she is slender, she is attractive, and she will be dressed in many, many layers, so you won’t see any of that!!!!!!
    Will she be hard to hug, in alll of that paraphanalia????go fine ouot…tom

    tom filcich Mar 13, 2008 // 1:21 pm

  76. hi robert swan

    got a copy of the live feed at school today and i watched it with my mum. she loved it!!!!!!!!

    i just wanted to knw can you send e-mails back to us?

    emily mappin

    p.s. can you say hi to mr francis when he gets there

    emily mappin Mar 13, 2008 // 12:03 pm

  77. hi robert swan

    got a copy of the live feed at school today and i watched it with my mum. she loved it!!!!!!!!

    i just wanted to knw ca you send e-mails back to us?

    emily mappin

    p.s. can you say hi to mr francis when he gets there

    emily mappin Mar 13, 2008 // 12:03 pm

  78. Dear Rob,
    Any towels or chocolate sandwiches where you are? Hope there is lots to amuse you all and is fun. Big hello to Kyle and John too. Havent worked out how to see your ‘live’ stuff yet. Well done you’ve done it XX Ciara

    Ciara Mar 13, 2008 // 11:15 am

  79. hi people in qegs

    hassan Mar 13, 2008 // 9:59 am



    freddie, josh, nikhil, ryan and daniel Mar 13, 2008 // 9:58 am


    freddie, josh, nikhil, ryan and daniel Mar 13, 2008 // 9:57 am

  82. On behalf of the people of Curacao, Thank you Robert for the “Livechat”.
    It was a historical day for Curacao.
    Video conferencing from a small island in the Caribbean all the way to Antarctica powered by renewable energy sources. Amazing!!!

    Special thanks to Marjan for the communication set up.
    You guys are doing a great job.

    Take care, keep safe. Together we’ll make it a better place…. for all!

    Eduardo Vlieg Mar 13, 2008 // 9:05 am

  83. Hello Antarctica Team,

    Hope you are all having a great time. we are following your progress with interest and enjoyed finding out about Nemo. We would like to know about the food you have down there as we don’t imagine there will be a Sainsburys!
    Hope your expedition is going well. Bye for now.

    4R QEGS WAKEFIELD Mar 13, 2008 // 5:47 am

  84. hi
    when mr franis ghets there can you please tell him that emily mappin is giong to watch all of the new videos and she hopes that you are going to do one.


    emily mappin Mar 13, 2008 // 5:44 am

  85. Hey John,
    Love the images we’ve seen so far on the site. I thought we would see one of you stumbling amidst the Russian debris, no doubt half in the bag.

    We miss you. Be safe.


    Randy & Becki Rupp Mar 12, 2008 // 10:14 pm

  86. Hi Nicky, hi team!

    Am following all your adventures with great interest and feeling very lucky to be in a warm climate right now. You are an inspiration, each and every one of you and I hope (and am sure) you are having experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.

    Keep those chins up,

    Gareth x

    Gareth Mar 12, 2008 // 9:07 pm

  87. Love the pictures on the website! Hope all is well. Just wanted to let you know you truly impressed and inspired the children who were at the Roanoke live chat. Several have taped the information flyers James’ distributed to everyone on their bedroom walls. With copies being made of the live chat and other schools being able to watch these copies, even more will hear of the expedition, its purpose and will also become inspired.

    Tell James hello when he arrives and we’ll be watching!!

    James’ family – kb, rb, & ob

    Rachel Bray (James Bray's daughter) Mar 12, 2008 // 7:50 pm

  88. Hi Mark, looks like you’re having fun in the sun down there. Keep up the good work with the power stuff – looks to us like it beats the day job.

    On a serious note, really support the message your giving here and wish you all the best.

    Take care
    Ian, Katie and Megs
    PS Megs is giving you big tens.

    Ian, Katie & Megan Mar 12, 2008 // 3:15 pm

  89. hi robert swan
    it was so cool talking to you on that live webcam n the 12th of march it was a very special experience and i hope that you are coping because it has been extreamly windy here ,and on the way going to quegs, to talk to you, i nearly fell over!!! the man you saw in the yellow shirt said that he could try and get me a coppy of the live feed.
    it was so good my mum really wants to see it

    emily mappin
    (the girl you spoke to on the front)

    emily mappin Mar 12, 2008 // 2:14 pm

  90. Nicky and Team

    Looks absolutely awsome down there, how about putting your backs in it. Not enough hard work being done! Not!

    Nick when did you get so photogenic???


    Lee Jay Mar 12, 2008 // 2:07 pm

  91. hey kyle

    jutta : we can see now where you are. keep your thermo on and keep warm . i bought some climbing shoes yoday with gary im going to try them out tommorw

    tundra: we all love u kyle and missing u lots!!!!!!!!!!
    hope u come back soon and have fun!!!!!!!!!!!

    lots of love from:

    tundra & co. Mar 12, 2008 // 1:06 pm

  92. Hi Russ and all the team.Just read your report Russ on installing the solar tubes.You made it sound fairly simple although I can imagine it wasnt in those conditions.If the manufacturers can guarantee reliability and a reasonable price for initial cost and installation surely it must be in everybodys interest to invest in these products including wind turbines to save money on running their houses and most importantly help save the planet.Governments must also relax some of their planning permission laws to enable people to take advantage of these products.Im well impressed Russ.

    Graham and Hazel

    Graham and Hazel Lowdon Mar 12, 2008 // 1:05 pm

  93. just wishing good luck to Mr. Luke Francis from

    Queen Elizabeth Grammar School who arrives tmrorow

    good luck:)


    Izaak Tanna Mar 12, 2008 // 9:51 am

  94. Hi Robert

    Thanks for the live link today with Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, it was a great success and I could not believe how clear you were.

    As well as the 3 students you saw during the link, we where also showing you on the big screen in our theatre. This means you where being viewed live by about 150 of our students from all the schools that make up, Wakefield Grammar School Foundation.

    We made a video recording of the live link. This is to be shown on Monday morning at all of our Foundation Schools assemblies, so hopefully making your expedition and its goals known to an even larger audience.

    Please thank all your team for making this possible, keep warm out there and hopefully we might see you in the future for another great assembly given by you.

    Make sure you get Luke Francis working hard when he joins you.

    All the best and keep up the good work.

    Andrew Shaw (tech guy), everyone else at QEGS and WGHS.

    Andrew Shaw Mar 12, 2008 // 8:53 am

  95. Sending you a warm hug Marjan!!! Hope all is going fantastically well! xxx

    Delphine Mar 12, 2008 // 7:44 am

  96. This is a special hello to Wendy Gediman and the whole crew who are just about to start their expedition!!!

    Chantal Gordon Mar 12, 2008 // 7:08 am

  97. Hi Mark,

    thanks for yesterdays live link to the children of Tibberton CofE First School. The afternoon was a great success and hopefully we have helped improve their understanding of live in Antartica.

    The team send their wishes to you and the rest of the 2041 team. The video clips are proving a great way of keeping in touch and although you’re the other side of the world its great to see you every day.

    Well, we’re all off for a few beers and a curry! Thinking of you.

    Rob, Wendy, Helen, Claire, Chris, Tom, Louisa and Bushra

    Rob Harper & the npower team Mar 12, 2008 // 6:59 am

  98. Dear Robert
    I was in the audience a couple of weeks ago at the UK National School of Government when you spoke to us about your walks to the South and North poles. I was very impressed by your story and the endurance and persistence (along with a degree of madness!) you showed in your quest to make your dreams a reality. I have read about your Antartica experiences with the wind turbines and getting completely wet through without the luxury of a warm shower to experience – at least not for a while yet. It is great to read about your endeavours and I wish you all the best for the rest of the stay – you made a huge impression on the leadership group and I am sure that your most recent experiences are an inspiration to all.
    (Canberra, Australia)

    Alison Mar 12, 2008 // 5:36 am

  99. Hey John!

    You and the team are such an inspiration. In fact, I just went out and bought new light bulbs for my home. I hope your new Timberland boots are keeping you warm. We’re missing you dearly here. Can’t wait to hear all about your trip at the April Bleck-Pan Mensa meeting.

    Stay Warm.


    Emma Mar 11, 2008 // 7:03 pm

  100. Hi Nicky and all the team,

    just caught up with your last few days.
    Enjoy watching you all,its a beautiful place.
    The kids have been watching also.
    Keep up the good work and we will keep watching.

    Emma, Robert and kids


    emma dickinson Mar 11, 2008 // 3:33 pm

  101. Hi team we are all watching your progress and its good to see some of the equipment in use after dispatching it from Didcot. I’m not sure where Pete Forest is hiding but tell him to look after Scarlet for me and I hope to see her soon.
    Alan Leader 15th Didcot scouts.

    Alan Leader Mar 11, 2008 // 3:18 pm

  102. Hi Russ

    EEEEER YOOOU……hope your having fun looks great. Everyone’s missing you and looking forward to seeing you again.

    Keep trying to send messages but none showing!

    Need you back to keep a check on Mike..only joking.

    Have Fun

    Gayle and team xxx

    Gayle and team Mar 11, 2008 // 11:26 am

  103. hi just wanted to say hi to mr francis he is on his way now

    love emily and amber and lucy

    emily mappin and lucy metcalfe Mar 11, 2008 // 8:52 am

  104. Hi Team,

    Pictures and videos so far look fantastic. Such an amazing place to have the chance to visit/work.

    Good luck for the rest of the stay

    Joe – Nicky’s brother

    Joe Turner Mar 11, 2008 // 7:53 am

  105. Hi Nicky & the rest of the team. Did you all enjoy your day off on Sunday
    from all that hard work last week ? Must have been very uncomfortable, being frozen and soaking wet with no way of getting warm and dry. Its now Tuesday afternoon here, what has happened to your Day 9 communication, are you all having a lie in ? If you get chance Nicky don’t forget to send a post card from the Base Post Office. Enjoy the rest of the week, hope the weather stays fine.
    Lv Dad

    John @ Stella Mar 11, 2008 // 7:53 am

  106. Hello IAE 2008 team !!
    It’s great to hear from you, i wish you all the best for this new expedition, and will follow your progress via the website…
    ENJOY… and please take care of Virginie, my French colleague, who will join you in a few days ;-)

    Claire Meunier Mar 11, 2008 // 6:42 am

  107. Hi All

    As some of you will know those are our turbines you’ve got generating your electricity.

    We are so pleased that you’ve got them up and working, and Pete Forest has told us not only are your batteries fully charged, but the excess energy is powering your heaters.

    Keep up the good work, and if any of you guys want a job installing wind turbines when you get back home (and I can promise balmier conditions) then give me a call.

    From the team at Samrey

    Philip Tilbury Mar 11, 2008 // 5:46 am

  108. hello when mr francis gets there please may you tell him that lucy metcalfe and emily mappin are really looking fprward to hearing about all your amazing adventures in antarctica the very best of luck from emily mappin and lucy metcalfe

    emily mappin and lucy metcalfe Mar 11, 2008 // 5:42 am

  109. Hi Rob, Marjan, Nicky and Co

    Hope all went well with moving in. Heartbroken I couldnt be there to get stuck in to a REAL job but I should be fit enough next year if you’ll have me! Any assitance I can render from the UK I will do. As Rob always says Patience and care are the keys to sucess!
    Good luck and look after each other.

    Clive Clasby Mar 11, 2008 // 5:39 am

  110. Mark, Russ and all the team – that video is fab! I am so jealous – it looks so magical. What’s more, you will have great content for education resources. Keep the videos coming – we would love some great turbine footage. I would also like to see the circuit board, water system . . . and for intrigue, the general tidyness of the dormatory! What have you been eating?
    Heaps of good wishes

    Clare McDougall Mar 11, 2008 // 4:55 am

  111. Dear Mr. Swan, March 10, 2008

    Thank you for coming to speak to us on the screen at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. It was so EXCITING to see you live on the screen! I love listening to you speak. I learned a lot and I will really take on what I learned. Thank you a lot and keep safe on this wonderful and exiting expedition. I promise I will keep you in touch with you.
    Rachel Bray

    Rachel Bray (James Bray's daughter) Mar 10, 2008 // 7:20 pm

  112. hi,

    My teacher, Mr L Francis has just set off to the e-base. Just wanted to wish him good luck and ask him to send our form a picture of a penguin.

    Best of luck with the stay and I hope people can learn from your experiences with renewable energy.

    Best wishes


    James Harrison Mar 10, 2008 // 4:16 pm

  113. Hey Russ,

    Just me again, hope its going ok x Nothing much changed here – we’re all upto the same stuff. Charlie was abit off colour the other day but seems to be fine now. We all miss you lots and look forward to hearing all about your trip (of a lifetime!) when you get back. Everyone is really inerested to hear what you’re all doing – Elliots nursery have made a little display! Hope to hear from you soon.

    Loads of love, Kirsty x

    Kirsty Riley Mar 10, 2008 // 4:15 pm

  114. Hi Nicky and team – just seen your video and it looks absolutely fabulous – wish we were there as the weather here is awful (storms!!)

    Hope you are enjoying yourself – will be showing the children at school this week so some of them may be sending you some messages too!

    Take care lots of love xxx

    Paula, Sean, Jack and Lauren Mar 10, 2008 // 3:24 pm

  115. Great to see you have got some good weather and having a well deserved rest.The wildlife shots were brilliant.Hope the good weather continues and everything goes ok.


    Graham lowdon Mar 10, 2008 // 2:48 pm

  116. Finally, some quality light. Ask John Luck to save some for me will you. Amazing footage of the wildlife, great stuff Kyle. It looked like a fantastic excursion and well deserved downtime for the team.
    Not long to go now. My last night at home. Flying out on Wednesday. I hope you’re ready for some visitors. Quite a few of us. Make sure the kettle’s on eh? That nifty one Robert was using in one of the earlier videos looks good.
    Take care and see you soon (note to self: take gloves off when shaking hands).

    David Lichtneker Mar 10, 2008 // 2:41 pm

  117. Hi Robert and team

    The operation and set up looks fantastic. You all look like you are still smiling which has got to be a good thing. I can’t quite believe I have watched (and enjoyed enormously) the video you made about going to the loo and having a cup of tea – you must be trying to reach an English audience. I’m busy writing the book which as you know features your good self and you are dangerously starting to sound rather heroic (so I guess I had better put a stop to that). I am really impressed with what you are doing. Keep it going…


    robin ryde Mar 10, 2008 // 2:31 pm

  118. Hello Robert Swan! This is Lucy’s mum! I remember you coming to speak to us at Emley First School, many many years ago when my oldest children were there. Never thought I would be emailing you some ….. years later with one of my younger children !! Five children later actually! Well in true motherly fashion – wrap up warm abd keep safe, especially Mr Francis who will eventually be required to return to QEGS to keep up his good work there!!!!! Best of luck in your expedition. xx Helen Metcalfe

    helen metcalfe Mar 10, 2008 // 12:41 pm

  119. Hey Russ,

    Know it’s a bit late but good luck from all of Team 29 in Thornaby. Hope you don’t get too cold :P Hope you enjoy it and make the most of it!


    Thornaby Team 29 Mar 10, 2008 // 12:36 pm

  120. hi robert swan

    just wondered maybe could you get me one of them cool 2041 hats they look so warm and snuggely!!!!

    could you e-mail me back on

    emily mappin Mar 10, 2008 // 8:47 am

  121. hi
    just wanted to say hope you the best of luck!!!! on your expadition

    emily mappin and amber balmforth Mar 10, 2008 // 8:45 am

  122. how many times do you update your video because we keep missing your new ones and also lucy metcalfe was wondering how many times do you go to the toilet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    emily mappin and amber balmforth Mar 10, 2008 // 8:14 am

  123. Russell just wanted to tell you how much i love you and miss you, can we finally be together when you come home. you told me you would have goood think about it. i hope you do because i think that your not once not twice but 3 times the lady and i love u. if u dont know about the rugby the scots took us from behind royally. jonny out ciprinani in.

    RONNIE KAY Mar 10, 2008 // 8:07 am

  124. hi guys we hope you are coping with the e-home and i hope that you are ok
    hope all your team mates are ok as well

    love emily and amber


    emily mappin and amber balmforth Mar 10, 2008 // 8:06 am

  125. hello we have watched all your videos and they are very intresting to watch
    we wish you all the very best of good luck and hope you like seeing the penguins if there are any !!!!!!! hope you are coping with the weather!!!!!!

    lucy metcalfe and laura sanderson, annabella jones and jessica wood and olivia horn Mar 10, 2008 // 8:01 am

  126. Hi Russ,

    just wondering have you got my copy of Uncle Buck I cant find it anywhere?



    bob Mar 10, 2008 // 7:59 am

  127. Hello everyone – i hope you re all having fun!!
    Special good luck wishes to Nicola Young, let us know when you ve arrived safe and sound!

    Sophie Hartfield Mar 10, 2008 // 6:36 am

  128. can we please have your autograph robert swan

    WGHS reaporters Mar 10, 2008 // 5:50 am

  129. we just watched your toilet video and we want one!!! they are so cool!!!

    Emily Mappin and WGHS Mar 10, 2008 // 5:49 am

  130. Hello everyone. We have looked at your videos and we love them. Please keep putting Video s on for us!
    We have been looking at your site because Mr Francis is our school Governor and Lola(his daughter) is in our class. We are enjoying learning about the Antarctic.
    Love from Class 1 at South Ossett Infants School

    Liz Coulthard Mar 10, 2008 // 5:11 am

  131. Hey guys from Curacao, Arthur, Diane and Jean Carlo

    I wish you and the whole 2041 team all the best on this expedition.
    Good Luck and take care.


    Melfried Mar 09, 2008 // 11:19 pm

  132. Great experience and spirit! Wish this project goes well! What you have done is deserved! The beautiful planet,she cannot bear any more hurts from human beings.

    I’ve been looking at you! Please take care!

    Good Luck!

    your friend from China P.R.

    Amy Huang Mar 09, 2008 // 9:37 am

  133. Hi Everyone,

    I’ve been following your progress avidly and I’m glad to see you now have heat and light. I get goosebumps when I think about what you’ve achieved, and the possiblities that your accomplishments now present. What you have done is an amazing feat of dedication, persistence and determination – and what a result!!

    This is my last day in the UK before I depart for Buenos Aires and I’m so looking forward to meeting you all at Bellingshausen next week.


    Joanne Cornish Mar 09, 2008 // 9:27 am

  134. Hiya team,

    It is incredible to be able to follow your adventure, and a welcome distraction from the work I am supposed to be doing (I am justifying it as research instead of studying for my tests next week ;)) It is an inspiration so I thank you all.

    Looking forward the the next challenges!

    Kyle, clovelly sends love from a hot and fairly chaotic argus day! Hope you guys are keeping warm enough!


    Kerry Mar 09, 2008 // 7:32 am

  135. Hello again, how’s the weather down there hope its not too cold. I have been looking at the message wall and see that some of my freinds are posting there messages on the site. Dev,Prav and I have been doing some reaserch on antartica creatures and the antartica its self but how come on the vidoes the land is made of mud? hope the experdition goes well good luck.

    HENRY ATKINSON Mar 09, 2008 // 4:47 am

  136. I’ve just watched the update videos…you’re all facing the challenges head on…Persistence To Success Is What Carbon Is To Steel…you’ve persisted and won …WELL DONE…thats what your expedition is all about…Never Giving Up…I’m really interested in how you’re managing your consumption of WATER…you’re surrounded by ice and water…but how much of it is usable ? Oh I nearly forgot…HAVE FUN !

    gary owen Mar 09, 2008 // 3:51 am

  137. its amazing your atchiments at the limits of the world
    i hop colaborate nex time with you guys

    greeatings from mexico city

    blanca forzan

    blanca forzan Mar 08, 2008 // 10:16 pm

  138. Greetings Team! If it’s any consolation, the weather has been wet and windy here in the UK all day today … and England lost to Scotland in the rugby!?! Sounds as if the last week has been damn hard, but good to know that Captain Swan and the team have been keeping their peckers up , so to speak.

    Marjan, the technology is brilliant and we must use some of these ideas for the first Inspire Alpine Expedition 1 for young people in June. It’s fantastic to see the wind turbines are up and the power is on. The green revolution is really happening!

    Back in Walton, UK, we have 300 children singing about Antarctica in a musical festival in two weeks time. Could you create a song to sing to them and beam it through!?! Go on! Keep smiling and remember, always look in the bright side of life. Best wishes, Richard IAE4 & 5 Dunne

    PS Jonny, you should be writing a book, not reading one! Something like ‘King George’s Wind Blows Away The Gloom’.

    Richard Dunne Mar 08, 2008 // 5:08 pm

  139. You guys are a real inspiration, I have been turning off lights everywhere (much to my other halfs annoyance when he is still in the room :) ) and I haven’t taken my car anywhere in the last two days… It makes me feel like I am doing at least a little bit. Russ and Mark, wish I could have been there with you, but you are the right guys for the job, I am so pleased for the both of you and you are doing brilliantly.

    I check the website everyday, think its brilliant btw :)

    Just one question… have any of you showered yet?? I remember going cold just at the thought of showering under a plastic bag of cold Antarctic water

    Love and congratulations to all, hope the spirits are keeping high


    clare perrett Mar 08, 2008 // 3:43 pm

  140. It is eccelent that you are making an opportunity for everyone and pointing out that if everyone just switched off their lights when they left the room we could save bags of money and not be sending lots off greenhouse gases into the air.
    Hope you all stay well and have a very good time
    please reply to my message and please include polar bears in the videos i really want to see some.
    Hope i see Mr Francis

                                        love Pawan Gupta    Mayank Gupta's mum

    Pawan Gupta Mar 08, 2008 // 2:21 pm

  141. Well done team – you’ve done a fantastic job in extremely difficult conditions. I’ve been logging on every day and the suspense of “will they have power from the turbines” has been captivating!!!!! Russ and Mark – I can’t wait to hear the full story when I see you soon, those conditions look a bit different to our training days a Didcot B but I’m sure your enthusiasm and senses of humour have helped pull you all through. Keep it up. Nicola

    Nicola Young Mar 08, 2008 // 2:11 pm

  142. Congratulations on getting power to the e-Base! Sounds like another great example of teamwork overcoming all those obstacles!

    I am sure the kids in the schools will all be extremely excited to hear from you.

    See you soon!


    Delando Hawthorne Mar 08, 2008 // 12:18 pm

  143. hi russ, (and everyone else)
    hows it going susty?? your looking hot with the ginger beard he he!!
    works boring and we’re all missing you, been checking out the website it looks like hard work…hope your managing to have a bit of fun too!
    take care of yourself,
    lynne x

    lynne wharry Mar 08, 2008 // 10:55 am

  144. Hi I’ve got a song it goes like this

    you’re chillin’ out
    stopping global warming
    good luck dudes
    I’ll be watching every day
    Don’t sit and play
    just get on with it
    thats all for now

    good luck on youre mission bye

    (P.S.what is it like in antactica)

    thomas ashley Mar 08, 2008 // 8:25 am

  145. Hi Robert,
    all the best and a lot of success for all your team and participants. Inspire, lead and innovate and show the world that it can be done. And finally come back home safe!
    Kind regards

    Jan Verlaan Mar 08, 2008 // 5:03 am

  146. This is compelling stuff. It’s fascinating to follow your highs and lows, triumphs and hardships. There’s obviously an outflow of support willing you on and if these messages help to keep you motivated and encouraged during the long, cold days and nights, then we’ll keep them coming.
    We at Akzo Nobel are also doing our best to help spread the message and the 12 of us can’t wait to join you at the E-base in just over a week. If you could just do something about the weather……..

    David Lichtneker Mar 08, 2008 // 4:47 am

  147. Hello, to all of you at the E- Base I am following all the teams progress and watching the latest videos. I have a twin brother called Prav. I am reading books about Antartica and all the underwater creatures for example Emporor Penguins on the Internet.Good luck on your expedition

    Dev Hamal Mar 08, 2008 // 4:17 am

  148. Hello to all of you down at the E~base, I have been keeping track with all your videos and information and well done for getting the wind generates up.What is the temperature down there.I am looking faward to see Mr Francis(one of our teachers) there on Tuesday.

    Prav Hamal Mar 08, 2008 // 3:05 am

  149. :o)

    Pete Forest Mar 08, 2008 // 2:47 am

  150. My classes have become quite hooked on your daily updates. They have become a little ritual at the start of lesson. I hope you are now enjoying the warmth and light. See you all soon.

    luke Mar 08, 2008 // 1:48 am

  151. Hey Robert

    It’s great to see you guys finally got the turbine up i was worried
    Well where leaving in just 3 days to go meet up with you guys soon

    Marjan it was great hearing you say Curacao , where such a small island i mean 444 square kilometers only

    it’s just great what you guys are doing i mean i love it
    if you can live there with renewable energy you can anywhere

    Keep the good work up
    see you soon

    Jean-Carlo Alves da Silva Mar 07, 2008 // 9:12 pm

  152. Hi all!

    It’s Lauren with IAE2008…congratulations on all of your accomplishments thus far! I am so excited to meet you all and experience the E-base firsthand next week!

    See you soon!

    Lauren Wylie Mar 07, 2008 // 8:30 pm

  153. Hey John,

    Just saw the last video. Glad to se you finally got enough light to read that book. Keep up the good work and the whole family wishes you all the best.

    We’ll be in touch.

    The Argentinian gang from Albrecht Circle.

    Richard Mar 07, 2008 // 6:07 pm

  154. Kyle – Nicely shot & edited “Make or Break” especially the ‘lights up’ sequence really looking nice on this side – Bloody tough to do in that environment – you legend!. Johnny & Rob – We’re loving those pieces to camera it’s giving real texture to the message – fantastic – more! AG

    Ashley Gualter Mar 07, 2008 // 5:30 pm

  155. Hya Russ,
    Just been watching some of the videos, you’re like a real sparky now! I suppose in the middle of the cold and rain and mud it might be easy to forget where you actually are….. ANTARCTICA! amazing! Well done mate, chance of a life time.

    You managing to get any news on the 6 nations? We lost against Wales at home but beat Italy in Rome and hammered France in Paris so not too bad! Scotland next.

    Ditchy Mar 07, 2008 // 4:45 pm

  156. Hi to all you down at the E-base I have been keeping track on your vidioes and updates and its good to see you got the E-home up, but just how cold is it down in the antartica? Up here it has been quite warm over the past few days. hope the experdition goes well and I am looking forward to seeing Mr Francis (one of are teachers) down there.

    Henry Atkinson Mar 07, 2008 // 3:25 pm

  157. Hello Marjan(zinha)! This looks like an incredible project!! I look forward to
    catching up when you get back. I’ll save a table at the bistro….



    p.s. Can you bring back a penguin for me???

    Laura Baker Mar 07, 2008 // 2:59 pm

  158. Hi Guys,

    We are about ready to leave for Ushuaia by now to meet you all in a bit more than week from now.
    Keep up the spirit and don’t loose faith! You’re doing a great job!!
    I’m sure the mission’s balance will end up in the right way…your way!

    See you at Bellingshausen soon! Cheers, Frank

    Frank Bakkeren Mar 07, 2008 // 2:26 pm

  159. i know robert is very experienced, but he has tried very hard to do this so i congratulate him on this.
    I am also part of another letter (5C QEGS).
    i know you are trying to reduce greenhouse gasses by doing this expedition but half the point of the trip is to just have fun!
    please please show me some penguins on the vidios because penguins are one of the best creatures in antarctica.

                                                                           lots of luck
                                                                                       Mayank Gupta
                                                                                                   5C 10 years old

    mayank gupta (QEGS) Mar 07, 2008 // 1:24 pm

  160. Is it all working okay and the turbine all fixed?
    A big hello from Harry at st sebastians school great gonerby.

    Harry Mattison Mar 07, 2008 // 12:18 pm

  161. hi russ hope your having fun in antartica i can’t wait until you come back elliot was talking about it.How long ago did you leave home for antartica.What day did you leave.What day will you come back.

                lots of love joe and jack bye

    joe and jack Mar 07, 2008 // 11:37 am

  162. Hi team,

    Great to see you got the wind turbine up and working. You have all done so well and everyone is supporting you back home and trying to spread the word so everyone can see what a great thing you are doing.


    Julz (npower) Mar 07, 2008 // 11:37 am

  163. hi russ.good to see you working hard out there,i see kirstys got your jobs lined up for when you get home,so don’t think your going to get a rest when you get back.hope you have a good time out there & enjoy the adventure.see you when you get home. lucy philip joe & jack.

    lucy,philip,joe &jack Mar 07, 2008 // 11:25 am

  164. Hi Robert
    Congratulations to you and the team on your achievements so far. Inspiring stuff. Our plans mature – Great training just complete in Chamonix and Greenland (Milne Land) for the final dress rehearsal mid April. £150k in the bank and still rising.. Best wishes and see you in June. Henry Worsley

    Henry Worsley Mar 07, 2008 // 9:37 am

  165. Hi Mark

    Hope all is going well? It all sounds so exciting and I’m keeping track on your progress. I heard you saw Penguins, arrrh, fantastic!!!

    Wishing you and the team every success in the challenge, I know you’ll do a great job.

    There is a well deserved Mojito waiting for you in the Dial when you visit Burton.

    All the best to you and the team, take care for now.

    Donna and the npower hometeam in Burton.

    Donna Underhill Mar 07, 2008 // 5:03 am

  166. Hi Rob,

    Love the daily updates and especially the short films – really interesting and good fun! Best bit was the seagull’s flying performance during the interview on the 06th…

    You got a great team down there – good luck with everything, can’t wait to read and view more reports.

    Alex S.

    Alex Sacker Mar 07, 2008 // 4:18 am

  167. We really enjoy watching what you are upto. It looks like alot of hard work!We all feel really lucky to have so many things here,like water and electricity! Hope the weather is being good to you. From class 8.
    P.S What is an E base?

    Bewley Junior school Mar 07, 2008 // 3:25 am

  168. Hi Robert dear friend..”CONGRATULATIONS to the team in GETTING THE WIND GENERATOR UP AND RUNNING BRILLIANT!!!! What a slog but you did it !!!
    Have been following your steps and remembering my own amazingly experience of a life time down there with you Robert thanks to you.
    I am sure moral is now back to peak and that you can get on with what you went down there for…again congratulations on keeping your deadline as usual in getting E-Base up and running to plan!!!!

    Good to see Kyle is still in touch good man.

    Be well and my very best wishes to you Robert and the whole team

    From a very hot Western Cape and no wind its a bloody miracle….

    Nigel Holman Mar 07, 2008 // 2:34 am

  169. Hi Team,

    So sorry the weather has been bad. Keep up your spirts and you’ll make it through. It never easy going with solar and wind power at first, but once its set up, it works amazingly. Can’t wait to join you 8 days…

    Best of luck to you all!


    p.s. Thanks for the weather update, going to pack more rain gear.

    Alex Trapp Mar 06, 2008 // 7:03 pm

  170. Hi Everyone – Can’t believe its been a year already! What progress you have made! I am so chuffed for you getting this far. Just to let you know I’m thinking of you and will be following you every step of the way – I’ve even got th eco group at school tuned in!! All the best for this years challenge – I hope it proves to be fruitful. Im still pushing my weight around and promoting 2041 here! Love and best wishes – take care
    Joanne (IAE 5)

    Joanne Hopkins Mar 06, 2008 // 3:09 pm

  171. Hi Russ and the rest of the team.Great to see you have the wind turbine up.Glad to see you didnt need planning permission!.It is brilliant to watch your progress.Elliots school have been keeping up to date which is great.Good luck to you all and heres hoping what you are doing will educate people to the problems the planet is experiencing.Russ,proud of you mate.


    Graham and Hazel Lowdon Mar 06, 2008 // 1:13 pm

  172. hi russle hope you are ok, with all your team love jamie

    jamie birbeck Mar 06, 2008 // 11:18 am

  173. Blimey Marjan! When you said you were off to Antarctica, I just thought you meant an unfashionable part of London! This is awesome – you really are in Antarctica… loved the vid on putting up the wind turbine – the incidentals sounded a bit like the soundtrack to that movie, The Deep End, with Tilda Swinton in it.

    Anyway, I digress…

    Good luck with the trip and to your whole team – hope you packed plenty of Smog and YLT to see you through the evenings, and failing that, a guitar! in fact that reminds me – Michael Stipe once said, “There’s a band playing at the end of the world, and that band is Sonic Youth!” – I wonder if he meant Antartica…?

    Wishing you good weather, happy field research and no technical glitches, inshallah. Heaps of love, J xx

    Julian Mar 06, 2008 // 11:06 am

  174. Hi Russ and the team,

    Its great to see everything is going to plan, we know you will achieve everything you set out to do and raise awareness.

    Its good to see you and the team pulling their finger out and getting on with things ; )

    All the best

    Mel, Col and the kids

    Mel and Col Mar 06, 2008 // 11:04 am

  175. Wishing you all a fantastic trip, I am following you all again this year. I think that this is all totally awesome. My good wishes to you all from sunny Oxford. !

    "busy b " Mar 06, 2008 // 9:57 am

  176. Russ, your there pictures look great, every day we are looking at your adventures, keep safe and enjoy everything, cant wait to go to the pub when you get back and have a full rundown of things take care

    Stuart and team

    stuart richardson and team Mar 06, 2008 // 9:28 am

  177. We are enjoying seeing what the advanced team is doing. Our teacher is going to join you next week! She says that she will not be taking a bath in the lake near E-Base!! We are excited for our teacher to go to Antarctica. This is our first teacher that ever went to Antarctica!!

    love, Ms. Gediman’s second grade class (aged 7 and 8 years old).

    Wendy Gediman Mar 06, 2008 // 7:48 am

  178. Hi from Ireland!

    Special Hello for Majan!!


    Hannah Curtis Nunn Mar 06, 2008 // 3:58 am

  179. Hello everyone,
    We like watching and listening to the videos about the e-base. We are looking forward to our video chat on Skype next week and hope you can get it to work. Is Robert Swan using his Ashwood School mug to drink his tea and coffee?
    We hope you are enjoying staying at the e-base

    Ashwood School students Mar 05, 2008 // 11:16 pm

  180. Great job getting everything set up! Best of Luck with everything and look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!


    Delando Hawthorne Mar 05, 2008 // 9:46 pm

  181. Hi, team,

    Greetings from Ushuaia! It looks like you´re having fun down there, and we can´t wait to see you. Meanwhile, we´ll forllow your progress from the mini Internet cafe at Cap polonio.

    See you soon,

    Knut & Trond.

    Knut Roberstad Mar 05, 2008 // 5:32 pm

  182. hi big lad just take care and come back AGM not same but roy ends unisons best

    mike pearce Mar 05, 2008 // 3:45 pm

  183. Hi Russ – and the rest of the team, hope everything is going well so far. Its good being able to follow what you’re upto each day – i have been checking out the website daily!

    Its fab what you’re all doing out there and hopefully it will inspire people to actually do more at home – not just think about it!

    Russ i miss you lots and so do the boys – have you completed the challenge you set for yourself before you left?! I’m sure they’re all wondering what it was now!

    Take care and enjoy yourselves,

    Love Kirsty x x x

    Kirsty Riley Mar 05, 2008 // 1:45 pm

  184. hi guys,

    hope the trip to antarctica goes well.


    james harrison Mar 05, 2008 // 8:44 am

  185. Hi Mark,
    Enjoying watching you and the team.Glad you have got your “5 star” accommodation up and running.We will watch each day to see developments.
    All the best

    martyn wathey Mar 05, 2008 // 6:55 am

  186. Great Work Guys..

    Good Luck…

    Izaak Tanna
    Change The World Films

    Izaak Tanna Mar 05, 2008 // 4:42 am

  187. Hello to all of you down at the E-base. We are all looking forward to seeing Mr Francis (one of our teachers) join you. As a class we shall try any follow your progress and put some ideas about climate change into operation in our own lives.

    5C QEGS Wakefield Mar 05, 2008 // 3:13 am

  188. E-base team, great to see you back in the Antarctic “doing something”. Again. Inspiration is a renewable resource. All the best on your expedition. Stay warm.

    Mark and IMSA team

    Mark Olsthoorn Mar 05, 2008 // 2:49 am

  189. heya kylo…happy to know you arrived safe n all!!! much love from home…keep warm…and hope you find a cozy spot for the remainder of your trip…have fun…tee hee…

    xxx robs+jonah and lola

    Robyn Mar 05, 2008 // 2:33 am

  190. Hello from Hong Kong!

    I understand you’ll be visiting here at the end of March, Mr. Swan. I look forward to your talk on sustainability at the Asian Investment Conference and will be following you here these next two weeks — I hope they’ll be smooth ones for you and your crew!

    David Mar 05, 2008 // 2:02 am

  191. Best of luck IAE 2008!!
    Hopefully you’ll survive without the extended Aussie crew this year……
    With regards to chocolate – as long as 3 mats doesn’t stow away this year, you should survive.
    Will be following it all (via this fantastic website – great work) from the comfort of Sunny Sydney – and wishing I was back down there every day!

    Richard Plumpton Mar 05, 2008 // 12:25 am

  192. All the best to all and good luck.

    Marjan, you make me very proud !

    Shahla Shirzad Mar 04, 2008 // 10:36 am

  193. Hi Rob, Johnny & Kyle! – Hope you’re still sharing the chocie biscuits and freshening the socks outside over night. You have a good looking bunch heading your way this year, well done Rob!. Coldest summer in Sydney since 1952, drought areas now in flood the place is going crazy! Will continue to follow your progress with interest. Websites are better than ever, congrats’ and all the best. AG
    p.s. will send chocolate backup with Sheena

    Ashley Gualter Mar 04, 2008 // 7:16 am

  194. Hi Robert, wishing you and your team all the best, lots of sun and wind. Can hardly wait to meet you all in two weeks time. It is reassuring to see that the temperature down there is not so bad at the moment!!!!!

    Sunny and warm greetings from Curacao,

    Diane Copini-Rigaud, Amigu di Tera, Friends of the Earth Curacao

    Michael also sends his regards

    Diane Copini - Rigaud Mar 03, 2008 // 8:11 pm

  195. Hi Rob, Alejo and the Ebase Gang. So cool to see your photos, postings and video snippets. Great live story -yes no one said it would be easy Rob! In the last two days of countdown before heading to Ushuaia. Really look fwd to sailing round the corner into Maxwell Bay with the whole IAE6 Team and seeing you all in that plucky little red Ebase. Hope it all goes smoothly and the chocolate lasts, Cheeeers Peter

    Peter Malcolm Mar 03, 2008 // 8:07 pm

  196. Your expedition brings back my fondest of memories.
    Thinking of you all………

    Peter Zara Mar 03, 2008 // 5:04 pm

  197. Ahoy Kyle (porch)

    Hope the dutch are keeping you warm… bring us back some ICE before its gone man!!!! Better have a swim for those not as fortunate to be there, want photos!!!! Spotted Lola on your duvet the other day…cozy.

    All the best from HOT HOT HOT SA.

    Kyle Mar 03, 2008 // 1:51 pm

  198. Pleased to know you all arrived safely – hope you soon get the turbines working.
    We’re all rooting for you here at school and wishing you well.

    A special hello to Mark

    Karen (Mark’s Mum)

    Karen Nicol Mar 03, 2008 // 8:21 am

  199. Russell, Mark and the rest of the team!

    Wow so you’re now really there… how very EXCITING!!!!!!!

    I hope that the trip is extremely successful and that all have a fantastic time bringing awareness to people across the globe about: the importance of the year 2041, why the Antarctica is such an important place to us all and the potential of renewable energy!

    Mark & Russell – I am very proud to work for npower in knowing that together with 2041 we have been able to give you both such a challenging and worthwhile opportunity. I am positive that all of your training will pay off and I look forward to hearing all of your successes, as you both deserve to be there!

    All – if anyone needs a laugh.. Rumour has it that Russell can utilise two 5 pence pieces and his nostrils in quite a humorous way!!!

    I will be watching throughout! Take care and best wishes,

    Louise ;)

    Louise Casey (npower) Mar 03, 2008 // 6:13 am

  200. Hi Robert, Kyle, Johm, Nicky, Marjan and the rest of the team,

    I am so proud of you.What you are doing should be send to all corporations as an example.It should be boradcasted globally!I will spread the word here in the Middle East, which I hope you will take as the next target market.

    With all my love, Antoaneta

    Antoaneta Popova Mar 03, 2008 // 6:10 am

  201. All of my school is enjoying watching you on your expedition GOOD LUCK!!

    Rhiann O'Malley Mar 03, 2008 // 4:51 am

  202. Hi everyone!
    It’s been great to read what you’ve been up to. Hope the next couple of weeks go well – really looking forward to joining you there soon!!!

    Joanne Cornish Mar 02, 2008 // 10:37 pm

  203. Wauw!! Well done and all the best in the next two weeks! I look forward to seeing you all at Bellingshausen in a fortnight. Frank

    Frank Mar 02, 2008 // 3:47 pm

  204. Hi, web is finally launched so we can finally see what you guys are upto, and by the looks of it you are in for one hell of a ride.

    Looking good Russ, mind the wind doesn’t catch that beared of yours though.

    have fun, work hard, be safe.

    Kitchen still needs grouting so hurry back soon.

    All our love Al, Hel, and Colin

    Al Schofield Mar 02, 2008 // 12:41 pm

  205. Hi Team great to see you arrived safely.Good luck Russ will be following everything on the internet.Look forward to hearing everything when you get back.

    Graham and Hazel Lowdon Mar 02, 2008 // 9:07 am

  206. Hope you all had a good crossing and can’t wait to start posting the first messages from the E-Base. All the pupils at school are really excited.

    Good luck to you all, it’s going to be fantastic.

    Jamie Mar 02, 2008 // 3:40 am

  207. Hope the crossing went well. Can’t wait to see and hear how you are getting on at the E-Base – Good Luck.

    Nicola Young Mar 02, 2008 // 3:26 am

  208. Hi,
    Hope you’ve all had a safe journey and all goes well. Look forward to following the updates and progress! Me and the boys miss you Russ x
    Take care and all the best everyone x

    Kirsty Riley Mar 01, 2008 // 3:54 pm

  209. Dear Robert,
    we wish you and your team all the best for the trip and for the time at the E-Base and are really looking forward to meeting you down there in a bit more than two weeks.
    Andreas and the whole team from Coca-Cola Europe

    Andreas Kadi Feb 29, 2008 // 4:01 pm

  210. All the best, thinking of you all and the challenges ahead, good luck.

    Although I am missing my coffee breaks with Mark


    Clare Perrett Feb 29, 2008 // 10:30 am

  211. Good luck and a safe arrival – hopefully the sun will shine and the wind will blow….

    Suzanne Forest Feb 29, 2008 // 3:42 am

  212. Well done team. Sailing to Antarctica during the International Polar Year; what memories you’ll have!

    Right with you all.

    Pete Forest Feb 29, 2008 // 2:36 am

  213. Good luck to the advanced team and hope the Drake wasn’t too inhospitable. Naturally we’ll all be expecting slippers by the fire and a piping hot mug of cocoa when the rest of us arrive in a couple of weeks.

    David Lichtneker Feb 29, 2008 // 1:35 am

  214. Good Luck, I’ve got all my classes watching you guys. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon. Take care.

    Luke Feb 28, 2008 // 2:24 pm

  215. All the very best of luck guys. What you are doing is really awesome and we are all totally behind you all the way.

    Julz Feb 28, 2008 // 12:36 pm

  216. Have a safe passage, look forward to following the teams progress over the next three weeks. Hope everything goes to plan. Nicky’s Dad – John

    John Wootton Feb 28, 2008 // 11:35 am

  217. Great web site and introduction video by Robert! Best of luck during your voyage! I can’t wait to have the live chat in 10 days to hear how things are going. I am really looking forward to hearing about living in the E-Base when I arrive to meet up with the team!!!

    James Bray Feb 28, 2008 // 11:33 am

  218. GO EBGL TEAM!! I think that you’ve literally just set off from Ushuaia as I write this, so all the best of luck. We’ll hold down the fort here and keep spreading the word of the incredible work you all are doing.

    John Wells Feb 28, 2008 // 11:06 am

  219. Wow web team! This is great!

    kyle Feb 27, 2008 // 2:10 pm

  220. Hey Guys,

    Best of luck on the expedition, we’ll be tuning into you guys every day!


    Ciara Feb 27, 2008 // 8:15 am

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