L. R. Denham

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Category: Exploration

Ice-bound in Antarctica

My beautiful picture

As I write this, the Akademik Shokalskiy sits trapped in heavy pack ice, near the edge of the pack-ice north of Terre Adelie, where it has been since before Christmas. Just outside the pack are the Xue Long and the Aurora Australis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Not just Robinson Crusoe

You’ve read Robinson Crusoe, haven’t you? Do you remember who wrote the book? No?

Daniel Defoe. He wrote that one book, a long time ago, and it became a Classic.

Daniel Defoe by Michael Van der Gucht 1706

That’s the general impression most people have about the man who wrote Robinson Crusoe. But it’s totally misleading. Daniel Defoe, who was born in about 1660 and died in April 1731, was probably one of the most prolific writers of his day. He wrote at least seven novels, and a total of several hundred published works of all kinds. Robinson Crusoe was his first novel, published in 1719, and may have been the first novel written and published in English. Defoe had a very colorful life, as a businessman, a convict, a spy, and a political campaigner. Read the rest of this entry »

The Early Circumnavigators

The idea of the earth being round rather than flat has been known since ancient times. Eratosthenes calculated the diameter of the earth, a few years before he became Chief Librarian of the famous library at Alexandria (Egypt), in 236BC (that’s 2,248 years ago). But it took a long time for anyone to actually try to travel all the way around the earth.

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