Alex Hibbert

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60 years ago today - extreme surgery in the Antarctic winter! #OnThisDay in 1961, Russian surgeon Leonid Rogozov had to remove his own appendix at Novolazarevskaya Station. Working mostly by feeling around, it took 1 hr 45 mins. He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor
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As has now been echoed by many, this woman @MrsSHC has no business being involved in the education of children. Parents at the school will hopefully make this clear, and a competent new head can restore sanity and proportion.…
'Complete devastation': Renowned polar bear biologist mourned after Nunavut helicopter crash | CBC News…
It's mind-blowing that the tiny population of Nunavut, and other remote northern regions of the world with limited medical facilities, weren't fully vaccinated weeks ago.…
The arrival of chickens stopped play today. I was dividing up steel bars ready to drive over to Alan's boatyard, and they came to investigate. I didn't think chickens and sparks from a grinder would mix, so allowed them to complete their assessment of the situation and move on.
There is no eye roll emoji elaborate enough for moments when TV chef judges state - 'the portion size was too large'. No.
I am so sad that Mike Collins has passed away. He inspired my whole life with his grace, humility, and amazing accomplishments - a superb man. Godspeed, Mike.
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Along with 'xxxx calls for a full independent public inquiry into xxxx' and the misuse of words disingenuous & efficacy, we have 'systemic'. Systemic xxxx. A perfect way to apportion blame to an entity you can avoid naming. No named perpetrator; no-one moved to mount a defence.
Alan has ballast. Well, the first 300kg of it anyhow. Previously employed on a chicken farm. The steel, not me. Or Alan.
Is there a prospect of an urgent public inquiry into the number of public inquiries being 'called for' in light of every potential transgression, including sneezing in a suboptimal manner?
The cesspool of elitism, privilege and institutional evil shows its true colours once again.…
A flight-proven Falcon 9 and Dragon fly four astronauts to the @Space_Station
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‘Binface is, weirdly, one of the better candidates in the whole contest’ ✍️ Nick Tyrone…
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[1/3] Are you as ready for the weekend as this sled dog resting on the sled? The photo is taken in Northeast Greenland during the 2nd Danish Peary Land Expedition in 1963.
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I miss London traffic during the era of #lockdown.
The biggest problem Richard Dawkins faces is that our religious instincts are not reducible to the question of whether God exists | @BDSixsmith…
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Aren't roads for trucks and pavements/sidewalks/parks/plazas for pedestrians?…
Painting 'before and afters' are satisfying. The orange just wasn't orange enough.
If ever there were a reminder that organisations like these often take the worst parts of religions and shoehorn in a secular worldview. People can enjoy and benefit from the alliances freely formed between independent atheist and humanist minds. 'Clubs' lead to this nonsense.…
@americnhumanist This'll teach you not to give awards to independent-minded people in the future. You never know what heresies they'll utter afterward.
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So government and police leadership, make a choice. Either the police flush through the entire park, PCNing each and every flouter, or simply leave and get back to the serious work of solving crimes and patrolling the streets. Madness through vagueness.
Running past Hyde Park just now illustrates the impossible position our police are in. 10,000+ people. A few hundred police. A cloud of weed smoke. I overheard one say 'what the **** are we supposed to do with this?' Either we're doing this rules thing, or we're not.
Greenland gets a coalition, a system of government not usually associated with making bold or rapid decisions and changes. The next few years a tug of war between one team obsessing over a self-destructive indy movement, whilst the other tries to implement more social welfare?…
Night watch - Shackleton's Endurance expedition, May 1915, returning to the safety and warmth of the ship after his rounds (identity unknown). "We take a turn at night watch every 28 days, duties include keeping the fires lit, it is rewarded by the luxury of a bath."
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Awkward for the rewilding advocates and nostalgists.…
And so it begins…as twilight gives way to the long polar night at 90°South, the first aurora australis are now visible in the darkening sky; South Pole Telescope at left, below Saturn and Jupiter; pic Martin Wolf
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Why this spectacular glacier is surging in Alaska. Image: Mark Fahnestock…
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Pubs reopening is fuelling the very real British urge to queue.
Anyone in the remote-location expedition world will know: TNT were the last mainstream company to deal with 'ugly freight' i.e. weird/awkward-shaped cargo. This is pretty much all we tend to ship! FedEx to cut jobs and integrate TNT air network in Europe…
It's not unusual for activists to wildly misjudge the politics and ambitions of the people they activist for. Whether the 'beneficiaries' ask for it or not.…
@bloody_scandal What my degree in Biological Sciences taught me is to not attribute too much weight or respect to dubious blog posts peddled by anonymous social media accounts.
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Woe betide anyone wishing to change their cant.
At the very moment that a little courage was vital, and when grown-ups needed to be in charge, these utterly insane displays of over-caution will condemn many more to die of this virus, and set back the fight against demented #antivaxxer misinformation by decades.…
... Sea Fury that had just flown past. I don't think I twigged he was speaking to us, so we just wandered off. He didn't seem in the slightest bit miffed. Not my finest hour. He did apparently knock my father off an upturned bucket with a broom handle though, whilst at sea.
My #PrincePhillip anecdote is rather shameful. I was a very small boy in the 90s and at a D-Day commemoration. Everyone (who should have been) was in uniform, including the #DofE and my dad. He wandered over and asked my similarly small friend and I about the Hurricane and...
#Onthisday 60 years ago, Yuri Gagarin flew on the Soviet Union's Vostok spacecraft and became the first human to travel into space. His flight lasted 108 minutes as he completed one orbit around the Earth. Image © ESA #InternationalDayofHumanSpaceFlight #YuriGagarin
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Regretfully, the debate is oft-conducted at such a low standard, both in honesty and cognition, that it becomes worthless. Unless those attempting a grown-up conversation have spent time familiarising with the basics, they are bound to remain metaphorical teenage delinquents.
As with many, the #FreedomOfSpeech debate lacks foundation. Everyone is free to say X, Y and Z -with varying consequences. Say X - you provoke debate. Say Y - you become a pariah or lose friends. Say Z - you end up in the dock. This is not new. Freedom has never been absolute.
Whoever (I think it was a UK politician about five years ago) thrust the word 'disingenuous' into common parlance has a lot to answer for. It's used once a minute on talk radio. 99% of the time when disingenuous isn't the word intended.
An ice-cave, from Mawson's 1911-14 expedition, Commonwealth Bay. In the foreground is recently formed "pancake-ice" formed of frozen sea water, the walls and roof are fresh-water ice, it is probably where a glacier front meets the sea taken in early winter as the sea is freezing
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I've been Stockholm Syndromed by my lockdown hair. Now I can have it cut (queues not withstanding), I'm not sure if I want to.
Images captured on the Martian surface by the Curiosity rover indicate that the planet fluctuated between arid and humid conditions in its ancient past
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A clean stern is a happy stern. Alan's ready to go from one orange to another orange.
With an increasingly anti-interventionist global norm, and Team America World Police licking its wounds, when does it become so bad that people need to....intervene? #Myanmar…
The interior of the Kamchatka Peninsula gets my vote for most likely spot to see a mammoth stroll by.
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It's reasonable that that the Greenlandic people transition to sovereignty. However, at present they would sell themselves to foreign powers who, unlike the Danish, do not mean them well. And that's regarding Greenland's geography - the c.60k people wouldn't even be noticed.…
At some point someone is going to have to decide what constitutes a hate crime and what's a silly insult that it's petty and oversensitive to get upset about.…
A lot of people out have suspiciously professional and recent-looking haircuts. Am I the only one embracing the mop and doing the rules thing? Or have 'family members' (and definitely not an underground hair cutting cartel) suddenly got very skilled with scissors?
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