Thursday, 14 May 2009

Ernest Shackleton

How important is having fun? Well, it can be a matter of life and death. Of course you will be familiar with Shackleton's British Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914, where he set out to become the first man to walk across the continent.

Disaster struck when his ship Endurance, became beset in pack ice on Jan 18th and drifted for 10 months before sinking.

Shackleton orders each of the 27 men to dump all but two pounds of personal possessions. Exceptions are made for Frank Hurley's photographs and Leonard Hussey's banjo.

He allowed him to take the instrument because it was a "vital mental tonic". He also said "Loyalty comes easier to a cheerful person."

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