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New Year’s Eve South Pole Style

Sunday, December 30th, 2001
Homer's invitation. Even Matt Groening thought it is funny to celebrate two days early.

At the South Pole we are used to the fact that we can celebrate New Year as the first people in the world, and that we can celebrate 24 hours. But this year we beat the crowds by two days!

Most holidays at the Pole are moved to a Saturday to get as many workdays out of a summer season as possible. Most of us don’t have a problem with this, but this year somebody thought he was really smart and moved the one and only holiday that should not be moved: New Year’s Day. Talk about pushing a bit too hard …

Well, a party is a party and we had a good crowd in the garage for the New Year’s Eve celebration on December 29. With live music by the South Pole all time favorites Thunderjug and The Jugettes everybody had a good time. Later that night Gary Glitter made a special appearance for one song only.

At midnight we had the usual countdown and people would greet each other with “Happy 30th December”. I’m sure there will be another party on December 31 …

NewYear's Eve Party: Dance like crazy.
South Pole Dance Shoes The Jugettes Gary Glitter and one of his devoted fans.
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A Photographic Journey to The Pole

Tuesday, December 4th, 2001

After only 3 weeks off The Ice I found myself once again on a flight to the South Pole. However, this one was a bit special. I was invited to the cockpit for most part of the flight, including the landing at the South Pole. This was a great opportunity to take some pictures.

To The Pole: A photographic journey to the South Pole.
Climbing aboard a RNZAF Hercules. A look into the cockpit. Approaching the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station.
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