Monday, January 9, 2012

A golden opportunity

See this wee ship: 

She's the Hans Hansson, a cruiser run  by Golden Fleece Expeditions who do charter expeditions to the Antarctic. The owner Dion Poncet had advertised for a semi-voluntary extra crew member for her latest trip so I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring....and I got the job!

So there we go, on Monday 16th January I'm away south for 6 weeks, South Sandwich Islands, The Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia. I'll pack my drawing stuff and see what inspires me down there in 'the freezer'

What an opportunity!


  1. Thanks, this was one of those 'once in a lifetime' opportunities, sooo looking forward to it.

  2. Wow! Of course it is an opportunity that should not be missed ... Lucky! A trip is always a source of inspiration. I wish you a good trip, full of inspiration and creativity.

  3. Happy New Year Ben,
    And what a way to start the New Year!! A Golden Opportunity, indeed! What an adventure you're in for, Ben. We'll all be waiting eagerly to see how this voyage of discovery influences your new work.
    Be careful out there.

  4. Ben a great adventure. I can hardly wait to see the art that you do on this trip. I know how you like Van Gogh and wanted to pass this site on to you...a interview with the two authors of the new biography on Van Gogh's life. Enjoy if you have not already seen it. Betsy

  5. Wow that is SO very exciting Ben! Have a great time and let us know how it's going if you can.

  6. British GO HOME!!

    Las Malvinas son ARGENTINAS!

  7. I'm back! great time, hard work though. Loads of inspiration.

    the Falkland Islands is home for us pancho. Get used to it.

  8. Good morning how are you?
    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.
    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.
    For all this I would ask you one small favour:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Falkland Islands? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Falkland Islands in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:
    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28903 Getafe (Madrid)
    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.
    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez

  9. No problem Emilio, I'll post you a letter with a selection of our current issue of stamps on it. If you're interested in first day covers and such then here's a couple of links that might be of useful:

    I like your blog. Interesting to see so many stamps from different places.