Swedish Antarctic Expedition

The Swedish Antarctic Expedition was led by Otto Nordenskjöld and Carl Anton Larsen. Otto Nordenskjöld, a Swedish geologist and geographer and led a scientific expedition of the Antarctic Peninsula; the command was placed under an experienced Antarctic explorer Carl Anton Larsen, who served as the captain of the ship Antarctic, who had commanded a whaling reconnaissance mission in 1892-93. Seven other scientists along with 16 officers and men made the voyage. On October 16, 1901 the Antarctic captained by Carl Anton Larsen left Gothenburg harbor on Nordenskjold’s Antarctic expedition. Despite its end and the great hardships endured, the expedition would be considered a scientific success, with the parties having explored much of the eastern coast of Graham Land, including Cape Longing, James Ross Island, the Joinville Island group, the Palmer Archipelago; the expedition, which recovered valuable geological samples and samples of marine animals, earned Nordenskjöld lasting fame at home, but its huge cost left him in debt.

Two key Antarctic islands are associated with the expedition. The first is Snow Hill Island, where five of his colleagues spent two winters; the second is Paulet Island where the crew of the Antarctic were stranded from February 1903 until November 1903. The expedition was rescued by the Argentinian naval vessel Uruguay. On his way to Snow Hill Island in 1901, Nordenskjöld had passed through Buenos Aires, where the Argentine government gave him supplies and other assistance on the condition that he include in his wintering-over party a young Argentine naval officer, Lieutenant José Sobral; the American artist F. W. Stokes joined the expedition and spent two years with Nordenskjöld at Snow Hill Island. In 1903 the Argentine government organized a rescue effort with the corvette ARA Uruguay, which brought back all the surviving members of the Nordenskjöld party. After their ship sank, crushed by the ice about 25 miles away, the twenty men from the Antarctic landed here in their lifeboat and built a sturdy double-walled stone hut whose remains are visible today.

Apart from the limited supplies they brought from the Antarctic, they survived on the thousand or so penguins they killed, as well as the birds' eggs. Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration List of Antarctic expeditions Swedish Magellanic Expedition Antarctica. Sydney: Reader's Digest, 1985, pp. 152–159. Child, Jack. Antarctica and South American Geopolitics: Frozen Lebensraum. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1988, pp. 69, 72. Lonely Planet, Antarctica: a Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit, Oakland, CA: Lonely Planet Publications, 1996, p. 302. Stewart, Antarctica: An Encyclopedia. London: McFarland and Co. 1990. U. S. National Science Foundation, Geographic Names of the Antarctic, Fred G. Alberts, ed. Washington: NSF, 1980. Nordenskiöld, Otto Antarctica: or, Two years amongst the ice of the South Pole Antarctic Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1901 - 1904 Nordenskjöld's Antarctic Expedition Map of the area explored by the expedition 2002 revisit the sites of the 1902 Expedition

Wilford Wood House

The Wilford Wood House is located on Pleasant Hill Road just east of the New York State Thruway in the Mountainville section of Cornwall, New York, United States. It is a white Colonial Revival farmhouse built in the late 19th century, a period when most large new houses in Cornwall were being built as boardinghouses to serve those who came to the area as a summer resort; the Wood house, would be used as a boardinghouse where guests could take in the mountain air and views of the surrounding mountains. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Signs around the property indicate that it is owned by nearby Storm King Art Center, it is sided in white clapboard, with a gabled roof shingled in asphalt and pierced by two chimneys, one stone and the other brick. The cornice is bracketed. A porch with two classical columns runs the length of the western facade; the two-and-a-half-story house sits in the middle of its 2-acre lot, with views of Schunemunk Mountain to the south and the Hudson Highlands to the east.

To the west is the New York State Thruway. It is sided in white clapboard with a gabled roof covered in asphalt shingles, pierced by two chimneys, one stone and the other brick; the roofline is marked by a bracketed cornice. A small porch on the western facade is supported by two classically styled columns; the Dutch door at the entrance leads into a central hall. Oak flooring is original, but the lath and plaster walls on the first story have been covered over with drywall. An original staircase leads to the second story. More original furnishings, including fixtures for gas lamps, are up the disappearing staircase in the attic. Many of the doors in the house and their hardware are original. A three-car-garage and breezeway are connected to the house. Built they are architecturally sympathetic; the house was built around 1890 as the center of the much larger Wood farm. At that time most larger houses in Cornwall were built to serve as boardinghouses, it is a rare example of a late-19th-century farmhouse in the town, albeit used as a boardinghouse as well due to the mountain scenery.

Only two substantial exterior renovations have been undertaken. The stone chimney was added to the south end around 1930, in 1996 the garage and breezeway were added; the interior walls on the first story were covered in drywall at some point in the late 20th century


Toploader are a British alternative rock band, hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, who formed in 1997, with over two million album sales and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album, Onka's Big Moka, sold over one million units and peaked in the Top 5 of the UK Albums Chart, they are recognised most of all for their cover of King Harvest's US hit "Dancing in the Moonlight" written by Sherman Kelly, which became a global hit for the band. Their second album, Magic Hotel, reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart, their third album, Only Human, was released in 2011. Toploader's live career began playing with Coldplay and Muse in small venues across the UK, they went on to support Paul Weller, Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi, becoming the last British band to play in the original Wembley Stadium. The band had a huge hit with their first album, Onka's Big Moka, released in 2000, it debuted at number five in the UK charts. They released a second album, Magic Hotel, in 2003; the album was poorly failed to match the success of the first.

They struggled with a backlash from the UK music press and their single, "Time of My Life", could only make it into the Top 20. They would soon be dropped by their record label S2. After an extended hiatus, Toploader signed a one-album deal with Underdogs Music for their third album, released in June 2011; the album's title was Only Human, the first single from it, "Never Stop Wondering", was released on 14 March 2011. Another single, "A Balance to All Things", followed on 20 June 2011; the present band line-up contains four of the five original members: Joseph Washbourn, Dan Hipgrave, Rob Green and Matt Knight. On 28 April 2012, they performed at the University of Gloucestershire Student Union Summerball, they performed at Aberystwyth University's May Ball on 11 May 2012. In May 2012, they played at Lakefest festival, they played at the Tiree Music Festival in July 2012. During 2012 the band agreed to act as patrons for a UK-based children's charity called'Time Is Precious'. In November 2012 they performed a gig in Frome, Somerset with all proceeds going to the charity, which helps ill children and their families.

In 2013, Toploader released a new single "Turn It Around", co-written with Eg White and produced by Andrew Green. The song is included on a four-song EP. In the summer of 2013 they headlined the LeeStock Music Festival in Suffolk and the AmpRocks Festival in Bedfordshire. Current members Rob Green – drums, percussion Dan Hipgrave – guitars, backing vocals Matt Knight – bass, backing vocals Joseph Washbourn – vocals, organ, acoustic guitar Former members Julian Deane – guitars, backing vocals Official website