This week at the station

This week at Casey: 22 March 2013

Casey Olympics

The main events

  • Shanghai darts
  • pool
  • table tennis

The Teams

“Magic Spot” Mark J. and Mick W.
“Sizzlers” Steve and Jeremy
“The ‘A’ Team” Aaron and Allan
“Bananas in Pyjamas” Ben M. and Ben H.
“Dickie Knee” Chad and Gavin
“The Storm Petrels” Lee and Scotty
“The ‘C’ Leopards” Leon and Tim
“The Bra Boys” Abrar and Andy
“The Twins” Michael and Matty

The "Casey Olympics" opening ceremony was not held in a massive stadium like the “birds nest” in Beijing, awe to modern architecture. Rather, it took place in the humble “Red Shed”, awe to modern Adelie penguins. The ceremony didn’t have impressive fireworks or light shows, just a simple disco ball glittering over the Wallow. Clearly, the Casey Olympics opening ceremony couldn’t have 14 000 performers. Instead there were the Storm Petrel team, dressed in matching blond mullet wigs and Weetbix sponsored cricket vests, dancing to “Eye of the Tiger.” And we can’t forget Gavin as Wilfred the Dog and Leon as a time-traveler from the 80s, disappointed by the progression of men’s fashion from happy pants to skinny jeans. Nevertheless, it was just as spectacular as the Beijing or London Olympics games.

With inspirational music like “We are the Champions” by Queen blasting over the speakers, everyone was amped for the upcoming events. Magic Spot, Sizzlers and The 'A' Team fought for their division’s top spot in darts. Allan, our station leader, was still experimenting with many throwing techniques mere hours before the event but could he master the Shang darts? To tell the truth, I can't remember. I was too occupied with my team, The Twins, busy dominating the table tennis event to actually notice. With Matty’s towering reach, my finesse, and the occasional show of agility, we demonstrated the art of winning. The Twins had consecutive wins against the ‘C’ Leopards and the Bra Boys. How did the incredible Twins do at pool and darts you ask? Uhh… “No comment!”

The impressive performance from the Storm Petrels in the opening ceremony did intimidate, and sent shivers down the spine of, the opposing teams. But their swagger was no match for the legitimate skills of Bananas in Pajamas, aka “team” Ben M. The Petrels did some entertaining but “bring it” they did not.

The event was a success, with great sportsmanship and friendly competition. The finals will be held next week to crown champions of darts, pool and table tennis. For sure The Twins have table tennis in the bag. Will it be as spectacular and spellbinding? We shall see!

Michael S

Gavin dress at Wilfred the dog and smiling for the camera
Gavin as Wilfred the dog
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Gavin dressed as Wilfred the dog playing pool
Wilfred playing pool
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Lee, dressed in a blond mullet wig flipping a coin to decide which team to break in pool
Flipping to break
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Ben in a low angle shot lining up pool cue and ball
Ben lining up the shot
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Scotty still wearing the mullet wig lining up for the shot in pool
Scotty taking the shot
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Leon with long curly blond wig wearing clothes popular in the 80's
Leon dressing up for the occasion
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Leon and Tim playing against Michael and Matty in match of table tennis
The C Leopards vs The Twins
(Photo: Aaron McKechnie)
Abrar and Andy playing table tennis, Abrar about to hit the ball
The Bra Boys
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
A close up of Mick throwing a dart with Allan in the background
Mick playing darts
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Allan the station leader throwing a dart with a number of spectators in the background
Allan's throwing technique
(Photo: Michael Salinas)

Visiting Browning and Vanderford Glacier

A party of four consisting of Tim - our trip leader, Doug, Ben M and Abrar, visited the rugged Browning peninsula and the Vanderford Glacier. Browning peninsula lays approximately 60 kilometres south of Casey station and is one of the world’s largest glaciers when measured across, the Vanderford and Patterson. Vanderford Glacier is about eight kilometres wide flowing northwest into the southeast side of Vincennes Bay, slightly south of the Windmill Islands. It was named after Benjamin Vanderford, pilot of the sloop of war Vincennes of the United States Exploring Expedition under Captain Wilkes, 1838-42.

Browning has some spectacular wildlife, elephant seals, Weddell seals and penguin rookeries, majestic views of the southern ocean, glaciers and bone chilling temperatures. It is also well known for strong southeasterly wind.

Picture of a green Hagglund on snow covered terrain
Hagglund ride to Browning
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
Picture of snow covered terrain with a few rocky peaks in the background.
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
View overlooking the Vanderford Glacier on a high point, with rocky foreground
Overlooking Vanderford Glacier
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
Vanderford Glacier meeting the ocean with rocky foreground
More Vanaderford Glacier
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
A Weddell seal lying on pancake sea ice
Weddell seal in pancake sea ice
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
A number of male Elephant seals huddled together in between large rocks
Elephant seal resting
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
A zoomed in close up of a Weddell seal up
A zoomed close up of a Weddell seal pup
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
Elephant seal with his mouth wide open
Elephant seal
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)

Matty's corner

As the days get shorter, it seems winter is coming. This week everyone has been getting to work and also doing P90X, a fitness and workout program. A number of us have been travelling down to Browning to see, and smell, the elephant seals before they leave. Today the water in the bay seems to have the colour of grey, a sign that it has started to freeze.

Poem for the week:

As the sea beneath, freezes on top
The ice that I see, there is quite a lot,
This tells me there is, more cold to come,
Winter 2013, this is the one!

See it's been winter here, every year now,
Brave the chill we must, and put our hands to the plow (snow)
We are here in Antarctica representing our nation,
Preserving the frozen world around us, we are Casey station.

Matt W

Glacier cliffs meeting the ocean with a tinge of pink from the setting sun
Vanderford Glacier from the hill near Browning Hut
(Photo: Matt Wittington)
Close up of an elephant seal
Elephant seal looking up and back at the same time
(Photo: Matt Wittington)
Sunset over the ocean, an iceberg in the distance. Different shads of red and pink
Can't be put into words
(Photo: Matt Wittington)
Ben and Tim on the floor with pieces of wood to make up a bench top
Ben and Tim making a bench top for the hobby hut
(Photo: Matt Wittington)
Matt and Mick installing a red crane on a large yellow Challenger truck
Matt and Mick installing a crane on the Challenger. 360lb/in
(Photo: Matt Wittington)
Completed installed crane on the Challenger
The finished product
(Photo: Matt Wittington)
Testing out the crane installed on the Challenger. Crane fully extended reaching the sky
Commissioning the FASSI long reach
(Photo: Matt Wittington)
Matt with a large transmission that has been stripped down
Since K7 decided to neither go forward or backwards, we replace the…
(Photo: Matt Wittington)
Mark filling up a 1000 litre tank with water
Mark filling the workshop pod with water
(Photo: Matt Wittington)
A group doing CPR on a dummy, while the other watch and observe
Dr. Chad ran the Diesos through some basic first aid just to…
(Photo: Matt Wittington)
Matt chopping pumpkin in the kitchen
Special Monday roast, the Diesos' dinner. Thanks to Tim for helping
(Photo: Matt Wittington)

Picture gallery of the week

This week's picture gallery features photos taken by Tim New. 

A close up of a penguins webbed feet
Penguin webbed feet
(Photo: Tim New)
Close up shot of an Adelie penguin
Close up
(Photo: Tim New)
A full body shot of an Adelie penguin with his wings spread and small ice floe in the background
(Photo: Tim New)
A shot over looking O'Briens Bay with a large ice cliff in the background and two people setting up gear in the foreground
O'Brien Bay
(Photo: Tim New)
A sunset shot with low stratocumulus clouds in the middle of the frame, dividing the blue and orange colour of the sunsetting sky
Cloudy sunset
(Photo: Time New)
A Adelie penguin diving out of the water
Flying penguin
(Photo: Tim New)
A skua sitting on a rocky hill with a memorial cross in the background
(Photo: Tim New)
An elephant seal facing the ocean on the edge of a small rock cliff
Elephant seal
(Photo: Tim New)
A close up of a Weddell seal
Weddell seal
(Photo: Tim New)
A snowy terrain with a few rocky peaks and a green hagglund in the foreground
The lonely green Hagglund
(Photo: Tim New)