This week at the station

This week at Casey: 26 April 2013

Bond, James Bond

After a few weeks of Thursday night drawing sessions featuring charcoal portraits, we tried to reverse course a small bit at Casey this week and let life imitate art for a change. The 50th Anniversary of the Bond film franchise offered us just this opportunity. From Friday night to Monday, "The Odeon" (the small cinema at Casey) continuously played James Bond movies from all five decades.

Having never seen a James Bond movie before, I was surprised to see Roger Moore battling both on skis and later in cars. The fight continued on motorbikes down snowy mountains. Into the water they took this struggle, where angry sharks eventually helped decide a winner. While it was a refreshing change of pace from a 20 hour documentary about the coast of the United Kingdom (yawn), it was clear midway through our first film that we at Casey would have some trouble replicating or even trying to imitate James Bond and his mischief. This challenge though was met head on by most everyone on station, and Saturday night would arrive with a Bond party for the ages!

We had Bond ‘girls’. We had Aaron at the Roulette table, throwing out one-liners like he’d been lining Casino pockets since puberty. Andy was dealing Blackjack in a way that can only be described as unorthodox but still heaps fun. Scotty put together an array of finger foods that Jay Gatsby would have been proud of. Ben (young Swayze) was mixing up cocktails like somebody might tip him, everything from the Bond’s shaken Martinis to Mango daiquiris.

A few of the characters even made an appearance. Most of us tried our hand at being the hometown hero, none other than James Bond himself. Then there was Abrar as “Q”, Lee as Baron Samedi and Scotty as Blofeld. Michael S put his Asian twist on James Bond while Leon put a very masculine twist on SPECTRE agent Fiona Volpe. Ben H required a single wardrobe change to go from Bond girl to Bond because, and I quote, “these high heels are killing me.” His shaved legs may take slightly longer to return to normal.

We gambled (fake money of course) poker chips that could be used for an auction later this year. We ate, we drank and we were merry. James Bond killed the bad guy AND got the girl. Ben H closed up the bar and we settled in for the night. It was the end of another Saturday night celebration, another week on station and 50 years of Bond movie glory. What will we get up to next? I guess you’ll have to stay tuned!

Chad S

Aaron in a suit holding a toy gun
Aaron in a classic Bond pose complete with toy gun
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Aaron in a classic Bond Martini pose, Martini on hand, in a retro look photograph
Vodka Martini, shaken, not stirred
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Abrar wearing a lab coat with a Q on the breast pocket. Holding a brief case and a hat
Abrar as Q
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Allan doing a Bond Martini pose, with a Martini on hand
Allan as Bond
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
A long mirror plater of various Hors d'oeuvre
Hors d'oeuvres by Scotty
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Group shot of everyone in bond character costumes
Bond night group shot
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Lee in a Baron Samedi costume, white suit, black top hat and half black painted face
Lee as Baron Samedi
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Scotty as Blofeld, wearing a black pin strip suit with a black feather duster as a pretend cat
Scotty as Blofeld with his evil cat
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Aaron is a gun barrel Bond pose
Aaron gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Allan gun barrel Bond pose
Allan gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Andy gun barrel Bond pose
Andy gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Ben M (young Swayze) gun barrel Bond pose
Ben M (young Swayze) gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Ben H gun barrel Bond pose
Ben H as Bond now
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Chad gun barrel Bond pose
Chad gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Jeremy gun barrel Bond pose
Jeremy gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Jukka gun barrel Bond pose
Jukka gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Lee gun barrel Bond pose
Lee aka Baron Samedi gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Mark gun barrel Bond pose
Mark gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Matty gun barrel Bond pose
Viking Matty as Bond gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Mick gun barrel Bond pose
Mick gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Michael gun barrel Bond pose
Michael gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Tim gun barrel Bond pose
Tim gun barrel Bond pose
(Photo: Michael Salinas)

Search and Rescue training

This week we had a short search and rescue (SAR) training session. First we packed for some sea ice drilling to measure thickness and a refresher on utilising the float rescue pod.

We headed towards Shirley Island, which is not far from station, travelling on Hagglunds including two quad bikes that followed closely. When we arrived it wasn’t long to successfully operate the floating rescue pod and called it a day before the impending weather approached.

Mick W.

Two Hagglunds with SAR team unpacking gear
Start of SAR training with most of SAR team, unpacking to go…
(Photo: Mick Williams)
White snowy terrain and sea ice with low dark grey clouds
Looking out to where we are going on sea ice
(Photo: Mick Williams)
Two quad bikes on snowy terrain
SAR quads ready for action
(Photo: Mick Williams)
Andy posing behind a Hagglund
Our illustrious SAR leader
(Photo: Mick Williams)
Three SAR member posing around the floating pod
On the sea ice with pod, drilling sea ice for depth as…
(Photo: Mick Williams)
SAR member on the floating pod. A trail from the pods floats on the snow
Starting out with the pod, Andy drilling as he goes
(Photo: Mick Williams)
Matty using the pod with a pretend patient
Matty having a turn on pod, this time with a patient
(Photo: Mick Williams)
Visibility and suface definition reduced by incoming snow with a few SAR member approaching from a distant
Weather closing in, time to pack up a good day of search…
(Photo: Mick Williams)

Picture gallery of the week

This week's picture gallery features photos taken by Jukka Phironen.

A319 leaving McMurdo in front of Mt Erbus
A319 leaving McMurdo in front of Mt Erebus
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
Eyres Bay with Vanderford Glacier in the background
Eyres Bay with Vanderford Glacier in the background
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
Icebergs in Newcomb Bay, Casey, sea ice in the foreground
Icebergs in Newcomb Bay, Casey
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
Remains of a tractor nearly covered with snow and Wilkes Hilton in the background
Remains of a tractor with Wilkes Hilton in the background
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
Sea ice breaking up
Sea ice breaking up in summer
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
A Skua sitting with a rocky background
Skua sunbathing
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
Snow Petrel sitting with a rocky foreground and a satellite dome in the background
Snow Petrel outside AARNESAT dome
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
Snow petrel siting on a rocky terrain
Snow petrel
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
Sunrise at Casey with freezing sea ice in the foreground
Sunrise at Casey
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
Weddell seal on a ice floe
Weddell seal at Brownings
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
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