This week at the station

This week at Casey: 13 September 2013

Yearbook group pictures

The winter crew season is slowly drawing to an end and it’s that time of the year where all the pictures and stories come together for the station yearbook. Here are some of the group photos looking back on our year here at Casey. 

Midwinter group picture
Midwinter
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Funny group picture during Mid winters dinner
Funny midwinter shot
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Fire team group picture with the red fire Hagg in the background
Fire team
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Search and rescue team group picture with the SAR hagg and Quad bikes
Search and rescue team
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Group picture outside in front of the Casey sign with a short message for Cate
Special request for Cate
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Group picture in front of the Casey sign for a marriage proposal
Special request Marriage Proposal
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
James Bond group picture
James Bond night
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Game of Thrones group picture with everyone dress up in medieval costumes
Game of Thrones night
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
A group picture in the mess with everyone in a zombie outfit
Zombie night
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Winter group picture outside in front of a blizzard drift
Winter group picture
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
The Met. Crew group picture
Meteorological crew
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Medical crew picture in the sick bay
Medical crew
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
The Brew team in the brewery
Brew team
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Swole group picture in the gym
Swole group
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Early season Swole Group picture in the Gym
Early Swole group
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
P90X group picture in the gym holding weights and flexing their muscles
P90X group 1
(Photo: Michael Salinas)

Jamaica! Ya, mon!

Last Saturday night, Casey station hosted a Jamaican theme party. Once again Scotty made a significant contribution to the success of the evening with treats like goat curry, jerk chicken and a pineapple upside down cake.

Tables were decorated with cricket bats, bongo drums and palm trees. Pictures of famous Jamaicans were liberally distributed around the dining hall. Bob Marley and Shaggy reggae tunes filled the air.

All those art classes with Allan paid off, not only did we have a handmade Jamaican flag but a Caribbean beauty to grace our Jamaican beach.

Green, yellow and black were the colours of choice to be see in. Curly black locks were the norm until they ran out. It was actually surprising to realise how many black wigs there were on station. But run out they did so when all else fails, dress as a penguin. Or in Matty's case, an axe-wielding Viking penguin.

The evening was concluded by watching the Australia vs South Africa Rugby match which worked out well as supporters were already dressed in green and gold. Unfortunately, the result was a disappointment but a great evening was had by all regardless.

Dining room decorated with red, gold and green
Dining room decorated for the evening
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
Dr Chad with a curly wig and the Jamaican flag
Dr Chad and the Jamaican flag
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
People with wigs eating a traditional Jamaican dinner
Enjoying a traditional Jamaican dinner
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
Jukka dressed in green and gold
Jukka dressed for both Jamaican night and the rugby
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
Leon enjoying some Jamaican pineapple punch
Leon enjoying some Jamaican pineapple punch
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)
Matty as an axe wielding penguin
Matty as an axe wielding penguin
(Photo: Abrar Shabren)

Election day

Saturday the 7th of September was Election Day here just as much as back on the mainland of Australia. About half of the station's population had registered as Antarctic Voters, so we had a regular stream of people getting their names ticked off the list, obtaining their relevant ballot papers and heading off to the voting booth to cast their vote. Even through the voting booth was bigger and more private than what you would get back home (we used the telephone booths for this purpose), there still was not enough room on the bench space in this area to lay out the massive Senate ticket, no matter which state one was from.

All of the results were forwarded to the Australian Electoral Commission on Sunday morning to complete the process.

The Casey PR shot which was taken prior to Election Day has been picked up by a lot of media outlets and includes overseas as far afield as Dubai, Japan and parts of Asia.

Allan and a number of expeditioners in front of the red shed and a hagg
Voting outside
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Doug and Gavin sitting on a desk for the election
Casey voting in progress
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
Doug and Gavin with Steve placing his voting ballad in the box
Casey voting in progress
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
Michael placing his vote in the box
Casey voting still going
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
Scotty placing his vote in the box
The Casey crew doing their bit for democracy
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
Matty placing his vote in the box
Every vote counts
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
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