Midwinter celebrations

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This week at Macquarie Island: 29 June 2012

This week we have more fabulous photos of the team celebrating midwinter's day at Macca including photos from our formal dinner and a few from Cinderella (the play).

Last Saturday, keeping with tradition, the annual Kiwis vs Aussies tug-a-war competition was held. The Kiwis (all in black, an attempt to scare the Aussies) put on a fine performance winning two games out of three. There’s always next year!!!

Following the Kiwis' bashful tug-a-war win, the next game on the day's agenda, with close to 100% participation, was Macquarie Island’s ‘Toss the Haggis’ competition. Pete the Scott ensured everyone understood the rules (in his mixed Kiwi and fake Scottish accent) and before you were allowed to throw the haggis you had to say “Are you ready Jimmy” with accent, and Jimmy (who was actually Jane) then gave permission to throw. Congratulations to Jack and Karen for winning the toss.

Maria (Chef) and Kelly at Midwinter celebrations
Maria (Chef) and Kelly
(Photo: Richard Dakin)
Col and Ray have a drink and a chat at Mindwinters dinner
Col and Ray
(Photo: Richard Dakin)
Richard and Matt at the dinner table during Midwinter celebrations
Richard and Matt
(Photo: Mel Van Twest)
Garry and his Happy Coat
Garry and his "happy coat"
(Photo: Mel Van Twest)
Mel poses for camera in maroon lace dress
Mel
(Photo: Richard Dakin)
Dave at the dinner table during Midwinter celebrations wearing shirt and tie
Dave
(Photo: Mel Van Twest)
Stephen and Cameron having a discussion during Midwinter dinner
Stephen and Cameron
(Photo: Mel Van Twest)
Midwinter swim with seal in foreground and four expeditioners at the water
Midwinter swim, even the wildlife join in
(Photo: Richard Dakin)
Kiwi expeditioners dressed in black weigh-in for the tug of war
Tug-a-war competition. The Kiwis weigh-in
(Photo: Mel Van Twest)
Tug-a-war competition, Aussies weigh-in
Tug-a-war competition. Aussies weigh-in
(Photo: Mel Van Twest)
The Kiwi team in action during tug of war competitions outside at Macca
The Kiwi team in action
(Photo: Mel Van Twest)
The Aussies during tug of war comp outside at Macca
The Aussies
(Photo: Mel Van Twest)
Kiwi team Leader Jack accepting the trophy from Aussie Stu
Kiwi team Leader Jack accepting the trophy from Aussie Stu
(Photo: Narelle Campbell)
2012 Tug-a-war winners. The Kiwi team pose with trophy
2012 Tug-a-war winners
(Photo: Narelle Campbell)
Pete the Scott explaining the haggis throwing comp rules while dressed in red wig and kilt
Pete the Scott explaining the haggis throwing comp rules
(Photo: Narelle Campbell)
Pete the Scott demonstrating haggis throwing techniques
Pete the Scott demonstrating haggis throwing techniques
(Photo: Mel Van Twest)
Tom tossing the haggis
Tom tossing the haggis
(Photo: Mel Van Twest)
Dana standing on a barrel preparing to toss a haggis
Dana
(Photo: Narelle Campbell)
Preparing for the Midwinter play. A male expeditioner in purple wig has eyeshadow applied as part of his costume
Preparing for the Midwinter play
(Photo: Richard Dakin)
Jim as the Fairy Godmother with wig and tiara
Jim as the Fairy Godmother
(Photo: Richard Dakin)
Mango (male expeditioner) with wig and stoal
Mango
(Photo: Richard Dakin)
Stu as Cinderella in goldilocks type wig
Stu as Cinderella
(Photo: Richard Dakin)
Narelle counting audience numbers from behind the curtain
Narelle counting audience numbers from behind the curtain
(Photo: Richard Dakin)
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