This week at Mawson: 8 August 2008

This week's illustration

The daily migration of the modern expeditioner : captured well by Nick, numerous members of the Mawson team often feel guilty after spending a lot of time with their heads in the fridge.

Cartoon from Mawson Station
The Daily Migration of the Modern Expeditioner

On the job

This week amongst the trades we saw a hive of activity generated in the Main Power House with some major equipment receiving six monthly maintenance and servicing. The MPH was also given a break for a day while the Emergency Power House was started up and tested. A great opportunity to also test the fire suppression system and release the Hi-Fog, all part of the annual maintenance requirements.

Mawson Station Expeditioner getting a free shower during testing of the fire supression system
Boj in the MPH
Photo: Tony D'A
Mawson Station Plumber making preparations for the hi-fog test
Charlie making preparations for the hi-fog test
Photo: Tony D'A
Mawson Station tradies changing over the Main Power House switchgear.
David, Boj and Charlie changing over the MPH switchgear.
Photo: Tony D'A

Mawson Station Expeditioners covering critical equipment in the Main Power House for test of the fire supression system
David, Dom and Boj in the MPH
Photo: Tony D'A
Mawson Station Electrician servicing the batteries in the Main Power House
Boj servicing the batteries in the MPH
Photo: Tony D'A
Mawson Station Expeditioners joking around with a giant wrench
Charlie tightening up Tony's head
Photo: Narelle C

Antarctic 48 Hour Film Festival

About a month ago we received an email from our friends over at McMurdo Base asking if Mawson (and other stations across the continent) would like to participate in the Antarctic 48 Hour Film Festival. Traditionally, our American friends held the film festival in-house, but this year decided to make it an international event and open it up to all stations.

Participating stations were emailed the filming criteria late last Friday, we needed to include the following :

  • A cardboard box
  • A new person / FNG
  • The line : "What do you mean you want a day off for mid-winters?"
  • A bodily noise other than speech
  • Maximum 5 minutes
  • 48 hours to submit entries

So, in between work programs, Saturday duties, emails and phone calls to family and friends at home the Mawson team brushed up on their acting skills and became actors and extra's for the film. Nick wrote and directed the film and Boj filmed.

Voting is open to all winter residents of Antarctica. Tonight, the Mawson team will be watching all 12 entries and casting their votes in the following categories:

  • Best Film
  • Best Acting
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best use of required items

Participating Stations are as follows : Mawson, Casey, Halley, 4 entries from McMurdo, Neumayer Germany, Rothera UK, SANAE South Africa and 2 entries from Scott Base in New Zealand.

Here's a few stills…….

Mocked up image of Emperor penguin at doorway of Mawson Station
An emperor delivering the cardboard box
Photo: Tony B
Scene from Mawson Station entry in 48 hour Film Festival
The 'New Guy' pouring drinks at the bar
Photo: Tony B

Scene from Mawson Station entry in 48 hour Film Festival
Dominic and 'The New Guy' discussing appropriate use of vehicles around station
Photo: Tony B
Scene from Mawson Station entry in 48 hour Film Festival
Nick and 'The New Guy' solving the worlds problems over a drink
Photo: Tony B
Scene from Mawson Station entry in 48 hour Film Festival
Nick and 'The New Guy' getting to know each other a little better
Photo: Tony B

Scene from Mawson Station entry in 48 hour Film Festival
Graeme and 'The New Guy'
Photo: Tony B
Scene from Mawson Station entry in 48 hour Film Festival
'The New Guy' riding Mawson's mechanical bull
Photo: Tony B

In the Field

Phase two of the Emperor Penguin Project commenced at Auster Rookery last week and over a two week period Gary and Robyn, with the assistance of the Mawson team will be collecting samples from 200 emperors.

Emperor penguins queuing to have their photo taken by Mawson Station Expeditioner
Charlie and friends at Auster
Photo: Robyn M
Mawson Station Expeditioners taking an Emperor penguin for sampling
Charlie and Dave with an Emperor
Photo: Robyn M

Mawson Station Expeditioner hiding from Emperor penguins behind snow buildup
Gary sneaking up on the emperor's
Photo: Robyn M
Mawson Station Expeditioner about to get surprised by a gang of Emperor penguins
OR, maybe it's the emperor's sneaking up on Gary
Photo: Robyn M

Mawson Station Expeditioners weighing an Emperor penguin
Jodi, Nick and Gary weighing an emperor
Photo: Robyn M
Mawson Station Chef getting a well earned break at Macey field hut
Zane counting penguins in Macey hut
Photo: Robyn M
Mawson Station Expeditioners undertaking Emperor penguin testing in difficult weather
Gary, Zane and Geoff working in not so calm conditions
Photo: Robyn M

Mawson Station Expeditioners securing an Emperor penguin for testing
Charlie and David securing an emperor
Photo: Robyn M
Mawson Station Expeditioners at Auster Rookery
David, Charlie and Gary at Auster
Photo: Robyn M
Mawson Station Biologist working in the lab at Auster Rookery
Gary in the lab at Auster
Photo: David W

Until next week …

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