We examine the team's diversity and look at how to open an outdoor cinema.


Random, random, random

Flow lazy, pick the pace up when I flow less hazy

The other night someone told me I was random. After a second I agreed and promptly put the song through the bar speakers at full blare for the patrons. Since then I got to thinking about the people that we have down here. One man in another job, prepared runways for the well to do so that they could arrive safely in the Antarctic for a pampered, first class experience, the likes of which we can only dream. We have an erudite scientist who has previously driven buses in between gigs and knows more than a bit about coffee. We have stellar weather watcher who has trained as an air traffic controller. One is a technically skilled individual who has flown drones in various countries around the world to assist science.

One small team of men, collectively, has built a thousand homes it seems. Of those men, one recently emigrated to become an Australian, and another worked extensively on one of the country’s favourite museums MONA. We have a man from up north with true guitar skills and a penchant for placing sports tape in unusual places, another who can fix mechanical machines and expertly recommend a nice red to accompany your meal. Two are saving for a yacht and will one day sail the world. Some of the blokes have worked in the gloom under the ground, in dirty pits, and on isolated oil rigs in miserable conditions to play their part in providing the world with needed resources.

A couple of guys worked for the army, both joined at the tender age of sixteen when the army offered apprenticeships and another guy is on hiatus from the Navy, on a break from sailing the world. One person has climbed mountains all over the world and another is a dapper cook, who can grow a full beard before smoko and is hoping to start a family when he gets home. One of the team has danced through rave clubs in countries wide and far and another can referee a game of footy as well as strap your body and massage the sore bits. A very tall one from across the globe has rubbed shoulders with A-list celebrities in many countries, and we have a much smaller one who can deftly swing on a trapeze and fall gracefully from the sky on long silk ribbons. One of the team folds tiny paper cranes to leave around the place. He also listens to quite a lot of Prince and can perform a decent handstand. To the person who called me random I wish to say here and now - Thank you, I am in esteemed company.

Switch, hush

Everybody get random

Much love to all in my Casey family,


Casey Midwinter Cinema

Everyone loves an outdoor cinema, right? They’re all the rage (well before the pandemic) – watching a movie under the stars, sitting on a picnic blanket or beanbag with friends, having a picnic.

But what if it’s -6 degrees outside and you’re in Antarctica??

You rug up! That’s what!

Dane and I, two of the plant operators on station, spent time building up the cinema screen out of snow, constructing some amphitheatre style seating levels, and putting in a wind break (just to keep it a little bit cozy).

When we finally had a weather break and clear skies, we all put on our layers of warm clothing, went out with sleeping backs, sheep skin liners, Thermorest mats, and a bag of Twisties or two, to watch ‘The Impossibles’ under the southern stars. Most of the station turned out for the occasion, braving the cold, and had a laugh or two.

Who else can say they’ve been to an outdoor cinema in Antarctica? Not many of us.

Glenn Harradine

Wilkins Plant Operator