Captain Scott centenary marked at St Paul's Cathedral

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 07:01 in Paleontology & Archaeology

Doomed 1912 expedition to Antarctica that claimed lives of five men 'helped open world's eyes to importance of the continent'There was ice in St Paul's Cathedral at a service marking the centenary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's doomed attempt to conquer the South Pole, on a day so unseasonably hot that women wore summer frocks and the many men in full military dress mopped discreetly at their brows.The chill came from the last message of Scott's journal, written on 29 March 1912 as the Antarctic gales shrieked outside the tent that he knew would become his tomb, and the tomb of Henry Bowers and Edward Wilson: "These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale".Sir David Attenborough – with a catch in his voice – read the lines from the journal, and also from the book of Job, set to a spine-shivering score from composer Judith Bingham, commissioned...

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