The Penguin’s Egg

I’ve started reading Sara Wheeler’s excellent biography of one of the great heroic figures of the 20th century, Cherry Apsley-Garrard. I had considered calling this blog The Penguin’s Egg but discovered that someone smarter and quicker than I had beaten me to that particular Pole.
The idea came from Cherry’s most famous quote:

If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg.

I don’t want to suggest that blogging is anything like The Worst Journey in World but I think the pursuit of a penguin’s egg is a rather special thing.

Sadly the three eggs that survived the journey and were presented to the Natural History Museum did little to further the scientific aims of the expedition. And Cherry, only 24, survived the ‘horror’ of the Terra Nova Expedition it seems with all the guilt and regret only a survivor can carry.

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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