Thursday, 15 March 2012

Raise a glass tomorrow...

...and remember Captain Lawrence 'Titus' Oates. It was 100 years ago on 16th March that he walked out of the tent and chose to freeze to death. Did he utter the most heartbreaking and bravest last words ever? Such wonderful understatement. How brave they all were, although Scott seemed to make many foolish descions. Thinking that man-hauling the sledges was somehow more noble than using dogs. Gathering rocks when his men were dying. Yet his journals show how much he fretted and cared about his men. Scott tried and failed; it was the failure that makes the story so unforgettable and moving.

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