Cauld Lang Syne


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cup­boards and en­vi­able tuck shop to keep full for the win­ter.

He said: “We’ve had an early warn­ing from the chefs that we’re go­ing to run out of olives by June. It’s a bit of a first world prob­lem ad­mit­tedly.

“We are in the Antarc­tic so we can’t ex­pect to have ev­ery­thing to hand. I was once work­ing a win­ter sea­son and we al­most ran out of toi­let roll and had to sub­sidise it with kitchen roll.

“But we don’t usu­ally have to worry about run­ning out of any­thing.”

James Mac­sween, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Mac­sween Haggis, said Matthew’s lo­ca­tion is the fur­thest south their prod­ucts have trav­elled.

He said: “Up un­til now the fur­thest point had been the Falk­lands. We didn’t re­alise it was mak­ing its way to the Antarc­tic. What can we say? They have im­pec­ca­ble taste.

“We hope they en­joy their sup­ply year-round. It’s very homely so that may be what Matthew likes about it.”

Matthew, who is based in Fort Wil­liam when he’s not thou­sands of miles from home, stud­ied out­door ed­u­ca­tion and worked in out­door cen­tres be­fore get­ting an op­por­tu­nity to work with BAS.

He ad­mits be­ing ma­rooned at an Antarc­tic base for months at a time wasn’t part of his long-term plan.

He said: “I thought that by the time I was 30 I would have a house some­where on the west coast with sea kayaks. I re­ally en­joy do­ing that when I’m back home. But I also had great op­por­tu­ni­ties to travel.

“I thought when I first came down I would spend a month here and get it out of my sys­tem but that hasn’t hap­pened.”

The base will have a record 170 staff on site this year.

They will ar­rive to help build a new whar f to house the Sir David At­ten­bor­ough po­lar ves­sel which is op­er­ated by the BAS.

The two ex­ist­ing British po­lar ships, the RRS Ernest Shack­le­ton and the RRS James Clark Ross, are near­ing the end of their 25-year life­span.

BARD NEWS Rab­bie Burns HAUL OF HAGGIS Matthew with his sup­ply of Burns Night treats ICE WORK Staff en­joy a meal in can­teen at the re­mote sta­tion in the Antarc­tic

FROSTY OUT­LOOK The base at Rothera

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