Birthdays — far too may birthdays have been experienced this week which may have rendered the station ‘out of stock’ of balloons for the rest of the year.
Matty kicked it all off by having his birthday on Monday which began with a sea of posters from friends and family, he may have even produced some packets of ‘Chiipppiiieess!’ for later in the evening too. Jac and Clint certainly took the biscuit today (Tuesday at time of writing) by sharing a birthday on the same day. Chef Bongo made a momentous cake / tower thing on Monday to cater for all three birthdays that I’m guessing we’ll still be eating by the time Mitchell’s birthday comes along next month.
Brendan goes outside — Those familiar with Mr Hopkins will be aware of his love of the great outdoors along with his wish that everybody else should be out in it, at all times – just not with him.
Today, Brendan did attend an outdoor event that involved ‘walking’, carrying a pack, some ice drilling and at one point even holding on to an ice axe (as he fell over). It should be noted that he only falls over when he goes outside hence his good risk mitigation technique of never leaving the building — shown below is a photo of Brendan falling over the last time he went outside (which was during summer) — fear not, he is now back in the Red Shed having a cup of tea.
Glam Rock Shock — Saturday was Glam Rock ‘dress up’ night — For some this is a good thing, for others this is terrifying and best dealt with by staying in your room, turning off the lights and pushing the mattress up against the door in much the same way as you would for Halloween when the ‘trick or treaters’ arrive. Being one of those who made the conscious decision to stay ‘dug in’ in his room I can only report that no ‘walkers’ broke in and I didn’t get to use the ice axe in self-defence this time. I was contacted by one of the other expeditioners from his room at one point, he was also too scared to head to the kitchen for fear he may get dragged into the activities…
Happy Radio — Stu (me) has upset the office Feng Shui by creating as much mess as possible in the comms workshop to the point where if anyone else needs anything they have to ask Stu to find it. The reason for all this is that the remote radio repeater that normally lives at the Browning Peninsula is taking a holiday whilst it gets its frame repaired and new solar panels installed. The radio is now ready to return to its home having had a great break but will not be sorely missed by those wishing to access the workshop!
‘The Thing’ — A lot of questions are being asked about ‘the thing’ that we are building out the front of the Red Shed, needless to say we cannot tell you at this stage but all will be revealed at a later date. It is a community built ‘thing’ that everybody is helping with, volunteers have been shortening their lunch by half an hour to get out and assist every day and hopefully there will be enough time to get it completed!