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The price of immortality

’I do not think I can write more. Last Entry: For God’s sake look after our people.’ Those were Robert Falcon Scott’s last sentences recorded in his diary on March 29, 1912. Two months earlier on January 18, 1912, the explorer and his fellow companions reached the South Pole in the belief that they were the first to get to the area thought to be inaccessible. Arriving at the long-awaited destination they were soon filled with dismay: thanks to Roald Amundsen the Norwegian flag had been waving there for over a month.

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