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I do not regret the journey

Sunday, February 03, 2013

"I do not regret this journey, which has shown that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another, and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past. We took risks, we knew we took them; things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint, but bow to the will of Providence, determined still to do our best to the last. "

This is the memorial to Robert Falcon Scott which was sculpted and then unveiled by his widow on 9 February 1917.
Anniversaries are not always happy occasions. One SF posted a poignant memorial to her deceased husband recently, and we are approaching the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake which destroyed our city and took many lives. All the buildings around this statue were destroyed:


The statue itself fell off its plinth and was damaged:

But down is not out. To this city, as to many people in the world, Scott's Last Expedition is a reminder of the value of courage and endurance through hard times, and of how, despite the odds often being against us, we must persevere in pursuit of goals. The statue has been repaired, strengthened and displayed at a winter fest; once the surrounding area is repaired it will be put back on its plinth:

In the meantime, it is being cared for - the box keeps the prone statue air-tight and moisture free.

When the statue goes back up another anniversary will be created - a happy one, this time. Just like all those of Sparkers who celebrate their SP membership, their loss of pounds, or their maintenance of a weight loss. Like the statue, many of us have been damaged or have damaged ourselves in one way or another. A bit of care and time - and we too can be creating happy anniversaries for ourselves.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EFFIEANNIE 2/4/2013 8:45AM

    Your blogs are always so interesting and educational. I love learning about your part of the world. Thanks.

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KASEYCOFF 2/4/2013 4:00AM

    Penny, I am so glad to hear that they are repairing Scott's statue and plan to replace it. I've toured the 'Discovery' in Dundee, and just the other night we watched a documentary about Scott's attempt to beat Amundsen to the South Pole. So glad you blogged this today!

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NEW-CAZ 2/4/2013 2:58AM

    Love the analogy emoticon

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ARTJAC 2/4/2013 1:26AM

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SUSIEPH1 2/4/2013 1:15AM

    Thank you for posting this .. just shows how the human race is enduring ..
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PHEBESS 2/3/2013 11:55PM

    Love the analogy!

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CAROLJ35 2/3/2013 10:19PM

    Very Interesting!!! Thanks for the great information!


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GRNDMOM43 2/3/2013 7:31PM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing and helping us make that connection! emoticon

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TOTHEFUTURE1 2/3/2013 7:06PM

    Thanks for the interesting blog, I enjoyed reading it.I visited Christchurch in 1999 and always hoped to return to N Z.

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MICKEYH 2/3/2013 6:29PM

    Thanks for sharing the story. RIP for who past in the earthquake.

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PCOH051610 2/3/2013 5:14PM

    Great blog! I love the last two lines

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