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Swimming Along the Arctic Sea Ice

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I love everything about my polar campaigns, except for the tense hours just before a swim. The anxiety before this last swim, along the edge of the Arctic sea ice, was the worst I’ve ...

30 Jul 2017
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Runaway climate change in the Arctic

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Ten years ago, I stood on the edge of the sea ice at the North Pole staring into the ink-black Arctic Ocean. I was attempting to become the first person to complete a long ...

27 Jul 2017
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Sponsoring the Killing of Sharks

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Driving into the lovely seaside village of Cape May, New Jersey, I was stuck by two conflicting images. On one side of the marina was a sign welcoming visitors to this proud tourist destination, ...

9 Jul 2017
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Appointment as Adjunct Professor in International Law

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I am honoured to have been appointed an Adjunct Professor in International Law at the University of Cape Town today. I was always a pulled by the world’s waters. As a young boy I ...

15 May 2017
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Sunday Times Alternative Rich List

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This weekend The Sunday Times published an Alternative Rich List in conjunction with the annual Sunday Times Rich List. It’s a list that acknowledges “wealth” beyond material wealth. I am very grateful to be ...

8 May 2017
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In from the Cold: My Tribute to Ahmed Kathrada

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What do you say about a man who gave his whole life to a struggle? I’ll never forget standing with Ahmed Kathrada in his Robben Island cell two years ago. The thing that struck ...

28 Mar 2017
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All We Need Is Love

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Neko Bay, Antarctica 64°50′ South 62°35′ West Love was in the air today. It was another breathtaking still day as we arrived in Neko Bay, so the team decided on a practice swim and ...

16 Dec 2016
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Bellingshausen Sea, 63°S 59°W

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Air temperature 4°C / 39°F, Water temperature 0°C / 32°F Duration of swim: 17 minutes 30 seconds There is an Inuit parable that tells of two wolves that battle inside each of us. One ...

13 Dec 2016
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Cape Horn, 56°South

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Yesterday I wrote about failure. Today we experienced it. And yes, there were lessons learned. Lesson one: avoid multiple mission objectives. That’s not always easy, when you find yourself in a spectacular part of ...

11 Dec 2016
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Speedo diplomacy – the lost art of negotiating

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Endurance swimmer and Ocean Advocate Lewis Pugh has been called the “Human Polar Bear” and a “Speedo Diplomat”. He puts his body on the line to bring his message home, performing long-distance swims in ...

19 Nov 2016
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