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An Observance for Commonwealth Day 2019 at Westminster Abbey, London, in the presence of HM The Queen, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Duke of York. The service was led by The Dean of Westminster The Very Reverend Dr John Hall. The message at todays Service is 'A Connected Commonwealth'.

Receiving a letter asking if I would give the main address on the 70th Anniversary of the Commonwealth was a high honour. It was also one of the most daunting tasks I’ve faced. I’ve swum ...

24 Mar 2019
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Address to the Commonwealth

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This address was given by Lewis Pugh on the 70th Anniversary of the Commonwealth in Westminster Abbey on 11 March 2019. ON THE EDGE OF THE ICE  I am standing at the North Pole, on the edge ...

10 Mar 2019
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Goodwin Sands – A Matter of Respect

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Swimming for hours each day in the middle of the open ocean gives you a lot of time to think. During July and August this year, I swam the length of the English Channel, ...

20 Sep 2018
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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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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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Sometimes ‘Crazy’ Gets the Job Done

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Two years ago when I launched a campaign to protect the Ross Sea in Antarctica, the Daily Telegraph called me crazy. “Pugh is like a detective that has been given 24 hours before he ...

28 Oct 2016
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Turning turtle on the illicit wildlife trade

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When I picture my father’s time in the South Pacific, I see turtles. In 1952 my father, a Royal Navy Surgeon, was present at Britain’s first atomic bomb test in the sea off western ...

2 Oct 2016
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The Three Most Important Questions

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The first step to achieving a goal is committing to it. Here are the three ways I identify a worthy challenge. This week a local conservation agency asked me to take on an issue ...

28 Jul 2016
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