Pen, as director of the Catlin Arctic Survey, contributes to BBC World TV’s “The Burning Question in the Freezing Cold” 30-minute documentary, broadcast to 80 million homes worldwide. Presented by Dr Victoria Hill, Research Professor, Old Dominion University (USA), it reveals the life and work of scientists at Geo Mission’s Catlin Ice Base in the high Arctic. I think it tells a compelling and important story, and Victoria does a great job presenting/ leading the documentary. It was broadcast on the BBC TV’s World channel, the Open University channel, and can now be viewed via YouTube.
Presenting Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at Holyrood Palace
Invited to present Gold Awards to young Scots, I found myself overnighting the night before, just a few hundred yards from Holyrood Palace and the adjacent Scottish Parliament building. Skies were overcast and threatening liquid deployment. More happily HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in the middle of their annual Royal Week based in Holyrood, and spirits were un-dampened amongst the 300 Gold Award recipients, each with their two guests.
When I was invited to introduce this sumptuous volume of Sidetracked, a familiar kaleidoscope of thoughts and images revolved around the ineffable question, why?
Why do we make these journeys? And why do we find them so enthralling?
Listen to hear Pen on the iconic BBC show, Desert Island Discs