Excerpt from 2 April:
In Norway we meet yet more members of our erstwhile mission, a diverse group of colourful characters that include amongst their ranks, a coffee planter, an amateur scientist with an interest in magnetism, an industrialist from Cape Town, an Italian playboy, the expedition's Welsh surgeon and the company's cook who incidentally is the only female team member.
Miss Bridges hails from Moscow and was until recently personal chef to the now deposed Czar. Not to forget dear Blinky. Together we are a formidable force. One that collectively intends to secure a route through the fabled South East passage.
For God and King. C.F.