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Les soirs illumines par l'ardeur du charbon. Nuit d'etoiles arr. Attwood for piano. Danseuses de Delphes. Le vent dans la plaine. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir. Les collines d'Anacapri. Dull and insensible above Iron machines, that stupid crew, Summer or winter, never knew The agonies of real love.

So now I am without a care! Dead-drunk this evening I shall be, Then fearlessly, remorselessly Shall lie out in the open air. And sleep there like a homeless cur; Some cart may rumble with a load Of stones or mud along the road And crush my head — I shall not stir. Ma femme est morte, je suis libre! Autant qu'un roi je suis heureux; L'air est pur, le ciel admirable J'implorai d'elle un rendez-vous, Le soir, sur une route obscure. Nous sommes tous plus ou moins fous! Nul ne peut me comprendre. Je serai ce soir ivre mort; Alors, sans peur et sans remords, Je me coucherai sur la terre,.

Et je dormirai comme un chien! Tears are falling in my heart Like the rain upon the town; What is this languorous dart That penetrates my heart? Soft sound of rain Falling on ground and roofs! For a heart in pain, Oh! The song of the rain! Tears fall without a cause In the desolate heart What! It is beyond all laws That this sorrow has no cause! There is the much worse pain Of not knowing the reason That neither love nor hate explain Why my heart has so much pain! Ce deuil est sans raison.

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Reprinted with kind permission. This song, to which Debussy wrote both words and music, was written in , when Debussy was in the depths of despair about the war which engulfed Europe. The simple text captures both his rage and his anguish. Our houses are gone! The enemy has taken everything, even our little beds! They burned the school and the schoolmaster. They burned the church and the Lord Jesus! And the poor old man who couldn't get away! Of course, Papa has gone to war. Poor Mama died before she saw all this.

What are we going to do? Little Christmas! Don't go to their houses, never go there again. Punish them! Avenge the children of France! The little Belgians, the little Serbs and the little Poles, too! If we've forgotten anyone, forgive us. Above all, no toys. Try to give us our daily bread again. Christmas, listen to us. Our wooden shoes are gone, but grant victory to the children of France!

Nous n'avons plus de maisons!


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Et le vieux pauvre qui n'a pas pu s'en aller! Qu'est-ce que l'on va faire? The ice that extends up to the continent in front of us is auspicious for the formation of mirages. Today a "Fata Bromosa". The first flight termination took place during the night. This operation was carried out in close coordination with the long-duration balloon Control Center, within the Toulouse Spatial Center, France. The revovery will be attempted within 15 days, when the station choppers are be able to fly. It's still windy today: no possible launch! Le passage du ballon aura lieu dans la nuit.

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The light wind conditions, favourable for launches, have come to an end. We are preparing the next flights. We had some trouble on the first flight: the link between the safety and scientific gondolas is no longer working.

The trajectory forecast shows that this balloon will fly over McMurdo again after a one-week loop around the South pole. In coordination with the scientific teams, it is decided to end the flight, so as to hopefully recover the gondolas, and most importantly the data that have been recorded onboard. The ballon overflight will happen tonight. Landing areas are identified with the help of the station staff who are familiar with the surrounding area.

A new launch today, at pm of course. This is the fourth and last flight devoted to the study of ozone depletion. We are pretty happy to have been able to make these four launches during the first half of september, because this is the time when the sun is coming back over Antarctica and enables chemical reactions involving chlorine compounds to take place, which will ultimately lead to ozone depletion. The paylaod is the same than on the first flight, and very similar to the two preceding flights.

The ozone photometer on this flight is the one developped by LMD in France. On the two preceding flights, it was the one developped by the University of Colorado. New launch today! Like the first two flights, this balloon carries three instruments aimed at documenting ozone depletion processes in the stratosphere.

The flight chain is made of two gondolas, the safety one to control the flight, and the scientific one which hosts the instruments. Terry Deshler's team is simultaneously launching a short-duration balloon, with an ozone instrument on board. This flight will be used by us to compare with the ozone measurements on the long-duration balloon in order to identify possible instrumental drifts. This kind of coordinated launch will be repeated as the long-duration balloon will fly over other Antarctic stations.

Too windy today for a new launch. The payload preparation for the next flights is ongoing. On the launchpad, we set up two new balloons on the tables. Maintenance tasks are already needed on some of our equipment: while we were getting ready for a flight on saturday, the nominal inflating equipment failed, and we had to switch to the spare one. Our launchpad buildings on the ice are heated day and night, and we have to refuel from time to time.

We decide to stay indoors. A plane was expected today from Chrischurch for a medical evacuation, but it has boomeranged. Le vent baisse rapidement! Cette fois-ci tout se passe bien. On essaiera de faire mieux la semaine prochaine. The weather conditions are very calm this morning, we try to launch our second balloon.

But as we were inflating, the wind is rising up We continue inflating in difficult conditions, keeping everything under control. But the wind is becoming even stronger just as we get ready to launch.


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The risk is too high that the balloon might be damaged, and we decide to cancel the attempt. We destroy the balloon, and put the safety equipments back in the tents. The wind is now decreasing very quickly! The wind gust has lasted for about half an hour, but at the worst moment for us. A balloon is destroyed, but another is ready in the other tent. In early afternoon, after a briefing with the forecasters, we decide to try launching again.

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This time, everything goes right. The payload on this flight is very similar to the one on the first flight, except that the ozone photometer is the one developped at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Linnea and Lars, the scientists who designed this instrument are confident.

We'll try to do better next week. The surface wind is too strong today to try launching. The day is fully devoted to deploying a second balloon on a table, and finishing the preparation of the payload for the third flight Storm this evening, our launchpad reaches condition 1 very bad weather , and getting home tonight is quite a challenge! Scientific instruments are switched on one by one, and all looks nominal. In the evening, the balloon for the second flight is laid out on the inflation table: we are ready to launch as soon as a quiet wind period occurs.

The weather conditions are even more severe this morning: access to the launch pad is forbidden. Fortunately, conditions improve later on, and we were able to resume preparing our launch site. There is still a lot to be done before we are working at full capacity: we would like to double evrything so as allow us to make two launches on the same day. This way, we could fully take advantage of a nice day, which looks like a wise precaution with the kind of weather we had so far. This evening, the second payload was declared "ready to flight" after the routine check up. Strong winds are still blowing: we cannot launch in these condtions.

The balloon envelop would not resist, and the payload might hit the ground during take-off. A routine task for two early risers among us: go down to the launchpad and switch on the power generators, after a necessary warm-up. The payload for the second flight is almost ready. We begin to work on the third one in parallel. Grosse frustration! Early in the afternoon, we were ready for the first flight. But the wind came 3 hours earlier than forecast, and we were forced to cancel the attempt. Great frustration! We're working against time for the first objective of our mission: looking at ozone depletion.

The processes are already ongoing, and we have to act so we don't miss the next to the stratosphere. Today, one of our American colleagues learned that his house was destroyed by a forest fire above Boulder, Colorado Rest day A km walk, first to the North on the "Hut Peninsula" ridge which dominates the ice on the west, with the Royal Society range at the back, the "Ross ice shelf" to the east a permanent ice pack which covers the sea over hundreds of km to the south.

We then go down to the ice shelf and we return to the station along a blue ice glacier. The whole day we are aware of Mount Erebus, which dominates the region. An active volcano, m, 30km to the north, it emits a cloud of smoke every 45 minutes. Today, it is covered by a thin cloud layer. As far away as we can see, ice, stones, sun, clouds, a sky without any contrail, blue shadows which softly spread toward infinity, and reach the sky.

A journey beyond frontiers. As Jean-Pierre remarked, here, we are "displaced". We realize how lucky we are to make such a walk, for it must be a significant responsability for the safety people at the station, and for that we are very grateful to the National Science Foundation. Mauvaises nouvelles ce matin en provenance de Christchurch. Bad news from Christchurch this morning.

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We learn that this beautiful country, our departure point for Antarctica, usually so serene, is hit by violent earthquakes. Access to our launchpad is forbidden this morning because of the poor visibility, thereby delaying our preparations. In addition, we encountered some unexpected difficulties while checking our first gondola, but in the end it was a false alarm. These issues have prevented us from reaching our objective of being ready today for launching, 3 days after the launchpad was placed at our disposal. And to finish the day, strong winds during the night destroy one of our two anemometers.

This morning, a few days ahead of schedule, we have our second building available for preparing the balloons on the launchpad, thanks to Shaggy and his team of workers. We can now go on with our installation on the launch pad. The first inflation table, a m long vehicle made of an inflatable structure, is assembled, and is being checked over, as it has spent 3 winters at cold temperatures on the station. It doesn't look as if it suffered too much. Nevertheless, it has 8 flat tyres out of 12! But Tony and his mechanical workshop colleagues are familiar with this kind of problem and repair the tyres within the day.

The close watch of surface wind speeds on the launch pad has begun. Bon choix de Whisky! We have started our installation on the launch pad. We are getting used to using the various machines that we have to heat the tents, or to power the launch pad. Anemometers are set, and the first launch table is assembled. At Crary lab, the first flight ensemble undergoes the final check. This evening, we made the first video link between McMurdo and the control center in Toulouse, thanks to Skype. Some of us are going out tonight: on thursdays, everyone in McMurdo is welcomed at the Kiwi station, Scott Base, next to here.

Good selection of Whiskies! Suzan, a mountain guide in the Wyoming, explains to us the risks of "Sea Ice". The ice-pack, 1. But we learn about a number of traps associated with the transformed ice, which can be hidden by a thin layer of drifting snow. We will gently assimilate these advices, accept the constraints and practice good habits, won't we Alain and Jean-Noel?

This evening, we have taken possession of our launch camp with everything necessary to make a first flight. The second "Rac-Tent" building will be finished on Tuesday. Ballet of PSCs at sunset, just great! Back to nice weather conditions. We have access through our web site to the meteorological forecasts specially prepared for us by our Meteo-France colleagues.

The preparation of the first flight is ongoing, the work offices are finally stabilizing, and the control center for flight chain integration and onboard system controls is also ready. The weahter is clear again today, but quite windy. Colourful stratospheric polar clouds fill the sky. Each summer, a cargo ship and sometimes a tanker too will supply the station. They berth alongside a ice pier.

After twelve years, this pier, a big ice cube reinforced by steel cables, is being rebuilt. To make it, sea water is projected on the surface, and then distributed by bulldozers. It is now 3-m wide, but it will be twice this dimension this summer for the berthing. Our Crary-lab invasion is now over, and we have succeeded in stowing our tens of cubic meters here and there. The first balloon payload is ready, the anemometers and our inflation equipment have been calibrated. The NCAR material finally arrived with the last flight. La construction de notre camp se poursuit devant nous.

The visibility is somewhat variable this sunday, which prevents us from walking along the superb Castle Rock loop This will have to be another time. The preparation of our launch camp is going on in front of us. Another superb day, it really looks like a very nice season! The last Winfly plane has departed, with a brief flap of the wings from the big C17 like an "au revoir".

At the retaurant, some faces seem to say "alone at last". The operational control center is now ready thanks to Melanie. We check the precision of our inflating equipment by weighting the gas quantity, and we take possession of more and more space in the Crary Lab.

Still beautiful weather and clear sky over here, except when the plane expected for the past 4 days arrives at the station. At that precise moment, the sky becomes very foggy and the plane has to take a U-turn back to New-Zealand. This is what is called here "to boomerang", which is not a very pleasant experience for the passengers.

But at Christchurch, the crew switch-over, the refuelling, and the new take off are performed very efficiently, so that finally everyone arrives here safely in the middle of the night. At McMurdo, our first launch building is emerging from the ice. Apaisement complet, ciel clair.

Complete calming down of meteorological conditions. The station is still running slowly until the removal of snow drifts. The plane expected for the last 3 days is scheduled for tomorrow. We can go back to our maritime containers, and resume the preparation of our launching pad. We are finished with unpacking our air freight. The final calibration of the scientific instruments has started. Bad weather for the past 3 days, and now the storm.

Everyone is blocked in the station, and the preparation of our launching pad is stopped. At the laboratory, our installation is in good shape: our antennas now point on the roof of "Crary Lab".