October 2012 – Plant
How’s your sense of adventure? We have an unusual report this month on Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ upcoming Antarctic challenge.
Twenty-six years ago he spoke at my university graduation ceremony, and I still remember the thrust of his message, about all of life being a great big adventure and the importance of preparation for it. There is no shortage of preparation on the part of the Finning team that will drive and look after the Caterpillar support vehicles on Fiennes’ Antarctic mission. However, simply wanting to undertake such a trip should be grounds enough to rule them out of participating, since any such desire is clear evidence of insanity.
A similarly obsessive attention to detail is being demonstrated – and equally necessarily – on the amazing contaminated land reclamation project in Chesterfield, The Avenue, which also features on our cover this month. Both undertakings inspire my admiration but absolutely no envy.
The lesson from these two articles is: Don’t pretend you’ve got it tough on your job until your wellies start melting from toxic waste or your extremities are at risk of dropping off from temperatures as low as -70oC.
Should your life be lacking just a little bit of adventure, however, turn directly to the back cover. Looks fun, huh? That’s a level of madness I can identify with. And all for a good cause too.
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