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By Anjana Ahuja   January 2012

In January 1912, Captain Robert Falcon Scott staggered towards the geographical South Pole, only to find the Norwegian flag already fluttering there. Roald Amundsen had beaten him to it by a mere month. Scott and his four frozen, exhausted and starving companions died on the return journey. The Natural History Museum in London is putting on the definitive centenary exhibition from 20th January, with a recreation of Scott’s base-camp hut, which still stands in Antarctica (www.nhm.ac.uk/scott). Just don’t tell your family, on exiting the hut, that you may be some time.

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