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31 August 2011

It's great to be a Student Explorer

A few weeks ago we went to London to meet the expedition team members who we will be travelling with in September.

After waking up at 05:00 hours, one car journey, two train journeys and a few tube rides later, we arrived at the Houses of Parliament and our trip around London began. As this was Charlie's first trip to London we were determined to see as many attractions as we could therefore we thought it would be fitting to board a boat on the Thames to gain our sea legs early. However our on board tour guide underestimated the amount of time we had until our meeting. We eventually arrived at Victoria Miro Gallery, the venue for the meeting, half an hour late. (Who said first impressions were everything anyway??) After a brief introduction with the rest of the team some further information was given to us by our expedition leader Alex Hartley. Half way through some well deserved refreshments were had by all.

We then joined smaller groups to discuss the expectations of members of the team. We now understand our roles within the team which are to make blogs including photos and video footage so that people at home and students at school can see our progress while we are still on the expedition. We will also be contributing our views as young people to group discussions on how we think the micronation should be run. The meeting came to a close and after a few more pleasantries we began our long journey home. We are both very excited to see everyone on the 10 September at Heathrow to begin the voyage to create a new micronation.

Charlie and Lydia – Student explorers, Ilfracombe Arts College

30 August 2011

Tamsin Omond journeys by sea to meet Arctic expedition

Tamsin Omond, author, environmental activist, journalist and founder of Climate Rush, is travelling by sea to join up with the Nowhereisland Arctic Expedition in Svalbard.

Read more about Tamsin's journey in her blog at

We are grateful to Chamber & Cook and Sea Cargo for making Tamsin Omond’s sea journey from Immingham, UK to Longyearbyen, Svalbard possible.

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Nowhereisland is a Situations project led by artist Alex Hartley, one of 12 Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad funded by Arts Council England. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of the West of England, Bristol; Bloomberg; Nicky Wilson Jupiter Artland; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Yellowbrick Tracking.

Identity designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Wolfram Wiedner, website by Wolfram Wiedner.