Love in a cold climate: A life-long obsession with the Arctic

Independent: My fascination started some time in the early 1980s. I'm not quite sure when, but I'm quite sure why. I was seven or eight years old and I picked up a copy of National Geographic from 1978 which had an article about Spitsbergen, an island in the Arctic Ocean. It's a beautiful, severe place and, at that time, was caught up in a strategic tussle between the Soviet Union and the West. I've still got the magazine. At the time, I don't know what interested me more: the photographs, ......

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