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Has been given £150 by his mother to pay his debts, and resolves to live a sober and chaste life. 22 Sees Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado and, the next day, Sybil Thorndike in Henry VIII. 23 Goes shopping with his mother, pays some of his bills, and redeems some possessions he has pawned. 27 Returns to Aston Clinton for the new term. Towards the end of the month, on the strength of his mother's gift, has his diaries bound and tours Oxford paying his debtors. Is also occupied in proof-reading his essay on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a privately printed edition of which Alastair Graham is producing at the Shakespeare Head Press.
There they change ships for the journey up the Norwegian coast to Tromso en route to Spitzbergen, where their mission is to obtain information to assist the Oxford University Arctic Expedition planned for 1935-6. They reach Tromso on the 13th, on which date he writes to Diana Cooper that he does not like Norwegians and is growing a beard. 18 After a four-day voyage from Tromso, they arrive in Longyear City, whence they proceed by open boat to Bruce City, also known as Scottish Camp and consisting of 'four huts at the foot of a glacier'.
18 After a four-day voyage from Tromso, they arrive in Longyear City, whence they proceed by open boat to Bruce City, also known as Scottish Camp and consisting of 'four huts at the foot of a glacier'. From there they make their way, painfully, to the Mittag Leppler Glacier, return over the mountains, and return to Bergen by collier. The surviving diary breaks off at this point and is not resumed until 7 July 1936. August 19 Following the death of President Hindenburg, Hitler becomes Fiihrer of Germany.
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