Pole position

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The Independent Online
A Norwegian, Boerge Ousland, who plans to be the first person to reach the North Pole alone and without help from dogs, snow-scooters or airdrops, was poised to reach his objective by this morning, Reuter reports from Oslo. His spokesman said yesterday he had only 7.5 miles left in his 620-mile trek, which has taken 52 days.