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The last photographs taken by Captain Robert Scott on his doomed journey to the South Pole have been bought for the nation in time for today's centenary of the expedition.

Herbert Ponting's 1911 photo of an Antarctic grotto

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(Front, left to right) Will Dixon, Neil Heritage, Rory Mackenzie; (back) Carl Anstey, Ed Janvrin, Alex Mackenzie

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Herbert Ponting's 'End of the Barne Glacier' (1911)

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Romero spent Christmas at the South Pole, thus avoiding Santa

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My Day: Bathtime (Orchard, £4.99) is a board book that looks tough enough to survive even in the bath itself. Illustrated by Alex Ayliffe, its final page includes a small mirror, perfect for all self-admiring babies. Yawn (Walker, £9.99) follows on nicely, with a text by Sally Symes and pictures by Nick Sharratt concentrating on one massive yawn, pictured on each page by a large hole. Read in the evening, it will surely drop a none too subtle hint that sleep is the next logical stage. But perhaps not before a few shared nursery rhymes from The Cat and the Fiddle (Frances Lincoln, £12.99). Illustrated by Jackie Morris, this is the latest in a line of beautifully produced anthologies stretching back to the days of Kate Greenaway.

Polar ice continues to hamper rescue attempts of Russian fishing ship Sparta

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Polar ice continues to hamper rescue attempts as appeal goes out to any ships in the area to help

Russian ship stranded near Antarctica

A Russian fishing vessel with 32 crew members is taking on water near Antarctica, and heavy sea ice is hampering rescue attempts.

Sixteen-year-old Amelia, who last Friday became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole

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Everybody loves a winner, but we like a trier even more

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