Falkland Islands

Breakthrough at last on Ascension-St Helena flights

Monthly flights between St Helena and Ascension Island have been negotiated, after months of discontent over the vital link being excluded from the original deal with winning contractor Comair. Each month, of the the airline’s Saturday flights from Johannesburg will land at St Helena and then continue on to Ascension for an overnight stop, before …

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Raymond and Cynthia achieve a uniform kind of fame

Nearly a million people read The Observer newspaper. And in the final issue of 2013, they have been treated to a picture of Cynthia George and Raymond Hudson, posing in their scouting uniforms on Jamestown seafront. The photographer, Jon Tonks, has a thing about uniforms. The Observer says they illustrate the strangely British, but not-quite-British …

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Work ‘in hand’ on inter-islands link – but no answer yet

The British government has been asked how people and supplies will be transported between St Helena and other islands in the South Atlantic after the RMS St Helena is withdrawn from service in 2016. But no clear answer has emerged in response to a written question in the House of Lords by the Liberal Democrat …

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Stanley’s no toy town for UK to play with, says Penguin News

Suggestions that the capital of the Falklands should change its name from Stanley to Port Margaret, or even Port Margaret Thatcher, have been treated with scorn by the islands’ newspaper, Penguin News. “Once the laughter had died down,” it said, “we began to consider the suggestion more seriously and some pragmatic factors began to emerge, …

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Britain is ready to step up Falklands defence, says paper

Military chiefs have drawn up plans to step up defence of the Falkland Islands, the Telegraph newspaper has reported. It says the March referendum on whether to remain a British overseas territory could lead to an act of aggression by Argentina, such as planting the country’s flag on the islands. Harrassment of fishing vessels and disruption …

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War papers reveal Thatcher’s fighting talk over Ascension

Newly-released secret papers have revealed how Margaret Thatcher had to stand her ground over Britain’s right to use Ascension Island as an air base during the Falklands War. America’s senior diplomat planned to tell Argentina that UK use of the South Atlantic island had been “restricted” by the United States. But the tough-speaking Prime Minister firmly insisted: “It’s …

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Maggie’s shock at Falklands Invasion – and how Britain nearly agreed to fly the Argentinian flag in Stanley

De-classified documents have revealed the British government’s shock when it realised Argentina was about to invade the Falkland Islands. Only two days before troops walked through Stanley did Thatcher and her advisers realise what was about to happen. In October 1982 she gave evidence behind closed doors to the Falkland Islands Review Committee, set up …

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