Having been subjected to months of media and Internet hype about a film which had been secretly shot in the Falkland Islands I had decided long ago that it sounded like the sort of thing I was going to hate if I ever got round to seeing it. Such a view was largely based on the fact that as a journalist and a researcher working on the subject of the Falkland Islands this media and Internet craze had mostly boiled down to getting crack of dawn phone calls from press colleagues wanting to get your views on a matter about which they generally confessed to knowing next to nothing
As a massive publicity campaign gathered momentum in Argentina for the launch (on Thursday September 21st) of a secretly shot film about the Falkland Islands, it is now receiving more media coverage in the United Kingdom.
The remarkable revival of interest in the Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, nearly eighty years after his death, shows no sign of slackening off. Indeed, it is gathering momentum.
In an interview with La Nación in London, outgoing British Ambassador in Argentina William Mardsen said he didn't anticipate changes in the near future concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. He added that Islanders want to remain British and that much progress can still be achieved between Britain and Argentina in the South Atlantic fisheries, oil and cooperation to eliminate mine fields in the Islands.
A British military expedition to retrace the footsteps of explorer Ernest Shackleton set sail from Gosport, Hampshire this week on an epic voyage to the Southern Atlantic.
The Army-led joint services team on the 50 foot, steel-hulled yacht Ice Maiden is expected to touch Uruguay and the Falkland Islands, before the final push to South Georgia.
Argentina has been plunged into a new wave of despair and self-loathing by its latest corruption scandal, according to a British newspaper report.