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The argentine government announced that the official April 2 Veterans Day holiday will be moved forward by a day and celebrated on Monday April 1st instead.
More revelations of the conduct of the 1982 Falklands Conflict are contained in a book by the British Secretary of State for Defence at the time, Sir John Nott. He gives his version for the first time of the tensions in the War Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, of his feud with the head of the Royal Navy, of how British agents denied supplies of the feared Exocet missile to Argentina, and how France advised how to counter the missiles.
The only professional photographer visiting the Falkland Islands at the time of the 1982 invasion, Rafael Wollman, has re-visited Stanley and taken photographs of people he photographed 20 years ago.
Falkland Islands tourism has had a double boost of positive publicity on the BBC Holiday programme watched by millions of viewers and in the London Times Travel Supplement read by hundreds of thousands.
The Royal Navy surgeon who saved both British and Argentine lives in the Falklands Conflict, Dr Rick Jolly, has told a High Court action brought by veterans in London that many of the 29,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen in the British Task Force were not mentally prepared for battle.
In a concise but significant editorial piece in this Monday's edition, Argentine daily Clarín stresses the importance of the recent visit to Falklands, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires of British Secretary of Defence, Geoffrey Hoon, particularly just a few weeks away from the twentieth anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict and ten years after the beginning of the British-Argentine normalization process.
The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne in Berkshire, which is holding its 20th anniversary remembrance service on Sunday, 16th June, Falklands Memorial Day, says it hopes a member of the Royal family will attend.