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How seafood, oil and tourism made ’squidionaires’ and the Falklands’ rich

Tuesday, July 5th 2011 - 16:29 UTC
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Caroline Graham from London's Mail on Sunday visited the Falkland Islands for a week and chance had it she arrived when a commercial oil strike was announced by one of the several companies exploring offshore the Islands. Read full article


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  • Think


    The best parts of the Mail's article were apparently “lost in translation” :-)

    1) ***”Phyl Rendell, the Falklands Director of Mineral Resources, says: We want their money but not their mess. He confirmed that a second rig, the Leiv Ericksson, will arrive later this year.”***
    Hold your horses, thinks Think……………….. Phyllis is a lovely blue eyed girl in her best age…… Don’t call her a ”He”, you… you… you... journalist!

    2) ***”Kevin Green, a foreman on the rig, tells: Everyone is trying to keep it quiet but we’ve already hit it. There is oil, there’s lots of it and it’s viable…...”***
    Wait a second, thinks Think............ What about Ocean Guardian’s rig foreman Kevin Green’s strict contractual secrecy clause?.... This article will surely cost him his job.

    3) ***“Kevin Green then reveals that radar operators on the rig have detected a submarine patrolling the waters around the islands in recent weeks…..”***

    Ooooops, stop the press, thinks Think......... Please tell the MoD that their billion dollars stealth submarines can, from now on, be detected by civilian radars.

    Chuckle chuckle…………………….

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 05:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    For once I totally agree with you Think! A load of twaddle and tripe written by a very naive lady who belived every “pub-story” and even her editor never spotted the obvious!

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 06:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    The Daily Mail?!? Ugh.

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 06:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (2) Islander1

    The comments to the article by the impoverished masses on mainland Britain say it all….
    The enemy are not longer the Argies but those lording islanders filling their benny bellies with Foie Gras :-)

    ”Can Jersey have its 5 million pounds back now it gave to you, Falklanders, we're all a bit poor now with higher taxes and 25% vat/gst, it would come in handy for the elderly to heat their homes which many couldn't afford last winter…”
    Annie, Jersey

    …Ultimately the Falkland Islanders would rather be independent but they need Britain for defence. Also why are they hiring help from Chili and Peru? Why not hire some of the jobless from the UK? I think the Falklander couldn't care less about being British and are using us simply for defence.
    Steve, London

    Did you know you need a visa to live in this British Overseas Territory and they automatically get given British passports, free education etc to come to Britain. The only reason they don't go independent is because WE pay to defend their lavish living standards. It is long overdue that there should be a review of what these places contribute to Britiain. If they are of no use let's have a referendum to force these places to go independent or we could sell them to pay for the bankruptcy our bankers put us in. Make no mistake, these places are British out of convenience, they do not like us and they certainly do not want us Brits living there.
    Martinihenry, Knackered UK

    Britain subsidises the islands to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds a year AND threw the lives of hundreds of young men away to defend it. Now everyone is entitled for their view about that war but it makes me FURIOUS to see these people lording it over us now. Why is it fair that they only pay 21% tax? Why are they so much wealthier than people in Britain? What contribution are they making to the defence of the Falklands or the UK? Why aren't we billing them?
    No, thanks

    Chuckle chuckle

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 06:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • J.A. Roberts

    This says a lot more about the Daily Mail than Think's “powers” of detection...

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 06:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • googer62

    Not sure what Falklands she visited but it wasnt the one I'm living in !!

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 07:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JustinKuntz

    Says more about the Daily Mail NIMBY readership.

    BTW where is this economic embargo by Argentina that was going to drive the islands into submitting to the Argentine yoke?

    Chuckle, chuckle

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 07:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Typhoon

    @7 Be fair. Twink doesn't have the brains of a piebald peanut. He's copying and pasting selected comments from an article. Posted by mindless, desperate idiots who still have more brain than he does.

    CFK doesn't really know how to respond and so is resorting to childish insult. Twink, as one of the foreign intelligence and security apparat, isn't getting clear instructions. He's doing the best he can.

    Obviously one of those requiring “re-education”.

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 07:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero601

    @8 T, are you saying that “Think” is an element of CFK propaganda machine ??

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 08:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    there is a big problem with some people in the UK(Daily Mail readers) ,that love to hate successful people.
    Not a very nice trait,but not as nasty as Argie envy

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 09:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JustinKuntz

    Actually it is more interesting for what it reveals about his mentality. He basically picks all the comments that are motivated by jealousy of the islands success, a success that was denied to them for decades by the collusion of the FCO with the Argentine Government. What it boils down to is resentment at their success and his failure. If nothing else it shows he is motivated by spite against a people he knows nothing about, the imagined slight over events of 200 years ago is a convenient excuse for his ugly motives.

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 09:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    Fortunately Daily Mail readers do not run the country. And while the Mail loves to make a sensation, what is important is that more of the powers that be will have looked at the bit about oil ........ and they won't be keen on letting that prospect slip away!

    Think's a marxist, first generation Argie, Chavez supporter...... in other words, he doesn't think ... he follows!

    Now whilst I've never met a happy Scot, I know for sure that there's no such thing as a happy marxist.

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 11:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    It is quite amusing that Think reads a right-wing tabloid The Daily Mail (or The Daily Hate). We know that it is a standing joke in the UK and makes up ridiculous stories to cater for its' zenophobic, armchair-racist readers. The mantra of Lord Northcliffe - the paper's founder - was 'Give them a hate-a-day'. There are even websites devoted to monitoring all the cancer scare stories they print daily. One edition carried two stories about coffee either causing or curing cancer. And every edition will carry at least one anti-immigrant story. Thus the joke that an idea headline for The Daily Mail would be “Immigrants are giving you cancer!!!”. But I guess a certain type loves to wallow in misery.

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 11:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (13) ElaineB

    ………..Just a perfect example of a supposed intelligent Brit that, drived by her inherent ethno/egocentrism, babbles a lot of nothing based in false assumptions and ignorance of the facts and/or timeline ………..

    The very first person to link to the referred Daily Mail article was: A Brit.

    “42 Redhoyt Jul 03rd, 2011 - 02:09 am
    Something more pertinent maybe?
    “ ... It’s all still cloak and dagger out there but I can tell you there is oil and no matter how the companies or the Falklands government tries to play it down it will hit big and it will change the face of the Falklands. ‘Everyone is trying to keep it quiet but we’ve but we’ve already hit it. There is oil, there’s lots of it and it’s viable.’ ...”
    Interesting times :-)”

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 02:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt


    Has the term 'wind up' no meaning in spanish ... I seem to recall something about, 'taking the hair'.


    Jul 06th, 2011 - 02:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (15) Hoyt

    No “Beef” with you, you insufferable colonial tory man with a middle…………….
    Is this young self-righteous British she-puppy, ElaineB, that irritates my spleen………:-)

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 03:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin_Fierro_AR

    hahaha... British propaganda at its best, eh British Mercocrap??


    This British propaganda agency is worthless.

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 03:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @16 That inferiority complex is holdong you back.

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 04:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (18) ElaineB

    Spot on.....

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 04:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    A middle? Sad, but true ..... it's the beer you know :-)

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 05:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    You have a perfect right to feel inferior, Cher Think, because you are inferior!(OJ!(means only joking!)). Couldn't resist it
    Hello Andres, you've surfaced at last.
    Don't take too much notice of the media, they do sensationalise(is there such a word?)
    Well you malvinistas are always saying Mercopress is biased.

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 08:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    17 Hello Fernando Andres, I see you blew a fuse on Flickr :) By the way, you know those vessels you said fled Argentina....well despite your lunatic friends in La Plata best efforts to make a point by putting the city to the torch...the ships are now plundering your resources in the Malvinas basin...hope you sleep well :)

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 09:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    14 Think

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 10:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JustinKuntz

    yes Monty?

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 11:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • FIMum

    Take two seconds to look at the comments posted on the DM article and you'll see that Think forgets to mention that the highest rated comments are those that slam the ridiculous nonsense published and support the Falklands... The worst rate just happen to be the posts made by the hate brigade. Happily most people can recognise crap when they see it.

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 01:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    22 Hello Adam, Oil and tourism?? Urinehopper news : 254.88 -10.00 (-3.78%)

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 03:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero601

    Is Caroline's number posted anywhere? I would like to interview her to verify the story !!

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 04:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    No is not, do you want argentinean model Carolina “pampita” number instead?

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 05:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    No Morecrap I am not your male love interest Adam, try again honey..

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 05:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    No Adam, is not me that is interested in you, some hospitals at Santiago and Comodoro are, to collect unpaid bills.

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 05:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    Check again dear, those medical bills are quite clearly in your name.....Do enlighten me...who is Adam, does he pleasure you well?

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 05:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero601


    Madre Santa !!

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 06:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    #32 :-))

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 07:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    Yes, sorry about that, my computer does that sometimes!
    I'm sure I had something to say, but it escapes me now.
    Off to try the crocodile tail at the Malvina. Yall have a nice evening now.

    Jul 07th, 2011 - 08:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    34 Monty69

    Jul 08th, 2011 - 01:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    Let me know what it tastes like Monty, I saw it in our local Makro the other day. If it's worth the effort I'll give it a try.

    Jul 08th, 2011 - 04:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JustinKuntz

    I can tell now that Crocodile is very forgetable, I wouldn't recommend it.

    Yuk, odd texture and flavour.

    Jul 08th, 2011 - 02:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • WestisBest

    Odd texture & flavour? it's crocodile.....what did you expect it to be like? Chicken perhaps?

    Jul 09th, 2011 - 10:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    Well. l've tasted croc & l was told it tastes like chicken but l didn't think it did.
    ln fact it was revolting.

    Jul 10th, 2011 - 06:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JustinKuntz

    I was told it was like chicken but they lied. Snake on the other hand was lovely, that was in an Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam - mind you I was only told it was snake after I'd eaten it.

    Jul 10th, 2011 - 06:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Typical British deflection technique………….

    Discussing something so inconsequential as alligator tails instead of striving to answer the most important question ………………….:

    Is it Duck or Goose Foie Gras they serve at the Malvina’s?

    Jul 10th, 2011 - 07:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    The menu doesn't specify. I didn't try it as I never have a main course, quite apart from the fact that it was quite pricey even for someone 'rolling in money'.

    Jul 10th, 2011 - 07:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (42) Monty96

    ”The menu doesn't specify”
    Bad style…. A Chef (even in Malvinas) should know better.

    “Apart from the fact that it was quite pricey even for someone 'rolling in money”
    Old school Kelper you are!.... (Said with all respect and in full agreement)

    Jul 10th, 2011 - 08:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Interactive investor
    “It is far more likely that a mid-tier British producer like Premier Oil or higher up the scale perhaps Cairn Energy might be interested in Sea Lion but 200mmbbls is definitely not enough for these guys. They would want a whole lot more giving the expense of bringing the asset into production. MM mentioned Petronas but they have significant interests in Argentina so I doubt they would be interested. China has major interests in the Santos basin and substantial trade with S America including the Argies - they won't touch FI to jeopardise all these other interests”
    Jambhala was right...
    Urinehopper 241.75 -14.00 (-5.66%)

    Jul 11th, 2011 - 03:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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