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Falklands’ new Tourism managing director targets the US market

Saturday, September 1st 2012 - 06:43 UTC
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Tony Mason, the newly appointed managing director of the Falkland Islands Tourist Board (FITB), has just taken up his position in Stanley, the Falklands’ capital. Originally from Atlanta, Mason is responsible for overseeing the tourism strategy. Read full article

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  • JohnN

    Mason definitely has the right idea!

    - Sounds reasonable to go after up-scale, nature-orientated US market, and if that market segment can get hooked, other nationalities who follow the trend of US elites will follow.

    - US cities like NY, Boston, Washington have so many quietly-wealthy environmentalists who belong to Sierra Club and who want off-the-beaten-path natural tours, with birds, sea-life, isolation. Even Falkland wind-turbines are an attraction for this tourism segment, as well as peat-bogs, wind, deserted, cold beaches, wrecks of old ships.

    - For the cruise market, my Toronto cousin did the Falklands-South America tour and really loved Stanley (“surreal to see a quaint English village in South Atlantic”).

    To a small extent, there is some attraction to Falklands based on recent media coverage of threats from CFK and her minions, but probably not a whole lot and not sustainable unless CFK keeps braying and media continues to pick it up.

    Sep 01st, 2012 - 01:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    ”Tony Mason, the newly appointed managing director...
    A Yankee? What happen with the local sheeps :-))

    Sep 01st, 2012 - 04:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    A yankee to encourage other yankees.

    Sep 01st, 2012 - 04:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    3 Yes, with the Mason last name.
    Lock your doors kelpers.

    Sep 01st, 2012 - 04:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    @4 Not the Helter Skelter killer Jackie Mason Marcos. you fecking DICK :-))))))

    Sep 01st, 2012 - 05:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    “Tony joins the Falkland Islands Tourist Board from a London-based travel services group, Lycafly, where he worked at Managing Director. He brings with him a wealth of experience in travel marketing, and sales at director level.”
    - http://www.penguin-news.com/index.php/news/tourism/item/403-new-tourist-board-boss-arrives-via-birdfair

    Sep 01st, 2012 - 06:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    6 Mr Newcomb
    Penguin News? Very reassuring.

    Sep 01st, 2012 - 06:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • PirateLove

    @8 is it just plain negativity or envy? or both? let me try

    tell us how well your recent IMF loan beg went?? wow that good eh!
    hows the inflation? the real one? Ouch!
    going abroad next year? your government says no!
    how much was it to feed your family today? did you have power?
    Is Argentina any closer to stealing the Falklands than it was yesterday?
    are the complaints to the WTO about argentinas trade acts still mounting up?
    did colombia leapfrog argentina regarding economy?? K model in effect.
    Anymore strikes in B.A?
    I heard new born babies are being given the right to auto-vote for Cristina along with squid, is it true?

    The Positive:
    The Falklands are on a roll, and good luck to em, and theres nothing RG can do. :)

    Sep 01st, 2012 - 11:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    The same birds but with the best landscapes and accesibilty are in Argentina. Face facts.
    And going to Pta Arenas??? Ive been there once, nothing special. there are better packages and cheapers in Arg. or Chile to make bird watching.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 11:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bongo

    @10

    If Argentina is so much better than the Falklands why do you want to steal them?

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 11:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    10 malen

    Well if that's the case, then why do you think that hundreds of people come here every year just to look at the seabirds and landscapes? Why do you think they filmed all the swimming penguin shots for Frozen Planet here?

    Face facts; you haven't a clue, again.

    You haven't even read the article properly; it's about targeting people who don't need it to be cheap and don't want it to be accessible.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 12:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (12) Monty96

    You say:
    “......it's about targeting people who don't need it to be cheap and don't want it to be accessible.”

    I say:
    Then, for once, Argentina will do its utmost to help you, Kelpers…..
    We will spare no efforts into provideing that “enormous target group” what they crave:
    The most costly and inaccessible wind-blown, earwig infested, sheep crap carpeted Islands in the face of Earth...

    Chuc…kle….

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 12:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    10 malen: No doubt that there may be a wider variety of birds in larger, continental land-masses such as the Patagonia areas of South America, and indeed, without the antagonistic attitude of Aregentine politicians towards the Falklands, combined regional tours would be more successful.

    However, there sound evidence based on the developing tourism industry of the Falklands that has sufficient “stand-alone” attractions to be able to attract a US segment that appreciates the combination of the presence of positive Falklands attractors (birds, beaches, isolation, history, community), in conjunction with the relative absence of negatives found on the continent (foreign language, crime, extreme poverty, pollution).

    In the absence of any interest by Argentines in combination, regional tourism with the Falkland Islands, obvious alternatives already exploited are with Chile - and obviously the cruise ship combo of Falklands-South Georgia- Antarctica.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 12:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HansNiesund

    @13 Think

    You say:
    “The most costly and inaccessible wind-blown, earwig infested, sheep crap carpeted Islands in the face of Earth...”

    I say:
    So what's the big deal about getting your hands on them, then?

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 01:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    Argentina is not Africa not Middle east to talk that way about crime and poverty. In USA, Europe. every now and then is a mass murder round the corner, and you are afraid of terrorism, thats the reason so many messures in airports and taht you are hunting terrorists on dictators on other countries.Thats what you say.
    You must not know Arg patagonia well, (I a little) that fortunatelly in tourism is well preserved and not polluted.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 02:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    All the way from USA to THe Falklands just to see birds!!?? Ummmm
    kind of f...* boring....

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 02:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Xect

    Heh this appointment seems to have worried our little special Argentine friends on here.

    Keep up the good work Mason!

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 02:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    16 malen: Argentina is not as insecure as most of Africa, but the higher social-economic strata of US tourist who are attracted by nature include mostly well-educated professionals who read official travel information about Argentina, including:

    “Violent Robbery: Security Tips Offered”:
    http://argentina.usembassy.gov/warden_messages/personal-security.html

    “Crime is a serious problem in Argentina but can be managed with common sense precautions.”:
    http://argentina.usembassy.gov/warden_messages/personal-security.html

    “Street crime in the larger cities, especially greater Buenos Aires and Mendoza, is a problem for residents and visitors alike”:
    http://argentina.usembassy.gov/warden_messages/personal-security.html

    Since the murders of the two young French female backpackers, US and European nature tourists are naturally concerned. For example a Mercopress story from a year ago: “Is Argentina a safe country for tourists?, questions the French media”:
    http://argentina.usembassy.gov/warden_messages/personal-security.html

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 03:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • mollymauk

    @13 “The most costly and inaccessible wind-blown, earwig infested, sheep crap carpeted Islands in the face of Earth...”
    As HansNiesund said @ 15, what is the big deal about you getting these Islands then?? I have asked this of several of the more “sensible” posters on your side of the argument, and still not had any answer. You often make disparaging remarks about the islands and yet still seem to want them so much. We want them because this is our home, our families have lived here for generations, and it is where we want to make our lives (when I say we, I refer to my wife's family, I myself am an incomer to the islands from UK). If you want to live here, there is nothing to stop you - regardless of the lies spread about immigration laws here, you have the same rights to come here as anyone from UK. But if you choose not to, why do you want the islands??

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 04:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    I remember the case of an arg boy going to one of those games in a french park of disney and he was victim of a big neglicence and came here without walking or been able to talk...
    and I remember a brasil student or tourist in UK been shot for being suspected of terrorism by police
    and dont tell in Europe you dont have crime, and of all varieties...
    and in those countries you invade, you are the top top of criminals in the world...

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 05:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    21 malen

    This isn't about Europe, or Disneyland. What has either of those places to do with the Falklands?
    This is about tourism in the Falkland Islands. We want to encourage more tourists to visit and we think we have something to offer them. That's it. And one of the things we have to offer is a safe and crime- free tourist experience.

    17 aussie sunshine
    If it doesn't float your boat, then don't come here. Simple. You sound like a complete arse so I think we'll probably bear it.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 05:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    Attractive market to target. Those Yanks have lots more dollars to spend than Argentine muppets.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 05:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (20) mollymauk

    You ask:
    “What is the big deal about you getting these Islands then??”
    “Why do you want the Islands??”

    I ”Think …………..
    I will let this question be answered by one of the few sincere Brits I have had the honor of meeting “In Here”, at MercoPress….
    Mr. Doveoverdover, an officer and a Gentleman with a remarkable “In Situ” knowledge and understanding of the whole spectrum of the ”Malvinas Issue”…..:

    ”126 Doveoverdover Aug 27th, 2012
    Without British sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, the UK would soon lose sovereignty of SG and SSI and hence the supportability of our claim to a slice of the Antarctic on which it is based would be completely undermined.
    Who knows what undiscovered resources rash and unconditional self determination would lose the British nation state? This is not in our national interest.
    The Falkland Islands, unlike e.g. Montserrat and Bermuda for which I would allow more latitude to be ungrateful, are not populated by descendants of forced migrants. They are truly a colony of Britain in the long established, historical sense of the word. On this I agree with Think. But where he is bitter about it, I rejoice in our good fortune and in the foresight and energy of our forefathers that made it that way.”
    http://en.mercopress.com/2012/08/23/company-confirms-abundant-gas-condensate-in-south-falklands-and-prepares-new-drilling-program
    -
    -
    -
    That’s why we want you, British Colonists out of them Islands.
    That’s why we want them Islands.
    That’s why………

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 06:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    21 malen: Psychological attitudes towards fear of crime and of insecurity vary greatly by gender, age, and ethnicity.

    Sometimes, the perception of crime and violence may not be accurate, but when you're deciding where to plunk $5000-$10,000 on a summer tour, fear of victimization takes a top spot, especially for mature and female tourists.

    For mature, wealthy female tourists, its a no-brainer to prefer Falklands over many South American destinations, simply because the victimization fear-factor is perceived to be very low in the Falklands.

    These nature tourists are ready to deal with hypothermia, mud and blisters - but not sexual assault or robbery.

    For the kind of tourism market segment that would be reasonable for the Falkland Islands' community, nature tourism/farm-stay tourism, birding, and related cruise-ship tourism would appear to provide a good fit between residents and tourists.

    The usual social status models will tend to show that if a significant market amongst trend-setter upper-class American nature and cruise ship segments develop, other nationalities who follow the trends will develop with a slight lag-time of 2-5 years.

    Couple of examples of what the American upper-class nature tourist segment is reading (popular in thousands of waiting-rooms of American dentists, doctors, lawyers and accountants):

    http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201209/explore-geirangerfjord-norway-252.aspx

    http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201209/explore-geirangerfjord-norway-252.aspx

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 06:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    24 Think
    'sincere'??? He's pulling your leg. Quite gently and kindly, but appealing to your vanity and taking the mick. And trying to troll Falkland Islanders, without much success.
    Get a grip.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 07:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    With the cold winter weather and the snow capped hills, are there any skiing opportunities?

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 07:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (26) Monty96

    I'm not going to discuss “Sincerity” or “Vanity” with a cold blooded woman unwilling to serve a proper breakfast of fried bacon, sausages, eggs and hash browns to her hard working husband…….

    Sincere or not….., the reasons we want you British Colonists out of them Islands are those clearly stated in Mr. Doveoverdover text at comment No.: (24)

    Mr. M…..
    Get a grip on your woman……….

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 07:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cLOHO

    24... Correct you want expansionist Argentine Colonialism ! That's all you have ever wanted.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 07:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    28 Thing is you and old Dover are one and the same. Nothing like quoting yourself when times get difficult but not very honest.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 08:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    26 Monty

    You got it spot on there mate. Dove over fucking Dover sincere my arse. About as much on our side as think and knowledge of the islands about as outdated and / or shallow as Think's.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 08:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (31) Joe Bloggs

    You say:
    “and knowledge of the islands about as outdated .......as Think's.”

    Yo mean......., the wind has stopped, the earwigs are gone and the sheep don't crap anymore?

    Chuckle chuckle©

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 08:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    32

    When's the last time you were there old man? Late 70s wasn't it? About the same time as your chum. Maybe's he's been back on the odd posting to MPN but that won't keep anyone informed.

    What are you doing in October? I want to make sure you're around. I guess you'll be marking Spanish tests or something. If you're up to date do you know what is going to happen in October? Surely the Dove man knows. Between you you think you know everything.

    Chuckle chuckle.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 08:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    21 Monty You seem to have some talent to bother me :) but no, no
    never say never, there was a crime there not resolved, someone thrown out from a boat time ago
    Anyway, many tourists chooses Arg and are happy of visiting. I offer you help if you need in BA.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 09:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • mollymauk

    So, Think - all you seem to be saying is that neither you nor DoD recognise the Islanders right to self-determination, and that all either of you want is to exploit the resources of the islands for your own benefit.
    That is where you misunderstand the Islanders - they live in the islands because that is where they want to be, not because of supposed material riches that may or may not be there. And that is why they will ultimately deny you your wishes, as you are the ones who want to exploit them, where they are the ones who want to be there come what may.

    Sep 02nd, 2012 - 09:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brit abroad

    @16 not as boring as reading your posts

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 03:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (34) mollymauk

    You say:
    ”So, Think - all you seem to be saying is that neither you nor DoD recognise the Islanders right to self-determination……”

    No……., what I’m saying is that….:
    I recognize the Self-determination rights of the British People in BRITAIN.
    NOT in some antipodal Islands, taken and kept by military might some 180 years ago……

    Mr. DoD, on the other way, is saying that….:
    ”My attitude is “yes to self determination” so long as it means their staying as British citizens under the Crown which currently they do, of course. I'd extend the same right to the people of the Isle of Wight, of Yorkshire and to my home village with its population of less than 1000 council tax payers. Anything less than conservatism in this situation is rebellion and to advocate it, arguably, treason.”
    http://en.mercopress.com/2012/08/23/company-confirms-abundant-gas-condensate-in-south-falklands-and-prepares-new-drilling-program(126) Doveoverdover”

    Rewording Monty96; a harsh Kelper fury that feeds her chickens better than she feeds her husband…….: Do you catch Mr. DoD’s ”Quite gentle and kind” hint ???

    Finally, paraphrasing another intelligent Brit I have had the pleasure of meeting ”in here” at MercoPress; Mr. Lorton……:
    ”Life isn’t fair…
    Get used to it….”

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 04:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • mollymauk

    @36
    Sorry to continue the never-ending repeat of the same old arguments on this forum, but how exactly does this differ from the self-determination rights of some antipodal country taken by force by european settlers some 180 years ago on the mainland of South America?? And if you look at the make-up of the Falklands population (of people who have made it their permanent home, and achieved Falkland Island permanent resident status), while certainly a large proportion are of British origin, there are many many other nationalities represented

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 07:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HansNiesund

    @37
    Hmm, when you follow the Think line of argument, it seems that what they are really objecting to, is the relationship with the metropolitan country of first settlement. This does seem rather an odd thing to get all lathered up about.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 08:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    38
    Its a line of argument that stops when the democratic will of the Falkland Islanders is expressed and is seen to be expressed.
    Anything else would be ....well....National Socialism.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 09:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @40 It is a line of argument that stops when a subset of British Citizens start taking covertly or openly about a unilateral declaration of independence. At that point a new generation of migrants will be subtly encouraged in to restore the pro-British overwhelming majority and culture. Just look at how many recent permanent residents are UK ex-Forces or civil service and you glimpse the future.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 09:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HansNiesund

    @40

    How large exactly do you Think the the subset of UDI supporters would have to be, before the government-sponsored ballot stuffing migrant implantation kicks in?

    How big would you say the UDI subset is now?

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 09:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    40 Doveoverdover

    You should educate yourself about the constitutional relationship that the British government has with its OTs.
    At the same time you might want to read up on the FI immigration laws and policy, which are entirely controlled by FIG. The new census is out soon, which I think will blow your argument out of the water, but in the meantime you should know that many recent permanent residents are from Chile and St Helena (and many other places). The Falkland Islands continues to develop its own distinct culture and will determine its own future, and there's nothing you can do about it. There's nothing 'unilateral' about it. We have the support of the UK government in whatever we decide to do.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 10:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @42 I don't need no education on the constitutional arrangements. They are readily available on the web and I have drawn on them in formulating my thesis.

    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2008/2846/contents/made

    Yes, that's a UK Government website by the way. You see, someone with a wider understanding and experience of political analysis than you seem to have might recognise that the FIG is shorthand for an awful lot more than the legislative assembly and Exco. Executive power resides with HE Governor and HM has reserved powers; it says so in the constitution. Interpret the practical and contemporary latitude given locally and the statement of principles how you will but note what the 2008 constitution actually says about power. The Falkland Islands are still a Crown colony; careful how you tread.

    You know, exchanging views on the comment pages of Mercopress with imprecise, emotional, deluded and narrow minded people wherever they live is an education in itself, for which I thank you, Englander and others. Not as nearly amusing as Think (who is actually insane and not just angry) but equally effective as a means towards refining ones own perception of reality. My perception is moving inexorably towards the view that the British nation and the Argentinian State are in the middle of a colonialist “Great Game” for the Antarctic in which Falkland Island residents are but one of the pawns.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 11:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @40
    “At that point a new generation of migrants will be subtly encouraged in to restore the pro-British overwhelming majority and culture”

    If the Falkland Islanders want a primarily British culture what is wrong with that?
    This British culture has not displaced an indigenous culture.

    Does this mean that artificially implanting a Latin culture in South American is also wrong, ie Spanish people should not emigrate to Argentina as they would promote the predominately latin culture there?

    The original culture in Argentina was different before its colonialisation by people from Spain and Italy as most of the native inhabitants were wiped out.

    If the Falkland Islands were to decare independence it would not be unilateral as the UK government supports self-determination and if the Islanders choose independence, the UK will abide by that.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 11:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @42 “I don't need no education.....”

    Excuse me, but your appalling grammar implies that you do ;-)

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 11:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    45 Steveu
    I never said that, or nothing like it. I write in colloquial spoken English, because I feel like it. I also do it because I get a kick out of pompous twats doing the 'poor benigned colonials, they can't even use big words on an internet forum, no wonder they don't understand their own constitution' thing.

    43 Doveoverdover

    Don't think I'm not grateful. I have spent many a long day tangled in the more obscure workings of our democratic system. If only I'd known that I just needed to go to the governor and say 'we need a new law', and he would make it so.' I'll get right on to it today and let you know how I get on. If I don't get any luck from him, I'll go to HM. Cheers.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 12:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    43
    I knew you'd break your word and return to perform your “services”.
    In fact I think I said so at the time. Didn't think it would be this quick though.
    45
    Absolutely right, just love the Muppet's use of the double negative.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 12:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    47 Englander

    Who are you calling Muppet? Would you like to see my split infinitive as well?

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 12:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @45 I think you were referring to me, but I don't need no thought control either.
    @46 Benighted, dear, benighted.
    @47 No dark sarcasm in the chat room. There, leave me alone.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 01:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @46 Monty69

    My comment was directed (light-heartedly!) at DoD (@43) not you. It's just there is no “edit” facility on bloody MercoPress so my comment has to hang there until someone else posts. I think he's now made that clear.

    Sorry for the confusion

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 01:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    48
    Nothing wrong with split infinitives, I love em. Its the split personalities that I take or should I say talk exception to.

    49
    Sorry no can do. Anyway you're back now so shovel up some more shit for us to have a laugh at.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 01:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Malen- for a start please tell me where in Arg-mainland or on TDF you find King Peguin colonies?
    I work with cruise ships and hear all the time of the Aerolineas ripoffs and unreliabilites, escalating ripoffs in Ushuaia- the piped per music for one! They would love to be able to operate to antarctica from a NON Argentine port! I ll place abet with you - in 5 years many will be operating from PortStanley and PuertoWilliams.
    Maecos- you never heard of the business concept of recruiting experience from outside have you? It happens to all the best growing companies and businesses worldwide - hell there is even a damned good falklander in charge of a major NZ Tourist dep! Its all about bringing in external experience of how someone else views and tackles the job.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 01:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (37) mollymauk

    You ask:
    ”Sorry to continue the never-ending repeat of the same old arguments on this forum, but how exactly does this differ from the self-determination rights of some antipodal country taken by force by European settlers some 180 years ago on the mainland of South America??”

    I say:
    It differs in three central points:

    1) The allegiance of the current population of Argentina is to Argentina.
    The allegiance of the current population of Malvinas is to the United Kingdom.

    2) Any holder of a “Falkland Permanent Status”, no matter where from, becomes automatically a British Citizen with the corresponding allegiance to Great Britain.

    3) You are, for all practical purposes a Colony, owned and ruled by the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

    (45) Steveu has apparently never heard of Pink Floyd…. What a Turnip…..

    (49) Doveoverdover should praise himself lucky that the Malvinas are 15,000 km from Albion….. Monty96’s frying pans can’t fly that far……..

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 04:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Headline should have been “Falklands new Tourism managing director comes from the US market”!

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 04:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    “Headline should have been “Falklands new Tourism managing director comes from the US market”!”...Well said.
    If you search American serial killers, Mason is on top of the list, David Edwin Mason and how to forget Charlie Mason.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 05:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    “Dumb” and “Dumber” have taken the posts on here to such distorted position that even Marcos must be feeling left out.

    Chuckle chuckle.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 05:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @55 I am left “comfortably numb” by your comment but you shouldn't “meddle” with things you don't understand or it will be “careful with that axe Eugene”

    Could also be a case of “Us and Them”.....

    Shall I continue

    Goddammit, I taught Dave Gilmour how to play guitar! ;)))))))

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 05:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    “Mason and the FITB believe the Falklands are in a position similar to what the Galapagos Islands were in a few years ago. The FITB says it has a significant education plan ahead designed to stimulate the market.”:
    http://www.travelpulse.com/falkland-islands-tourist-board-targets-north-american-market.html

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 06:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    #55
    You have obviously forgotten or cannot read a simple name
    As far as I can ascertain, there is NO American serial killer called Charles Mason. So to make a feeble point, you manufacture a non-existent serial killer. Well done. Any more faux pas for us to enjoy.
    The man you were trying to refer to was Charles Manson who was a novice compared to Galtieri and his bunch.
    How proud you must be of the comparison.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 06:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Gilmour...
    Not a bad guitarist.....
    Friend of Roger (Malvinas) Waters, i reckon.....
    But absolute nobody beats this Mountie. (Rio 2001)....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c93-UdPz1BI&feature=related

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 06:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    #60
    I had never heard of this Artist before so I had a listen. I got to the end and I was still waiting on him to start playing. If you like the song, fair enough but hardly a great guitarist !

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 06:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    58 Mr Newcomb
    I read your article, I am not sure if Mr Yank Mason wrote that, did the population went down? or perhaps half of the population were living in Europe(like normally do) at the time of such a statement.

    “There are days in the season when the population of the Falklands -- approximately 1,500 -- can be tripled by cruise arrivals”

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  • Steveu

    @61 Agreed

    Don't think DG is particularly matey with RW - they have been in litigation since the 'eighties but did briefly bury their differences for the wonderful performance at Live 8 in 2005 (sadly one of Rick Wright's last gigs with the band).

    I always thought Roger Waters (and Morrissey come to that) were being a bit cynical as they made their comments about the FI (although RW claimed he was somewhat mis-quoted) before kicking off a tour of Argentina. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I just found the timing was a tad opportunistic (to sell more tickets) to say the least.

    Guitarist-wise, I'm more of a Richard Thompson man myself.

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  • Think

    (61) Clyde15

    You say:
    I had never heard of this Artist before so I had a listen

    I say:
    You, Clyde15, had never heard of Neil Young....?
    Well, I'm hardly surprised......
    You are consistent in your ignorance.......

    ”Neil Percival Young,[3] OC,[4] OM[5] (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation.[6]”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Young

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 06:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @61 Clyde15

    Sorry - lack of edit button strikes again.

    I was replying to @60 Think.

    I'll get the hang of this Tinterweb mullarkey eventually!

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 06:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    Pupil 52 Lesson 1 The penguins of Argentina
    The King penguin, also denominated apetonodytis PATAGONICA, you can find it in coasts of Santa Cruz, Chubut, Islas de los Estados, etc of ARGENTINA.
    It seems that everything that is KING, you turn to think is of the monarchy of GREAT BRITAIN, but no, no, no, this penguin is SOUTHAMERICAN.
    Search in google:
    www.pinguinos.com/freeservers.com/
    www.patrimonionatural.com/HTML/especies/aves/pinguinos/descriplospinguinos.asp
    More pingüinos of Argentina: rey, emperador, de barbijo, de Adelia, pico rojo, frente dorada, penacho amarillo y magallánico o patagónico. See in the second page you can find there names in yamana or ona.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 06:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (52) Islander1

    You ask:
    ”Malen- for a start please tell me where in Arg-mainland or on TDF you find King Peguin colonies?”

    For your kind info…..
    A couple of pictures of new established King penguins colonies taken last year in Argentinean/Chilean Tierra del Fuego by a Scandinavian conational……………
    They are coming back dear Islander1…….

    http://www.netfugl.dk/pictures.php?id=showpicture&picture_id=45213
    http://www.netfugl.dk/pictures.php?id=showpicture&picture_id=45213

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 06:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    “It was love at first sight,” said Tony Mason, speaking amid chocolate fountains, flower bouquets and cruise ship brochures at a recent wedding show in this city on the south coast of England”

    What a lovely picture of your new Tourism managing director.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10382347/ns/world_news-europe/t/british-gays-new-law-rings-wedding-bells/

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 07:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @68 and your point is?

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 07:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    66 malen

    No Malen. Adelie penguins and Emperor penguins are not 'penguins of Argentina'. They are penguins of Antarctica. The fact that the great god Google says otherwise does not make it true.
    Google also says that Elvis is still alive and that the holocaust never happened. Its a scary world out there.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 07:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    69 Steveu

    You beat me to it but I guess he'll say something as outrageous as there are no gays in South America. Which would be helpful for him if he did because it would close the gap between him and Dumb and Dumber for the prize of biggest deadbeat on this thread.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 07:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    68 Marcos Alejandro

    It is a lovely picture. What is wrong with you?

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 07:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @9 Don't forget that one of your politicos has suggested feeding “poor” children with pigeons. Not children, you notice. Just “poor” children. Because pigeons are free!
    @12 Pissed again, Twinky? Arithmetic beyond you? But just think. Argieland, the most blood and bone covered genocidal cesspit in the world. Not content with covering the landscape in blood and bone, argie murderers continued their activities, in the tens of thousands, into the latter part of the 20th century. Or later. A country withy blood-stained hands up to their armpits and beyond. Pol Pot would have been proud of you.
    @20 The individuals you mention were from South America. Non-humans.
    @23 But you ain't getting 'em. Let us assure you that we will turn argieland, and argies into cinders before you get the Falkland Islands.
    @27 Did you know that I really want to shove a bayonet down your throat?
    @33 Of course BA is good. You can squat down and crap wherever you like. Then you can rip a piece of cloth off any passing argie and wipe yourself. They love it. And call it “perfume”.
    @36 But you're an implanted, foreign, genocidal, anal piece of sh*te. Explain the justification for your existence.
    @53 I think you've missed a point. You are a bunch of European genocidal conquerors. Are you not proud of this? Which part of murdering, genocidal, conquering, quasi-religious theft do you have a problem with? The shootings with “modern” rifles, the garroting, the crucifixions, the burnings at the stake? Sorry, I forgot. It wasn't you. It was some other argieland. Just like, in '82, it wasn't argieland, it was the junta. You lying, cowardly, fuckless bastards. How much I want to see every fucking useless argie dead. Don't care how. Just want it to be as painful as possible. I want to see and hear 41 million argies dying in agony. Basic principle for argies should that they don't deserve oxygen. Let them die. Children. Women. Other things. There are no “men”.
    @60 “Prat of the day”?

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 07:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @73 and this year's Nobel Peace Prize goes to....

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 07:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    72 Monty69 “What is wrong with you?”
    Let me add, What is wrong with you Brits?

    73 “ I want to see and hear 41 million argies dying in agony. Basic principle for argies should that they don't deserve oxygen. Let them die. Children. Women”

    71 Joe Bloggs
    Dear “Joe”
    The only dumb in here is you that think that I am Mike Bingham :-))

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 08:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    For the record I don't stand by a lot of the things in Conquerer's latest pile of tripe. Hopefully Mercopress will take it off and for those of you in the pro-Argetine camp, I apologise that you have to read it.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 08:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    76 That's ok Joe, when you all leave our islands take Mr Conqueror with you.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 08:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    77 Marcos

    We all get carried away from time to time and say things we couldn't really be proud of but this guys crosses the line too often. He is not a Falkland Islander and he doesn't live here. As far I I know he's never been here.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 08:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    70 Monty The emperador and Adelie penguins seems to live in Argentina also, so yes they are of Argentina and Antártida and they seem not to have sovereignity disputes.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 08:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    I think Mr. Conqueror sound just like MLA Roger Edwards after a few drinks.....

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 08:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Or Mr Bill Luxton without any drinks...

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 08:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    :-)))

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 08:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Malen- do please name me and where they are - some breeding colonies of king penguins on mainland Arg or on Arg TDF then?

    Think - the one pic in Arg is of a sole King in a gentoo colony - he is lost!!! You get the odd one(s) like that turning up all over the place - even in Stanley harbour!
    The group pic i see is in Chilean TDF - question though is are they just a group or are they actaually a new breeding colony of them?
    Maybe there are some somehwere perhaps on Staten Is? Would like to know - and would admit i was wrong! At the moment their only known breeding ground north of South georgia is the Falklands - 2 known breeding colonies

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 09:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    79 malen
    No. Emperors and Adelies do not 'seem to live' in Argentina. They live in Antarctica. Even the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula is becoming too warm for the Adelies and they are being displaced by Gentoos.
    If you think you own Antarctica and that makes all the penguins
    Argentinean, then that is a different issue.

    75 Marcos Alejandro
    Don't add anything. Just answer the question.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 09:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    #64
    You fell for that one pal !! I wanted to see what invective you could come up with -fairly mild considering. I was expecting a tirade a la PH.
    I first heard him with Crosby, Stills and Nash in the late 1960's.
    The music was OK but not particularly to my taste. Musical taste is a personal thing - if it grabs you fine.
    My choice of music would probably do nothing for you.
    I prefer mainly acoustic guitarists such as Duck Baker, Woody Man, Stefan Grossman et al. Music is a wonderful diverse field.
    I am glad to see that you think I am keeping up my high standard of ignorance on important matters. Its difficult but it comes with age to us all !
    In my advanced years I have had to put up with smart arses who peddle crap as truths, as you do. It's water off duck's back so please continue in your usual manner. There's nothing you can say that bothers me.
    Buenos noches a todo.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 10:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    El pingüino emperador (pájaro bobo) nidifica en Antártida, se va a las Shetland, Orcadas, Malvinas, TDF, Santa Cruz. O sea Arg.
    El pingüino adelia se cría en Antártida, Sándwich, Orcadas y Shetland. O sea en Argentina.
    Its clear for me.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 11:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lord Ton

    http://falklandsnews.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/argentina-calls-planned-falklands-referendum-a-parody/

    Gettimg worried ? :-)

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 11:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    Who??? You, because it doesnt serve for nothing....
    sovereignity dispute will continue, self determination cant avoid territorial integrity and so on...

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 11:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/emperor-penguin/
    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/emperor-penguin/

    Nope. Nowhere near Argentina.

    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/emperor-penguin/

    Still nowhere near Argentiana

    Hold on a minute.....

    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/emperor-penguin/

    Apparently, vagrants have turned up near Tierra del Fuego once or twice.

    These penguins aren't going to be much of a tourist draw for you, are they.

    Sep 03rd, 2012 - 11:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (83) Islander1

    You say:
    ”The group pic i see is in Chilean TDF - question though is are they just a group or are they actually a new breeding colony of them?”

    I say:
    I “forgot” that you British are totally monolingual…….. (and unable to use a translator when it doesn't serve your interests)

    The caption of the picture clearly says in Danish (under ”Picture info”):

    ”A wholly new ornitological atraction are a group of King Penguins that has recently taken residence at the bottom of the long fjord (Bahia Inútil, t. n.) between Porvenir (Chile t. n.) and the border city of San Sebastián (Argentina, t. n.)
    Some 100 km from Porvenir, a road turns right to Onaisin. After a couple of km., you will see a big white geodesic tent and a trailer, that’s the new ”Pinguino Rey” visitor center, from where a warden, after due payment of 12,000 Chilean pesos, will guide you to the penguin colony.
    About 90 King Penguins have been counted here and they have, for the first time, been breeding this year (2011, t. n.).”

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 12:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    84 Monty69
    Nothing wrong with me Monty nor with your new Tourism managing director been married with an Englishman.
    Look closely at one of the pictures(pink dress) of the wedding, you will see who is going to do the advertisement.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10382347/ns/world_news-europe/t/british-gays-new-law-rings-wedding-bells/

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 01:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    I see the penguins and the fish agreeing with the concept of territorial integrity with SAm, lovely lovely lovely lovely they dont go to UK, no, no, no

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 09:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • M_of_FI

    Oh malen. You are a gem. I cherish your informative and educational posts.

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 12:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • WestisBest

    @67
    “A couple of pictures of new established King penguins colonies taken last year in Argentinean/Chilean Tierra del Fuego by a Scandinavian conational……………
    They are coming back dear Islander1…….”

    Don't concern yourself Think, it might appear that a growing colony of King penguins makes it look as if Argentina has set the dangerous precedent of actually caring for your environment but I'm sure that your governments policy of exterminating squid stocks will discourage them.

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 04:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    91 Marcos Alejandro

    I have looked closely at the picture.
    I have no interest in your homophobic, narrow and provincial views. If someone wants to wear a frock in their own time then it's no concern of mine.
    The person in the picture to which you refer is not connected to the islands in any way. Even if they were, the only thing that concerns me is whether or not the person is any good at their job.

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 05:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HansNiesund

    @95
    Is the post of CFK impersonator stil vacant?

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 05:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    91 Marcos Alejandro (#)
    Sep 04th, 2012 - 01:56 am

    The “lady” is apparently representing a tourist agency promoting trips to the Americas, certainly Peru, Chile, Ecuador. I don't understand what your problem is, could it be that you don't approve of transvestites?

    Presumably “she” is good at selling the trips as “she” seems to be a very friendly person with a great personality, so if Mr. Mason wants to hire “her” to sell the Falklands Islands adventure to upscale Yanks it seems to me to be great idea, although where you got your information from I don't know, but I'm sure you'll put some sort of link up to prove yourpoint!!!!

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 05:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @92
    Perhaps your fish can take on the Royal Navy then, because after one of your 'give peace a chance' corvettes tried to bully unarmed fishing vessels, a Falkland Islands fishery patrol vessel scared it off.

    1982-Argentine Navy when challenged=impotent.
    2012-Argentine Navy when challenged=impotent.

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 10:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    95 Monty69
    I said “Nothing wrong with me Monty nor with your new Tourism managing director been married with an Englishman”

    Is that consider homophobic in kelperland?
    Not here.

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 01:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HansNiesund

    @99
    If it's not homophobic, why mention it all?

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 08:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    100 Why not?

    Sep 06th, 2012 - 01:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • row82

    Please support this page - Falkland Islands Desire The Right - dedicated to Falkland Islands current affairs, keeping the islands free and poking fun at the lunacy of the Argentine government and their various claims and winding up their Internet trolls - https://www.facebook.com/Britain1592

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 06:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lost1

    Please support this page aimed at promoting Britain's Overseas Territories...

    https://www.facebook.com/BOTUK1

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