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Foreign Office flies Gibraltar flag on Rock’s Day; last June 14 it was the Falklands’ flag

Monday, September 10th 2012 - 01:25 UTC
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The Foreign Office will fly the Gibraltar flag on Monday, National Day in its building along Whitehall. Foreign Office ministers David Lidington and Mark Simmonds, respectively the ministers for Europe and the Overseas Territories, have said they welcome the raising of the Gibraltar Flag over the FCO in Whitehall to mark Gibraltar Day. Read full article


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  • Lord Ton

    Hurrah !

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 02:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Hurrah !
    Another bastion of British colonial the 21st century.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 04:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lord Ton

    Another people of a Non-self Governing Territory exercising their freedom of self-determination :-)

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 05:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    An evergreen

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 05:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    @2: hurrah! All of south america is populated by implanted european populations at the expense of the locals, yay!

    Hurrah! Gibraltar was legally given to the UK for all time and there's nothing Spain can do about it now, yay!

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 07:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @4 Marrying your cousin is a bad idea. Now, where have I heard that said before? Oh yes, I haven't but we have it on good independent authority that in 1991 it was a military offence to impute it somewhere else close to our hearts.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 08:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    6 I hear old think is taking you away on holiday with him. Something about keeping his hands warm.......

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 08:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @7 Uhm, not a bad idea. Join us and keep your brain cell engaged.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 08:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    Quite funny Think, been saving it up?

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 08:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • J.A. Roberts

    Oh well done Think. You found a British standup comedian taking the mick out of the British, not very hard to be honest, they are two a penny. I just tried to see if I could find an Argie standup comedian taking the piss out of Argentina or even better, la princesa botoxica Kretina.... but I couldn't find one. Perhaps you could volunteer? You have such a droll wit...

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 09:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • agent999

    You don't need to find a comedian - their fearless leader manages to do that.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 09:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    Part one orders the Practice of Cousin jokes will cease. :)

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 09:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @ 10 It is the nationalistic brainwashing. A nationalist cannot tolerate criticism and considers it an insult (as TTT demonstrates so well), so making jokes at their own expense is unlikely.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 10:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @10 JA Roberts

    I think a nation that is at ease with itself is more than capable of making fun of itself. And of course, the opposite is true.......

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 10:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    Ahh poor old dufferuptheduff sounds a bit lonely. Why not give BK a shot, he's still available for intercourse.... so I hear.

    Argentina hasn't reached that level of maturity. What I like about Argentinians is that they take themselves so seriously and are so easy to wind up.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 11:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    What a weird collection these BOT's are, I mean “Sovereign Base Areas”, come on!

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 01:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EnginnerAbroad


    To correct and enlighten you. I was actually born on a Sovereign Base Area in 1984 in West Germany. If I had not I would of been classed as German Citizen and not a British One even though both my parents are British. Many of these used to be BMH or British miliatry Hospitals. The SBA's that allow service men/women and their familys to live udner British law and not foreign law which is very importent especially in areas where British Law protects freedoms which may not necessarly be in the host nation.

    Many of these areas still exisit in the former West Germany and are used as training grounds.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 02:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @17 Very authoritatively stated but, possibly inaccurate.

    As I understand it, SBAs are a function of the relinquishment of sovereignty over the surrounding territory. In Germany is still a matter of the Status of Forces Agreement: the Allies never claimed sovereignty only administrative powers. In Cyprus on the other hand, UK retained, by agreement, sovereignty over ESBA and WSBA.

    Should FI ever opt for Independence and be granted it by UK, MPA and Mare Harbour might also become SBAs under the terms of a secession agreement. Of course, Argentina would be likely not to recognise either and neither might the rest of Latin America. Interestingly, this would create something of a localised parallel with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 03:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Furry-Fat-Feck

    @16 British_Kirchnerist (#)

    If you think of it like an embassy it shouldn't hurt your brain too much.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 03:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EnginnerAbroad


    Thank you I was aware that the SBA are a function of the relinquishment of sovereignty over the sorrounding area. It was my impression they operated very similar to the way in which embassy, consulates and foreign missions operate i.e. within the fenceline so to say they are considered under the law of the nation and not the host nation.

    Possibily just badly stated but thank you for the clarrification.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 03:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @20 Fair enough. The tax free gin and tonics tasted exactly the same in both.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 03:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EnginnerAbroad

    @21 always remember my parents loading up on gin and brandy from the NAFI and also buying me childrens toys from the local American PX.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 03:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @22 You've hit my nostalgia(When I) button....
    Thinking about it, in Germany if a crime was committed by a non-Brit/SOFA individual on a base or training area it was investigated under German jurisdiction. On the SBAs everyone was fair game for the regulators of the SBP, RAF P&SS and RMP SIB.

    Sure the spirits weren't for you and the toys for Dad like they were in my day?

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 04:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EnginnerAbroad

    @23 well a drop of brandy in my milk bottle was used when teething. And of course being pulled througth the snow on a sledge to the Shnelly for a free frankfurter lol.

    I was once told my Dad when I was older that there was a kind of unoffical rule on the SBA-s that a crime commited on the abse by a Brit was usual dealt with RMP's however if a crime was commited outside the base they woulkd nomaly be turned over to gemany police for serious matters but minor matters they were usualy happy to let RMPs deal with it knowing that milatry justice was usual stricter than the civilan version. But I was only young when i lived there.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 04:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    One things for sure,
    The Foreign Office
    Will never fly the argie flag,

    And you don’t even have to think on it .lol

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 06:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @16 Martin Garcia Island. An argie enclave inside Uruguay. A “nature reserve” with office buildings for the “Commission” and an airport suitable for any aircraft. Come on! An argie base for attacks on Uruguay!

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 06:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    And they should give it back to Uruguay,
    damm thieves.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 07:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Malvinero1

    16 Martin Garcia Island. An argie enclave inside Uruguay. A “nature reserve” with office buildings for the “Commission” and an airport suitable for any aircraft. Come on! An argie base for attacks on Uruguay!
    27 briton (#)
    Sep 10th, 2012 - 07:09 pm
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    And they should give it back to Uruguay,
    damm thieves.
    AHAHAHHA DO not worry pricks.Uruguay and Argentina will become one.And the brits pirates kicked out from the SA....together with lordy!

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 07:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 2012

    jejeje and ..... Viva Las Vegas USA ....
    for Prince Harry unrestrained sex indulgence

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 07:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Official. You heard it here. Argentina will take over Uruguay.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 07:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @30 I have heard that kind of sentiment from porteños, though not quite so blatant. They tend to talk about Uruguay as if it is just an extension of Argentina.

    I haven't heard it in other parts of Argentina.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 08:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    That is why this summer Cameron and Nick visited Spain on their holidays and totally ignored Gibraltar.....ummmm

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 08:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • David Cameron

    Thirty years after the end of the Falklands War, Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has launched a diplomatic campaign to gain control of the islands of such breathtaking hypocrisy she makes Jimmy Carr look like Martin Bell.At the UN, in the breaks of the latest G20 summit, every time she opens her mouth it seems, she’s been accusing Britain of naked colonialism.. demanding we hand the islands, and the 3000 British citizens who live there, over to her.Colonialism – that’s rich, coming from a country of European immigrants whose national policy has been to wipe out all trace of the people they snatched it from.I spent three months there during the Falklands War. Lovely food. Strange there are no black or brown people.Argentina’s 97% white, according the census.Wonder what happened to the Indian tribes who once flourished on the Pampas? Well, what do you know; they were deliberately exterminated in a series of genocidal military operations in the 19th century.Wonder what happened to those strange little folk Darwin found down in Tierra del Fuego? “Short, round, oily creatures, four feet fully grown, mostly stark naked despite the intense cold, with a curious talent for mimicry”, was how he described them. Not anymore. They were declared vermin and a pound was paid for every decapitated head.Wonder what happened to all those black African slaves – more than a third of Argentina’s population at one time. Let me tell you. Thousands upon thousands of black men were forcibly recruited into the army, packed into the front line, deliberately used as cannon fodder in bloody campaigns against the natives and the neighbours. The black women and children either succumbed to disease or were simply assimilated into the floods of Italian and Spanish incomers. Inevitably, it all goes horribly wrong at regular intervals and they have to find a way of distracting the mob on the street.
    Says it all really.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 09:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 2012

    @ 33 David Kamoron
    Prince Harry helicopter (chop) is named Apache as a reminder that the USA killed Apache indians.
    Prince Harry support the killing in the Middle East....with his Apache named helicopter
    Prince Harry likes the USA decision to kill thousands of Apache indians and pilot his “chop” with the name of Apache indians killed by the USA.
    Of course, Prince Harry don't care about the name Apache.
    He loves Las Vegas NV USA wild parties!

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 09:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Viva Argentina

    Kamoron is a wimp!
    Prince Harry another wimp!

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 10:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    28 Malvinero1

    two become one.??

    just like the spice girls no doubt lol.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 10:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #17 et all The arrangements for your birthplace in West Germany are all well and good, yes its similar to embassies, thats actually why the situation in Cyprus, where unlike all the others they are classified as a BOT, strikes me as odd. Could there be an imperialist explanation perhaps??

    Sep 11th, 2012 - 12:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lord Ton

    Err - No ..... just a militarist one. When the military leave Cyprus the land will go to the Government(s) there !

    Sep 11th, 2012 - 02:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Malvinero1

    28 Malvinero1

    two become one.??It is going to the natural state for the former viceroyalty....

    And comming from is a garantee of lies!!
    Simple, it’s called guilt by assocaition, or more commonly the standard Lefttard tactic of if you fling enough shit, some will eventually stick. The left and their warming alarmists comrades call us Climate Change Deniers, the link being with Holocaust denial. Quite where they get off linking the greatest human tradegy of the 20th Century with a disbelief in junk science, is anyone’s guess.

    Enough is enough, we pay for the BBC, we pay this idiot Buerk’s salary:

    Sep 11th, 2012 - 03:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    Malvinero @ 28
    Argentina and Uruguay will never become one. Our accents, music and football may seem similar to foreigners, but we are completely different and always have been. One day in the not-too-distant future, if the population of Argentina comes to its senses, you, Malvinero, may well find yourself seeking political asylum in Uruguay, like so many of your fellow-countrymen in the past.

    Sep 11th, 2012 - 05:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    The cypriot sovereign base areas regualrly annoy the greek cypriot goverment the main road is properly maintained and policed by cypriot soverign base area police. Which has great fun fining tourists and local farmers who seem to think rules dont apply.
    Tourists speeding not wearing motorbike helmets.
    Farmers driving without lights or stupidly overloaded loads

    Sep 11th, 2012 - 08:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @41 Doubly so since the Sovereign Base Police includes Turkish Cypriots resident in the TRNC.

    Sep 11th, 2012 - 08:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    if camaron cuts any more from our military, then cyprus will be in danger,

    im greatly surprised that we have not sold ot off to the Americans or the inmighty EU.

    Sep 11th, 2012 - 01:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    SBA police, remember them well, buggers always use to hide behind bushes on the main drag leading up to Akrotiri, with their speed guns! Ah happy memories.

    Sep 16th, 2012 - 03:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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