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South Georgia releases stamps commemorating former governor Sir Rex Hunt

Monday, August 26th 2013 - 07:40 UTC
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South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are currently promoting the release of a set of stamps commemorating the life of the former Falklands and dependencies governor Sir Rex Hunt. The release of the stamps on June 11 coincided with a memorial service for Sir Rex Hunt at St Clement Danes, the Central Church of the Royal Air Force, London. Read full article


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  • Pete Bog

    When did that Wasp crash?

    Aug 26th, 2013 - 01:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    @ PB from the article, it seems December 1981. Those film makers were in S Georgia during the Argentine occupation.

    I never knew that Elephant Seals issued stamps.

    Aug 26th, 2013 - 04:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands website for news:

    Aug 26th, 2013 - 05:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Thanks John for showing so much interest for the Argentinean islands.

    Aug 26th, 2013 - 11:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    @4 Claimed by Argentina in 1927 (just as it started to decline) so HM Queen Elizabeth is older than Argentina's claim, and unless I am very much mistaken Captain James Cook RN, Yorkshireman, whose expedition made the first landing, was not Argentinian.

    However, after the food riots break out in Argentina, South Georgia might end up with a larger population.

    Aug 27th, 2013 - 01:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Escoses Doido

    Only argentinian on the back of your passport.


    Aug 27th, 2013 - 02:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RedBaron

    Aircraft XT418 crashed 12 December 1981.
    For crash report visit:

    Aug 27th, 2013 - 05:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    @5 Ed

    They'd have to be a bit careful on SG though, I know that the demining of the Falkland Islands is proceeding at a steady pace but I've heard nothing about South Georgia, other than that there were definitely mines there (albeit frozen solid) in 1982.

    It would be unfortunate if the South Georgian population explosion turned out to be rather more literal than metaphorical...

    Aug 27th, 2013 - 08:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    Is interesting that while Argentina and most other Spanish-speaking media will lable The Falkland Islands as Islas Malvinas, seems that there isn't any other name for SGSSI in Spanish, so they are 'Islas Georgias del Sur y Sandwich del Sur”.

    Aug 27th, 2013 - 09:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    @8 Rufus. Well let's hope the Botox Queen offers herself for the task of clearance, talking of eradicating vermin and pests, one can follow up the success of Operation Paraquet in ridding South Georgia of non-native pests by sponsoring the eradication of Rattus Norvegicus it is a bit steep at £90 a hectare.

    @9 John Grytviken presumably is rather harder to render into a fake Spanish name, 'Bahía Puchero', and 'Sandwich' seems to be hard for many native Spanish-speakers to pronounce, with no sensible translation possible, just one of those quirks.

    Perhaps if King Juan Carlos of Spain goes to South Georgia to shoot an Elephant Seal, Argentina will claim it as the 'heirs' of Spain.

    Aug 27th, 2013 - 09:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @9 I agree that it is interesting. Especially as South Georgia was originally named “the Isle of Georgia” in honour of King George III. And the South Sandwich Islands were named in honour of the 4th Earl of Sandwich, First Lord of the Admiralty. Another interesting point is the Tordesillas Line. Argieland likes to use the Treaty of Tordesillas as its basis for a claim to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Unfortunately, for argieland, both South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are EAST of the Tordesillas Line. And that would be the Portuguese section. Shame that, innit? And so argieland fails yet again. Even when they think they can make the “rules”.

    Aug 27th, 2013 - 10:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jwolf

    I'd like to see the British make an attempt to establish at least a tiny civilian presence on South Georgia so that its inhabitants can then bolster the claim for self determination. I know there's a married couple that run the museum there part time, one would think someone could make a fortune starting an ecotourism lodge there or something as well. Maybe a handful or tourism shops and a pub would make a killing there as well. Not sure how many small cruise vessels visit but probably enough to sustain a small population.....

    Aug 27th, 2013 - 04:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • inthegutter

    #4 That's pathetic even for you Marcos.

    Seriously, what even close to reasonable claim does Argentina have to SG and the SS islands?

    Given your inability to answer any of my previous questions I'm not expecting an answer. Face it, you've been constantly manipulated, seemingly from birth, that you have the right to ruin the lives of thousands of peoples lives based on a spurious claim from almost 200 years ago.

    Aug 28th, 2013 - 03:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob


    In 1955/56 the UK went to the UN ICJ over the Falkland Dependencies and Argentina's ridiculous claims to sovereignty of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Argentina's response was to say that refused to respond or recognise the jurisdiction of the court.

    Proves beyond reasonable doubt that Argentina's claims are totally unfounded.

    Aug 28th, 2013 - 02:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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