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Falklands' veteran Simon Weston launches book on “My Life; My Story”

Monday, October 5th 2015 - 19:23 UTC
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Simon Weston: My Life; My Story, Chequer Mead, East Grinstead, Friday, October 16, 7.30pm, £15 (£13), 01342 302000, Simon Weston: My Life; My Story, Chequer Mead, East Grinstead, Friday, October 16, 7.30pm, £15 (£13), 01342 302000,

A Falklands' war veteran who survived the bombing of his ship when most of those on board were killed takes to the stage to tell the story of his life. In “My Life; My Story”, which comes to East Grinstead's Chequer Mead on Friday, October 16, Simon Weston OBE, will share truths about the conflict, the day the RFA Sir Galahad was attacked and the impact the event and its consequences have had since.

 On April 2, 1982, Argentina invaded the Falklands Islands, with the aim of recapturing them through a claim that it had inherited the Islands from Spain in the 19th century.

The Islands, which had been controlled by Great Britain for nearly 150 years, became a battleground.

In one of the most horrific moments of the conflict, the RFA Sir Galahad was bombed, killing 48 servicemen and leaving few survivors, including Simon.

He said: “If I was just to tell Falklands' story, it would be very dark, very sad, very soon. I don't just want to tell the sad, mad and bad.

”The reality of life is when everything around you is going to hell and back, people need to say funny things. The situation becomes easier to deal with”.

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  • Conqueror

    Interesting points in this article.

    Here are some points about acquisition of sovereignty.

    Can anybody see “inheritance”? I can't. But then the spanish conquerors and occupiers of south american land have lots of little “special” legal features to make their nazi-like conquest seem legitimate. In reality, most latam states should learn what it's like to be conquered. And then moved to somewhere where they would have to struggle to survive. Latams could be moved to a defined area on the Arctic pack ice. Properly defined by minefields designed to break the appropriate section of the pack ice free to move out into the Atlantic, melt and drown the unwanted.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 08:01 pm 0
  • Vestige

    I feel sorry for the guy, but he can't possibly have objective opinions on the politics of the situation at this stage. Highly biased.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 11:46 pm 0
  • LEPRecon

    @2 Vestige

    He doesn't need to have objective opinions on the situation. He's seen the situation at first hand. Unlike you, and your political paymasters at La Campora, Mr Weston has visited the Falklands, spoken to the people who live there.

    And most importantly, in 1982, when your nasty, murderous Junta, cheered on by millions of Argentines, had invaded the Islands threatening to ethnically cleanse them, Mr Weston and his comrades were willing to put their lives on the line to rescue the Falkland Islanders.

    He paid a high price, some of his friends made the ultimate sacrifice. Yet he, and those veterans of the Falklands War all agree on one thing. It was worth it to save the Falkland Islanders from the brutality of the Argentine regime.

    And it is still worth, if necessary, to make the same sacrifices protect the Falkland Islands from the brutality of the current Argentine regime, and any future one.

    Must burn, Vestige, knowing that despite all of the Argentine taxpayers money your government has spent, trying to buy opinions, and putting very expensive ads in papers etc... you are no nearer to stealing the Falklands. All you get is empty phrases of supposed support from your 'brothers' in LATAM, whilst at the same time your 'brothers' laugh at you behind your backs and do business as usual with the Falkland Islands.

    There is a saying, Vestige, that you and your government should learn by heart: Actions speak louder than words.

    All Argentina has is empty words. Lots of them, admittedly, but still empty.

    Whereas the Falkland Islands and the UK have lots of actions that support them.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 05:06 am 0
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