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A year that will go down in Falklands history

Thursday, December 24th 2020 - 09:15 UTC
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For many people, 2020 has been a year they would like to forget. But it’s a year that will go down in Falklands history for one very positive reason. Read full article


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  • Think


    Good thing having “The Crown” on your side...

    Dec 24th, 2020 - 09:34 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Jo Bloggs

    Good speech, Prime Minister. I for one, am a very grateful Falkland Islander who is both delighted and proud of what we’ve achieved and received this year. ...and congratulations on managing the EU trade deal.

    Dec 24th, 2020 - 10:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Boris'es misses again...

    Dec 24th, 2020 - 12:42 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Jo Bloggs

    Poor old Think.

    As much as you try to convince everyone that the land mines weren’t laid by the Argentine Government, you know they were.

    As much as you think your government is putting the UK under pressure about the Falklands, you know they aren’t because the sad reality is that on the global stage the UK is still a key player, and Argentina is still an embarrassment.

    As much as you were praying for the UK to leave the EU without a deal, you know it isn’t going to happen.

    ...and as much as you think Mercopress readers think you think they think that Argentina is finally on the cusp of a breakthrough over the Falkland Islands, you know that everybody knows you don’t think it to be the case.

    Have a happy Christmas you silly old fool.

    Chuckle chuckle

    Dec 24th, 2020 - 03:25 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Pugol-H

    Interesting to note the impending deal includes the BOT’s.

    So much for Argy lobbying of the EU.

    Argentina ignored again.

    Dec 24th, 2020 - 03:35 pm - Link - Report abuse +7
  • Think

    Mr. Jo Bloggs...
    I see that your Paranoid Island Siege Mentality is blooming again...
    Just for the record let me point that...:

    1) I have NEVER try to convince no-one that the Malvinas/Falklands land mines weren’t laid by the Argentine government..., because they obviously were...

    2) I doThink that my government is putting the UK under some pressure about the Malvinas/Falklands issue..., and I am completely in favour of it...

    3) I have always wished the UK to leave the EU... That has happened about one year ago... :-)
    I have also wished the UK to leave the EU without a deal... This seems not to be happening...
    Bit dissapointing but..., life goes on...:-)

    4) Humble me just Thinks that Argentina is again on the right political..., economic and diplomatic path in respect of the Malvinas/Falklands issue... No more..., no less...


    Dec 24th, 2020 - 04:13 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Jo Bloggs

    Poor old Think.
    Chuckle Chuckle

    I'd like to wish all at Mercopress and its readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'll see you again briefly in January before I take my customary 6-8+ months off from it.

    Dec 24th, 2020 - 06:35 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Livepeanuts

    Argentina has failed in her jealous: “you are mine or nobodies!”
    Argentina till today tries to enforce in the UN its veto on development of the Falklands as it used to do before 1982 forcing these people in to stagnation.
    Now the Islands are a territory of the UK as part of the UK that is no longer possible.
    There would be a revolution if anybody tried to implement the old Argentine veto on fishing and oil etc so it is time Argentina grew up and accepted this. Argentina put all this to the guns and the guns have spoken.

    Dec 24th, 2020 - 08:27 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • darragh

    OK Think I'll bite. You stated “Argentina is again on the right political..., economic and diplomatic path in respect of the Falklands issue”

    Please explain:-

    a) What is the right political path that Argentina is following and who is taking any notice of it.

    b) What is the right economic path that Argentina is following and who is taking any notice of it

    c) What is the right diplomatic path that Argentina is following and who is taking any notice of it.

    To all in the Falkland Islands I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

    Dec 24th, 2020 - 11:45 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • downunder

    It looks as if Boris is getting his mojo back!

    The Argentine government's attempt to inject itself into the Brexit negotiations has come to nothing, as expected. The current Argentine government is an embarrassment to itself and Argentina.

    Argentina would be well advised to mind its own business, and leave international diplomacy to the grown ups. Faux outrage and diversions will only work for so long, sooner of later the Argentine will have to get honest and face up to its own, not inconsiderable, problems.

    Where to next, more huffing and puffing on the home front perhaps?

    Dec 25th, 2020 - 10:22 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • DemonTree

    Just popping in to say Happy Christmas everyone!

    Dec 25th, 2020 - 12:41 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Chicureo


    Christmas Greetings Peace on Earth and good for your family!

    Our entire extended family celebrated Christmas Eve feast in Chicureo and having the all the grandchildren laugh in enjoyment was the greatest gift for us.

    In a way, this virus lockdown was the unanticipated positive catalyst to firmly unite our entire motley gypsy clan together for one unique memorable evening.)

    Have a remaining wonderful Christmas day!

    Dec 25th, 2020 - 05:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think


    WELL..., WELL..., WELL..

    Seems to be..., that the beloved EU-UK No-Tariff deal..., does NOT cover NO BOT's...:-)))

    Think is happy...
    Chuckle..., chuckle...

    Dec 26th, 2020 - 10:52 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Skip

    Aaaah chuckle indeed.

    The reason?

    The EU doesn't believe it has the right to negotiate for EU overseas countries and territories.

    And this extends to the UK.

    In other words, BOTs have their own right to do this.

    Seems the EU believes in the right of self-determination.... uh oh!

    Dec 27th, 2020 - 02:46 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Think

    Geeee..., Skippy, the bush kangaroo...

    Interesting that Oceanians are better informed than them Anglo Turnips... :-))) ...:

    Now we Argies are just waiting for the EU to accept our petition to consider the South Atlantic Archipelagos of Malvinas..., Georgias..., y Sangüich del Sur as a “Disputed Conflict Zone”..., not as a Brutish Overseas Colonial Territory...


    Dec 27th, 2020 - 09:28 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Judge Jose

    Just because a country wants something they cant have does not make it a conflict zone,
    the Falklands in time will become an independent country , the EU will not get involved, Spain,France and the Netherlands all have overseas territories,
    Happy new year to all Mercosur thread posters.

    Dec 27th, 2020 - 12:57 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Think

    Call me “auld Fashioned” but...

    - With over 130 Countries represented at the UN..., having repeatedly petitioned and signed for the resolution of the Malvinas/Falklands contentious issue..., we do Think it is quite appropriate to call the said South Atlantic archipelagos for a “Disputed Conflict Zone”...


    Dec 27th, 2020 - 02:22 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    ...Perhaps the World should instead declare Argentina as an ECONOMIC DISASASTER ZONE...

    Yesterday, at our fête — your country's perilous situation was discussed, by people far more sympathetic than myself.

    Mention was made of the recent interview with Javier Milei — that I would appreciate your interesting commentary.

    As you know, I actually like your country and even have friends there.

    Milei points out that Argentina has now a 50% poverty rate and current investment of PBI is sadly only 10%. (He also mentions why Argentina rejected joining with Chile to purchase COVID vaccines.)


    Dec 27th, 2020 - 04:34 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    Don't even need to look at your linkeed material...

    Milei is a bad, underdeveloped Argentinean showbiz version of Yank showbiz Tucker Carlson with a sprinkle of Yank showbiz Alex Jones...

    Just your type...


    Dec 27th, 2020 - 05:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    So, in other words, you're confirming Milei's dire assessment of your county experiencing another severe economic depression...

    Personally, I found his 50% poverty rate shocking — but the 28% unemployment rate is what is publicly being reported.


    Dec 27th, 2020 - 05:28 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    Of course I do confirm that my County is experiencing another severe economic depression..., hermanito...!

    Ain't we all experiencing a severe economic depression..., hermanito...?

    But I do not need a Showbiz Clown that labels himself as an ***“Anti-State /Anarcho-Capitalist ”*** to tell me that...

    Do you...?

    Dec 27th, 2020 - 06:18 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    I did not mean to poke you with a sharp stick in referring to what I thought was an interesting interview of Javier Milei with one of your revered newspapers.

    As you remember, I have a friend in San Juan who I frequently converse with and his perspective is that things are still declining in his area.

    According to him, your county's only current hope is a massive world economic reset and agrees that it's why cyber currency is at historic highs. (I do not own one Bitcoin — but it's value is remarkable.)

    Am I paranoid — or is it infact that there is a movement to reset world economic inequality?


    Dec 27th, 2020 - 07:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    The movement to reset world economic inequality started with a communist from Nazareth and got a nice dedicated song some 150 years ago...


    Dec 27th, 2020 - 07:39 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    The negative rating is not from me, but certainly it's rankled a few readers...

    Typically when someone starts preaching about economic inequality — I'm reminded of the altrustic pigs in Orwell's 'Animal Farm'

    Anyway, a very nice tune — but I hope we do not see it return in popularity...

    Dec 28th, 2020 - 02:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • downunder

    Argentina may think that Brexit and the UK/EU free trade deal will benefit its territorial ambitions in the Falklands/South Atlantic, but this is just another sad delusion.

    The UN does not support Argentina’s sovereignty claim and, just because member nations pay lip service to motherhood statements like ‘peaceful resolution of conflicts,’ it does not mean that they support Argentina’s claim either. Why should they? Argentina’s campaign to annex the Falklands against the wishes of the Islanders is illegal as well as immoral.

    Under UN law, the Islanders have a right to self-determination.

    No civilised country is going to provide Argentina with any meaningful assistance in its quest to usurp the Falkland. So, as always it comes down to just one – Argentina and right from the start, it has never been able to have and hold the Falklands.

    If Argentina had applied an enlightened more nuanced policy towards its tiny neighbour, the circumstances today could have been quite different with both countries benefitting from cooperation, but it was not to be. Argentina’s intransigence and bullying has created a dangerous situation where the UK is required to maintain a military presence in the Islands to ensure security for the Islanders and peace in the South Atlantic.

    The Argentine government may indulge itself by playing fantasy island games, appoint bogus officials to ‘administer’ the Falklands and issue press releases about the goings on in the Islands but, besides being weird, this behaviour is also destructive. It only hardens attitudes in the Falklands and the UK and frightens Argentina’s other neighbours. Who wants to live next door to a nut case?

    So for the foreseeable future, the Falklands will continue to prosper, Argentina will continue to behave like a petulant teenager and it will be business as usual.

    Dec 28th, 2020 - 07:19 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    Me dear Shilean “Pinochleon's Piglet”...

    I Think that..., your ankylized monovalent arguments would benefit from some reading about the ambivalent nature of that good Engrishman author that certainly inspires but surely fails short in showing the polivalence of the Nazarene's concepts...


    Dec 28th, 2020 - 09:35 am - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    Thank you for sharing a well written treatise on selected UK authors — with an excellent analysis of Orwell.

    It took a while to read as I was only aware of his 'Animal Farm' and '1984' — but was fascinated with his history.

    I thought the part regarding 'Animal Farm' was indeed what I had read about the novel backstory. (Including the piglet reference...)

    You never cease to surprise me.


    Dec 28th, 2020 - 09:29 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
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    Dec 29th, 2020 - 02:57 am - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Think

    Midge... ;-)

    Dec 29th, 2020 - 08:18 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Chicureo

    We awoke this morning at dawn and ma mariée challenged me to an extended hike into the dry hillsides at a brisk pace until we broke a sweat and then returned energized for the morning.

    There is nothing better than celebrating the day as it begins with the sun rising over the Andes with another splendid new Summer's day that holds such great promise.

    Returning to our home — Madame made a classic Dutch pancake which was accompanied with a Baileys coffee.

    I have previously highlighted the current quandary about Sweden refusing to lock its country down — by allowing its citizens to live freely. Businesses, schools and restaurants have been allowed to remain open — and masks are rarely used. Current WHO statistics show Sweden's mortality rate to BELOW the European average.

    When this parallax result is mentioned — the obvious irony is completely ignored.

    Something similar can be seen today in Florida, where the governor there has allowed his state to completely reopen — while we see a complete stark opposite COVID enforcement approach, especially in New York City where its famed attractions and restaurants have been closed with BILLIONS of dollars in lost revenues.

    This COVID19 has supposedly has become more dangerous and requires us to yield our basic freedoms to embrace more enforced governmental control — while TRILLIONS of dollars are lost during this enormous economic reset.

    Now there is serious discussion of mandatory “vaccination passports” and that restrictions may have to stay in place until April.

    In my opinion, all of this is insane and carries the hallmarks of previous historical panics — where the public was convinced by manipulated media.

    Obviously the virus is dangerous and I encourage everyone to voluntarily vaccinate, but this idiotic pandemic hysteria overreaction is infuriating.


    Dec 29th, 2020 - 12:36 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    Inform yourself..., hermanito..

    New..., much stricter Swedish Pandemic Legislation to be valid from the 10th of January 2021...:

    That's one of the positive traits of me Viking tribe...
    When re-visited by our slain warriors..., of ANY battle..., we listen...

    BTW..., Ligurian breakfast..:
    Six biscotti del Lagaccio spalmati di burro... (salato)
    Three tazzine da caffè espresso classico... ( 80% Robusta, 20% Arabica)
    Basta così...

    Dec 29th, 2020 - 04:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    Thanks for sharing the link.

    (According to the coffee label— our roasted beans are 100% Colombian Arabia.)

    Although I can't hide my envy of your culinary heaven — you should consider the Swedish irony.

    The IRONY that even when you include the latest fatalities in Sweden — the country still has a LOWER mortality rate than the European average.

    That was accomplished with Swedes maintaining a normal life — keeping their schools, restaurants and businesses OPEN yet not wearing the oppressive mandatory face masks.

    Here in Chile, the government has placed ourselves into phase 2 restrictions as they are frightened by a deadly second COVID wave.

    (And yes, I remember your warning.)

    Returning to breakfast pancakes — have you ever tried ebelskivers? My daughter-in-law prepared them Christmas morning.


    Dec 29th, 2020 - 04:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    I “consider” the Swedish criminal negligence..., hermanito...

    The CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE of the Country having a excess mortality that is more than TEN TIMES HIGHER THAN THE OTHER VIKING CLANS TO THE NORTH..., EAST..., WEST AND SOUTH...


    Æbleskiver..., huhhhhhh...?
    Teuton family from the Bremen-Kiel-Hamburg area..., perhaps....?
    Does She travel with the right implement...?!?

    Dec 29th, 2020 - 05:19 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    Not trying to antagonize you, but I greatly admire the Swedish health ministry's brave independence. Perhaps their Scandinavian neighbors are more accustomed to living like trolls — but the Swedes have achieved a lower mortality rate than the majority of Europe.

    Referring to Danish Æbleskiver pancakes, our daughter-in-law used Madame's unique pan — which she purchased Miami.

    I also have a dangerous near-addiction to Danish style pastry — especially the Spandauer, as well as the cream cheese filled varieties.

    Although she's is probably of 90% ethnic Teutonic, we were told many of her ancestors emigrated to Chile from the mid-1800s to prior to WWI. Our consuegros are typical of the diaspora, belonging to the Club Manquehue and sending their children to the Deutsche Schule.

    As I've earlier mentioned — sadly none of our grandchildren are to attend the Grange.

    Meanwhile, we've concluded that we have far more freedom here than in Viña and although we could escape to the farm — it really makes no sense either.


    Dec 29th, 2020 - 06:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Fkuck the “Rest of Europe”...
    This is SCANDINAVIA...


    Dec 29th, 2020 - 06:58 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    Coming now to the end of another perfect day.

    I still do not understand the content of your video attached regarding Sparta.

    This evening's fare is beef carpaccio—although our version of the Italian antipasti —thin lean sirloin slices macerated in olive oil and lemon, adorned with basil and shavings of a mild goat cheese with capers.

    Obviously with a sourdough baguette.

    As it's the holiday season, I've pulled a cork of a '89 Santa Rita Merlot which alone is a time capsule of history.


    Dec 29th, 2020 - 09:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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