Tuesday, 25 April
World Penguin Day 2017
Taken in January of 2012, this is me on East Falkland with a large wild Penguin colony.
When it comes to SECURITY, a Royal Air Force Typhoon Fighter does a good job at protecting the skies from the aggressor.
Taken by me on UK operations somewhere in the world sometime ago.
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Taken on the 23rd Feb 2017 on departure from Dubai International Airport on route to the Maldives
Just breaking the early morning smog that hangs over the city with the Burj Khalifa in the distance
Camera: Samsung S5 Phone
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Booked with Travelbag in the UK
Flights with Emirates
Once again Meeru continues to deliver its legendary service to new and repeat visitors alike.
Easy and quick, 30 minute wait for all the passengers to get their luggage and then a one hour speedboat ride ahead.
Greeted by drums on arrival and a member of staff with our names on a board which gives us the express arrival option as we were repeat visitors.
Again this year a few minor issues which we had to contact reception with during our stay. Sadly, service is still a little hit and miss, you may get somebody more than willing to help you or somebody who doesn’t really inspire confidence that your issue will be sorted. Promising to call somebody back should mean they get called back not sat by the phone waiting for a call that never comes.
This trip we were allocated 107 “Jacuzzi Beach Villa”. I had once again contacted the island prior to arrival with my room request. Good accommodation although as I mentioned last year, the Jacuzzi is looking very worn now, sagging in the middle, buttons worn, pump that takes 10 seconds to kick in and obvious repairs.
Apart from that, these are good rooms on our preferred beach location.
Kept very clean and tidy. There was some bad weather during our stay which caused quite a lot of leaf fall, this was cleaned swiftly at the first opportunity along with the sea grass that washes up on the shoreline.
Had 3 treatments this time around and they were perfect! Go on treat yourself.
This is where Meeru exceeds expectations. Bar staff in the main are attentive and happy to chat. Mirfan our waiter in the restaurant was again great!
We ate in the newly opened Farivaru restaurant which has more space and a new servery. Food choice was excellent if slightly down on last year but a fantastic choice nevertheless.
Meeru is a great island and its easy to see why so many people choose to return. This being our fourth trip, it seems easy to be more critical of the island and only for this reason will this likely to be our last visit for some time. Would be ever go back, yeah for sure, but its time for a break
Its been a few weeks since my last blog entry as yet again Ive been out in the Maldives.
Consequently this weeks post is an easy one.
Taken by me on the 28th Feb 2017 on a Samsung S5.
The photo shows the two stones we picked out before a Spa treatment for the two of us.
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All photo’s and videos taken by me during one of my trips to the Falkland Islands.
2 Para overcame the odds in the battle against a fairly well dug in set of Argentine forces who also had the advantage in numbers.
The Battle of Goose Green (28–29 May 1982) was an engagement between British and Argentine forces during the Falklands War. Goose Green and its neighbouring settlement Darwin on East Falkland lie on Choiseul Sound on the east side of the island’s central isthmus. They are about 13 miles (21 km) south of the site where the major British amphibious landings took place in San Carlos Water (Operation Sutton) on the night of 21/22 May 1982.
The British command suggested they may “flatten Goose Green” with all available fire-power and then launch an assault with all forces possible, including reinforcements. This was relayed via CB radio the Argentine command who concluded “..The battle had turned into a sniping contest. They could sit well out of range of our soldiers’ fire and, if they wanted to, raze the settlement. I knew that there was no longer any chance of reinforcements from 6th [Compañía ‘Piribebuy’] Regiment’s B Company and so I suggested to Wing Commander [Vice Commodore] Wilson Pedrozo that he talk to the British. He agreed reluctantly.”
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Back in December of 2014, I travelled once again to the Falkland Islands. This would be my 4th and final trip.
Again I ventured onto the various mountains surrounding Stanley and made some more video.
The video is at the bottom of the page.
A YouTube user called BARGEWALK replied to one of my videos with a very useful transcript of what events happened during the battle against my 2014 video. Below is that transcript and video.
– about 50 seconds in – the north west corner was where Cpl Milne stood on a mine alerting the Argentinians to the assault. This occurred about 22.00 local
– about 3’30” into the video – the cross seen here was roughly where the Regimental Aid Post was located and where prisoners held
– you walked up the western slope which was where B Company (4, 5 and 6 platoons) assaulted. Whilst this assault went in, A and C Companies were held in 2 lines about 500m north of Longdon
4’50” – these are gullies along which a lot of the initial fighting took place amongst the rocks by 4 and 5 platoons. This is one of the gullies that became known as ‘grenade alley’….Argentinians up in the rocks rolled grenades down at the advancing Paras. At 4’56” the rocks at the very top right – 50 cal machine gun taken out with grenades
– 7’12” as someone else says, location of McKay’s VC action is elsewhere. A proper memorial has been built now in the correct place
– 11’25” Cpl McLoughlin whose leadership that night was instrumental, was killed not here, but near the regimental aid post. He had been severely injured by shrapnel in his back near the bowl on the top and was being helped down the western face when he was hit by an artillery shell.
– 14’20” – you are on the top of the western face – this is where a lot of the action took place over the course of the night with many casualties. Lt Shaw’s 6 platoon had made its way unopposed up the right hand side of the western slope but spent the night fighting here. It took place in a very small area amongst these rocks – no more than 100 meters out from this spot as you look eastward
– 15’54” this is the large bowl which was a focus of the fighting. Argentinian officer in charge of this part of the mountain (called ‘Baldini’) had set up his HQ in the bowl. Probably about 15 troops in here. Paras threw a lot of grenades into the bowl from close quarters causing many casualties. ‘Baldini’ killed here. Later in the night when the Toms were in the bowl, an Argentinian shell hit the back wall (western side of the bowl) causing dead and injured. A lot of action occurred around this area e.g. Argentinian machine gun post taken out amongst the rocks near here with white phosphorous grenade. Arg soldier was completely on fire and ran around this area screaming before being shot to prevent further suffering
– Down the slope from that bowl (northern slope) is a sheep track along which several assaults were made overnight by 4 and 5 platoons to try and outflank and take out .50 cal machine guns dotted along the north facing slope. McKay’s action was down this slope about 100 meters to the east, between the 2nd and 3rd bowl. Incidentally, it was during one of these attacks that the 3 young paras you show at 10’23” were killed on the north facing slope not far from where McKay fell. Those 3 lads went through training together and were all mates. All three died in the same action within a short space of time – one got hit by a .50 cal round and the other two were shot in open ground trying to help, probably by a sniper with night vision sights. There were 3 or 4 other 18 and 19 years olds amongst the dead that night.
– At 16’14” your colleague is near a recoilless gun. An Argentine sniper (called ‘Colemil’) with night sights and two of his colleagues were located next to this gun and inflicted numerous casualties on 6 platoon
– Around 05.00 or 06.00 A Company moved onto mountain up the western slope and up the northern face through the bowl (15’54”), and then moved eastwards down the mountain and cleared it of remaining resistance