News broke this week that residents of the Falkland Islands have voted pretty unanimously to remain a British Overseas Territory, with a turnout of more than 90% at the booths. They fell short of making it 100% as Dave from number 57 was watching The Weakest Link and lost track of time.
In celebration of this, here are some lesser known facts about life on the Islands:
1) Dame Daisy Valentina-Smythe is the name of the sheep honoured on their flag below. She was once mayor of the Falkland Islands for a record 8 years until she was retired and made into a delectable mutton stew. Eating former mayors is a tradition on the Islands dating back 264 years.
2) Union Jack suits are the national dress as reflected in this photo below, two of the Island’s most colourful characters, Betty and Simon are seen going about their everyday lives as they pop down to the shops for some custard creams.
3) Whilst English is most commonly spoken, they do have their own language which shares many similarities to the dialect spoken by The Teletubbies.
4) They were first to set up a car club. Below you can see Alison Merryweather using one of the cars, it doesn’t matter that she is blind drunk, as she’s also the island’s police Sargent.
5) Once, Eileen from the Post Office had a huge row with her husband Norman about how he always left his handkerchiefs down the side of the sofa. She would use a tissue and put them up her sleeve tucked under her wrist. Things became very heated and they had to visit the Island’s marriage counsellor, Alison Merryweather (also police Sargent and island drunk). You can bet that Norman doesn’t stash away his snotty hankies down the side of the sofa any more!
This following are from a blurb on The Falkland Islands very own website, I took a few of the statements that stood out for me and added some cynical responses, I’m sure I’m ok to do this, they are British after all so they will have our famous sense of humor and self deprecating nature.
- Our growing community of 2563 people is diverse; with people from over 60 nations living in the Islands we are a truly cosmopolitan society. (London, Paris, New York, Milan….there always felt like there was one missing)
- It is testament to the strong bond our young people have with their home that nearly all return on completion of their studies. (Conditioning has its flaws, many find life on the outside difficult to adjust to)
- We have broadband internet access. (Welcome to 1997)
- Whilst one of the smallest Capitals in the world, Stanley provides a variety of supermarkets and gift shops ( Is there is no escaping Poundland’s reach?)
- The Falkland Islanders are a peaceful, hard-working and resilient people. Our society is thriving and forward-looking. All we ask is to be left in peace to choose our own future, and responsibly develop our home for our children and generations to come. We would ask that our rights, our points of view and above all our wishes are respected and considered by all. (Whoops, sorry)