FALKLANDS Governor Sir Rex Hunt's stalwart chauffeur Don Bonner during the 1982 war, died this week Decemember 16, age 87.
A familiar face and much loved character around the Islands his stories of Falklands life and particularly of his time as chauffeur to Sir Rex Hunt when the Argentines invaded in 1982 have been recounted many times from his designated seat in the Globe Tavern in Stanley.
The Prime Minister has announced that Falkland Islanders will receive the South Atlantic medal as a recognition of, "a direct and grave threat to their sovereignty."
In his Christmas message to Islanders he also said:
Christmas gives us a chance to reflect over the past year, and 2014 has been a year of great progress for the Falkland Islands.
Record fishing year
Journey to Stromness
Dale down south
Sea battles centenary commemorations
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THIS year will be marked as one of the most successful years in the history of the Falkland Islands fishery with several record catches registered and the total catch of all species in Falkland waters this month reaching a record of 451,000 tonnes.
Fished by 151 ships throughout the year, and with a couple of weeks still to go, this impressive total catch is already 25,000 tonnes more than the bumper year of 1989 by 278 vessels.
THE nativity was imparted with a fabulous flourish of Falklands colour this week by the children of the Infant/Junior School and Camp Education.
To the chuckling delight of large audiences of family and friends, mini versions of Penguin News and FIRS journalists brought the exciting news that baby Jesus had been discovered born in the back of Land Rover in the Chandlery car park. (Clearly the poor little mite would have been overlooked if it hadn't been for persons scouting retail outlets for potatoes).
Out at Long Island farm three shepherds heard the story on their mobile telephones and hence forth did whizz to town on quad bikes, was the news around town.
1914 - Admirals' descendents visit Falklands for commemorations
Delegation promotes oil industry training links with Trinidad and Tobago
Six weeks suspended for ex Police Officer
Battle of the Falklands
Motocross at Ponds Track
Saturday 5 December 1914
Canopus: Mild weather followed the storm. The log of the Canopus (which was in Whalebone Cove) recorded that at daylight the hands prepared hawsers for 'heaving round' the ship which had been displaced during the storm. The vessel was refloated, they then hauled her stern back into position, the double bottom was again flooded and once more she was grounded. A stream anchor was repositioned and an extra anchor was deployed from the stern.
The Canopus was painted in what was called 'French grey', but after she had been resecured the men began recoating the funnels, masts and upper works in camouflage, or, what one man called 'futuristic colours'.
Inquest: During the morning an inquest was held into the deaths of the Volunteers at the Canache. The conclusion reached was that the punt had 'turned turtle' because of overcrowding, strong tides and adverse winds. Most of the men could not swim, but even those who could would have been sucked under by the military-issue greatcoats they were all wearing. During the afternoon of this day the first of the funerals was held with military honours.
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