THIS column could have gone a number of ways. A pleasant meander on Christmas holidays, a regretful ponder on Brexit, or a grouse at having to end the year printing the PM’s condescending speech on the Penguin News front page.

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The selective amnesia of successive Argentine governments never ceases to amaze. Last week, during universal rejoicing in the Falklands that the eleven year-long demining campaign had finally come to a successful conclusion, the Argentine Government was complaining about it in Geneva.

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PN Journalist Mark Blackmore writes a weekly diary column ‘My Islands Week’. As a treat we offer you one free edition!

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Do Falklands children and Military children share a resilience and pragmatism which offers useful insights in these times of COVID? In an article for Penguin News Phoebe Aldridge – daughter of a military family posted to the Falklands 2011-2013, and now a recent graduate examines an issue close to the hearts of both communities.

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I’M excited to arrive in post as Deputy Editor of our newspaper. Ours because the Penguin News has always been present in my household, likely in the same way that it’s been present in yours – either since childhood if you have been here since your youth, or hopefully at least since you’ve moved to the Falklands if you’ve more recently set foot here. As such I want us to get properly introduced before I get onto diving more deeply into personal thoughts and feelings in future editorials.

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IF nothing else lifted my heart this week (and generally lots of things lift my heart in the Falklands) the sight of the words ‘orthodontic service’ had me dancing a jig.

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