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ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 16, 2011 6:56 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
On tonight's News there was a most amusing item on the true eccentricity of the British! In the second world war the British were worried that the Germans might lay mines etc., in the Thames estuary that goes to London and stop the shipping. So they built these huge platforms that look like oil rigs they are that big with lots of guns on them to shoot at ships and planes. One was built just outside UK coastal Waters in international waters. In 1959 the Navy did not want these anymore, so they took most of the guns of them and left them. In 1963 an ex Army officer who knew about these places thought it might be a good place to set up home and start a pirate radio station with the early 1960s music playing, so he did with his wife.
The Navy were told to evict them although that was illegal, and turned up in the north sea near this thing with a Destroyer, the Army officer fired a shot across the Destroyers bow as a warning to keep away.
So they sent a boat of Marines from this ship to take it back, even though it had been derelict and the couple had spent a fortune repairing it. As the officer manned the gun to keep the Destroyer away, his wife stood at the top of a 60 foot ladder to the sea and as the first Marine stepped on it she warned them she would shoot if they came any further. Seeing this strange lady with a shotgun in her hand they returned to the ship and left!
The officer contacted the Queen and stated he was a loyal British citizen and would always be, but as his property was outside the UK could he have a Royal Declaration to start his own Country, and it was granted by our Queen. So in 1967 a new Country (officially), was set up called Sealand (1969), half a mile outside British waters.
In 1970 a helicopter hovered overhead and six armed men jumped out, three French and three Germans and took the couple Hostage and their son in a dispute about fishing rights outside territorial waters, then it gets like a James Bond film. The Army officer escaped in the night and using the VHF radio contacted his friend in England and they came up with a plan. Next day two helicopters arrived and armed troops abseiled down and captured the six men, taking them back to the UK mainland, where they were tried with piracy and other offenses and jailed before being released. The headlines read Pirates captured from Pirate Radio!
It has its own currency, flag, passports, garden, wonderful kitchen and rooms, own power in fact every thing you can imagine down to a prison cell if anyone gets out of hand. He then asked the Queen if she would object as it is his own Country if it was made a Sovereignty, and was told he could do what he so wished. So this couple became King and Queen of this concrete place in the sea. Although it is not massive. Sine he passed away his son and his girlfriend have now taken it over and have become Prince and Princess of it, with their cat! They even have a Royal yacht with the Countries flag on it to get to the UK mainland! It may sound mad, but it was one mans dream to have a radio station and his own Country so he did it, plus he was like his son very eccentric. By the way this place can house a lot of people as the concrete legs are hollow.
Regards.
Neil.
p.s. it is now for sale at £550 million. Although who would want to live in the sea in the winter with 40 feet waves and ice cold winds is beyond me.
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ImageJaeRae
Feb 16, 2011 7:33 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Rolling on the floor laughing Do they have a board of tourism?
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
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ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 17, 2011 5:22 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Jamie, evidently after a fire they have had problems! However yesterdays News report did show it redone and repaired so this is out of date.
Please see this. http://ourscotland.myfreeforum.org/archive/sealand-the-world...
Regards.
Neil.
murielw1
Feb 17, 2011 8:28 AM CST
Well at last have changed the last of my outlets with new cards.
Very cold here, was wraped up like I was going to the North Pole, but I got back managed to get my cold frame tidy and all the plastic containers that i had saved in the lower bathroom, took out to the cold frame, so thats another job done.
I will think of Sarah tomorrow when I am having my fish and chips at lunch time.
Muriel

Liked your topic about the couple with their island, Neil. who will be 21 again next month?
ImageJaeRae
Feb 17, 2011 12:00 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Dear Neil: Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing how has it managed to support itself so far?
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 17, 2011 12:22 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Jamie, if you mean why has it not fallen into the sea that is easy! It was made properly in the days when things were, and is concreted to the sea bed.
However if you mean supporting itself financially, maybe it sell fish and chips, bacon sandwiches and cups of tea to the passing fisherman! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Or maybe as it is its own Country they do not trust the Banks, don't pay tax, do not have to pay for politicians salaries, cars, houses etc., or an expensive travel system that is run by the corrupt Unions, and rely on a £3 first aid kit instead of expensive Health care that does not work.
I do not know how it survives but yesterday it showed them with a new Helicopter and Royal yacht, they do not come cheap!
They don't pay rates as everyone else has to for a Council that does nothing or road tax. No electricity or gas, and they can go fishing out of the toilet window! Rolling on the floor laughing
Regards.
Neil.
ImageJaeRae
Feb 17, 2011 12:50 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Hummmm....yes, the toilet window raises another question. Blinking

I think it interesting that they tied their currency to the American dollar.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageJaeRae
Feb 17, 2011 1:04 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Dear Neil: You are familar with Kulula Airlines right? There is better information (somewhere) but here: http://www.snopes.com/photos/airplane/kulula.asp (BTW I never knew where the black box was before).
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageJaeRae
Feb 17, 2011 1:15 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Here, here's a better link with some good flight attendent quotes: http://dalesdesigns.net/kulula.htm
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 17, 2011 1:23 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Jamie, thank you for the information on black boxes!
Regarding the toilet window on the concrete Country, it is not the window I would worry about, it might be a bit disconcerting looking down the hole if you have vertigo! Rolling on the floor laughing
However there is a good point to this, in a real storm, gale 10-11 not only do you have a toilet but you have a bidet as well! How good is that?
Regards.
Neil.
Imagetaters55
Feb 17, 2011 1:41 PM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
Rolling on the floor laughing
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ImageJaeRae
Feb 17, 2011 1:49 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
NEILMUIR1 wrote:However there is a good point to this, in a real storm, gale 10-11 not only do you have a toilet but you have a bidet as well! How good is that?

I suppose that depends on if the gulf stream is near. Hilarious!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 17, 2011 1:57 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
The gulf stream is very near, and even closer if you had a good curry!
Regards.
Neil.
ImageJaeRae
Feb 17, 2011 2:12 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Ummmm...Dear Neil: we need a good curry recipe. What's for dinner today?

Hello Muriel: sounds like you must be feeling better. You did lots of moving to the cold frame. Keep warm.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 17, 2011 2:24 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Jamie. try this with added chilies!
http://cubits.org/Neil/thread/view/15861/
Regards.
Neil.
ImageJaeRae
Feb 17, 2011 3:20 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Sounds wonderful Neil! (Except for the chicken of course, but I'll bet shrimp will work and I have plenty here). The Pataks paste looks good too. There's a little Indian store right on my normal driving path that I've been meaning to vist, I'll bet they have it there. I have my Greek store (for Feta, anchovies, dolmades, and cured olives) on my list of places to visit soon so I may do both in one trip. Thumbs up
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 17, 2011 3:45 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Jamie, prawns or shrimp as you call them do work very well. But so do normal vegetables, do not forget 80% of India is vegetarian, I know it very well.
One of the ball and chains favourite things is vegetable Biryani, she loves that with Indian flat bread and onion Bahjees. A very cheap meal, yet filling and delicious.
No gluten in Bahjees or Parathas either. Plus you have the power to make it as hot or mild as you so wish.
The UK eats millions of curries a year, as it was Queen Victoria who brought it here. She was Viceroy of India and our Queen, except she never went to India, so she brought India here.
In 1831 the first curry house opened in London and it is still there to this day!
When are soldiers came back from abroad they missed the spices and flavours of the orient, and that is why the curry became a dish everyone had, and still is.
Not quite like the Indians have it, as it like a lot of food and has been westernized.
Me I love Gurkha food, having served with them.
Regards.
Neil.

murielw1
Feb 17, 2011 3:49 PM CST
Hi Jamie
We both feel a lot better, Thank you, but neither of us have had dinner over the last few days, I had soup tonight, Peter just a sandwich tonight.
Much colder tonight, weather forcast for tomorrow is rain, breezy, and cold.
Take care.
Muriel
ImageJaeRae
Feb 17, 2011 6:30 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Dear Neil: Served with Gurkha? Were you in the service then? Tell detail?

"Shrimp as you say", are not truly the same as prawns (as you say) as there are slight differences but apparently both countries have a prefered term for all and difficulty telling them apart anyway.

I thought you might be interested because I mentioned my local Greek store before. It is a small overloaded store in an 'off the beaten path' residential neighborhood that has so many things that even browsing is an experience. In addition to many packaged imported goods, they have a deli counter where I get my feta and various cured olives. There are several varieties of each but I can get really good wet feta for about $3/# and olives for less than that (typically $2.25/#.

The owner is an unassuming very friendly man, who visits Greece a couple times per year, and serves the store whilst reading the Greek newpapers spread on the counter. He watches out for the patrons and does things like...well, once I had a perfectly fresh carton of milk at the checkout and he said, "Wait, I just got new an hour ago", took my carton and went in the fridge and everybody waited while he opened a brand new fresh crate. No one minds waiting there, it's just so friendly that most would not suspect that he also runs this business (with higher prices) on-line: http://parthenonfoods.com/all_products.php

I can also get great spices there and things like large 1# bags of sesame seeds at the same price a 4oz. jar would cost at the grocery. I must go again soon.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 18, 2011 3:14 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Jamie, we call the small things that you can get in low water off the beach shrimps. Whereas prawns are caught in deeper water and are larger. Dublin bay prawns are in fact what mainland Britain calls Langoustines or scampi.
There are a lot of Greek delis around in certain parts of London, and they are a joy to walk around. Near my mothers is a very small Italian deli that is like walking into an Italian one in Italy. It for someone who does not make their own pasta (I do), interesting to see them making it by hand. Cheeses galore and every kind of thing you can think of. If I go up to Borough Market there is every Nation represented there, and you can buy most things you could ever want. Underneath the railway arches is the perfect place to keep cheese, and there are lots of these beautiful Victorian arches packed full of every sort of cheese imaginable, which you can buy at differing levels of maturity. Heavenly place to me.
Regards.
Neil.

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