HMS Conqueror

Clarkson offending again, but Argies are big blouses anyway

Jeremy Clarkson is again in hot water…well lukewarm water to be fair.

The Argies are upset over a number plate on a car he drove through Argentina. Its a bit of a beat up since it is essentially meaningless and the car has had that plate since registration.

Jeremy Clarkson was facing the wrath of Argentinians on Thursday after driving though the country in a Porsche with the numberplate H982 FKL – a possible reference to the 1982 Falklands war.

The stunt, which was filmed for Top Gear, is the latest in a series of offensive remarks or gestures by the BBC presenter, who was found to have breached Ofcom guidelines in July when he referred to an Asian man as a “slope” while filming Top Gear in Burma.

Clarkson, who was forced to apologise in May after appearing to mumble the N-word as he sang a rhyme for the programme, was reportedly warned two weeks ago by the BBC not to cause a diplomatic row while filming the motoring programme in Argentina.

His goading gesture went unnoticed on the first part of his trip from the ski resort of Bariloche to the southern port of Ushuaia, but made local headlines as he neared the end of his 1,350 mile trek at the head of a convoy of vehicles including a Lotus and Ford Mustang driven by fellow Top Gear presenters James May and Richard Hammond.

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The Argentinian economy must be rooted

The last time Argentina ignored the roar of the Lion

The last time Argentina ignored the roar of the Lion

The Argie economy must be on its knees with all the belligerence out of Buenos Aires at the moment.

Argentina has ridiculed Britain as an impotent colonial aggressor on the wrong side of history in the Falklands dispute, insisting it will not be cowed by “verbal and military threats” as “the lion roars but does not inspire fear”.

In a lengthy denunciation of British policy published in Argentine daily Pagina 12 (Page 12), Héctor Timerman, the country’s foreign minister, painted Argentina as a valiant underdog cheered on by the world in its David and Goliath-esque battle with an arrogant but ailing colonial power.   Read more »

They have got stuff all chance of getting the Falklands back

Everyone knows the Argentinians are a bunch of useless broken-arsed ratbags who can’t pay their bills.

Just how broke they are is surprising.

THE Argentine government was caught completely off-guard last October when authorities from the Ghanaian port of Tema seized the Libertad, a frigate used for training naval cadets. The country had already spent years sparring in the courts with investors who own bonds on which it defaulted in 2001. But its officials never anticipated that one New York-based hedge fund would manage to secure an order from a Ghanaian judge to hold the vessel in port because of Argentina’s failure to pay its debts.  Read more »

Maggie was right, Ctd

Evidence has been released the shows that Margaret Thatcher was right in ordering the sinking of the General Belgrano. At the end of hostilities the HMS Conqueror returned to base flying the Jolly Roger.

When the HMS Conqueror sunk the General Belgrano the ship earned a rite of passage. The ship could return to it’s home port flying the Jolly Roger and a Broom (signifying a clean sweep).

The tradition comes from an interesting historical incident:

Following the introduction of submarines in several navies, Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson, the First Sea Lord of the British Royal Navy, stated that submarines were “underhand, unfair, and damned un-English”, and that he would convince the British Admiralty to have the crews of enemy submarines captured during wartime behanged as pirates.

In September 1914, the British submarine HMS E9 successfully torpedoed the German criuser SMS Hela. Remembering Wilson’s statements, commanding officer Max Horton instructed his sailors to manufacture a Jolly Roger, which was flown from the submarine as she entered port. Each successful patrol saw Horton’s submarine fly an additional Jolly Roger until there was no more room for flags, at which point Horton then had a large Jolly Roger manufactured, onto which symbols indicating E9‘s achievements were sewn. A small number of other submarines adopted the practice: HMS E12 flew a red flag with the skull and crossbones on return from a foray into the Dardanelles in June 1915, and the first known photograph of the practice was taken in July 1916 aboard HMS H5.

The tradition was restarted in World War 2:

During the war, British submarines were entitled to fly the Jolly Roger on the day of their return from a successful patrol: it would be hoisted as the boat passed the boom net, and remain raised until sunset.

The Captain did just that upon the return of HMS Conqueror to Faslane Naval Base. Various pinkos got upset at the time, of course. The Captain though provided a typically British response to questions about the jolly roger:

When asked about the incident later, Commander Wreford-Brown responded, “The Royal Navy spent thirteen years preparing me for such an occasion. It would have been regarded as extremely dreary if I had fouled it up”.