Tristan da Cunha

Tristan da Cunha
What are the odds? Another island flag featuring the Union Jack AND spiny lobsters! (See Turks and Caicos.) Tristan da Cunha is an island group in the South Atlantic Ocean that’s impossibly distant and desolate. Discovered by a Portuguese sailor who never landed, yet named the island after himself, Tristan da Cunha has always been halfway to nowhere. It’s a dependency of the territory of St. Helena (where Napoleon died in exile) and one of the islets in the archepelago is called Inaccessible Island. The first man to live there permanently arrived in 1810, and died in a boating accident in 1812. As noted on the flag, the major industry on Tristan da Cunha is lobstering. Sheep and potatoes also are dabbled in. The island’s only power plant was destroyed in February, leaving the 271 residents without electricity even today. Genetic illnesses are common on Tristan da Cunha, as all residents are closely related. A viral outbreak caused contagious asthma around Christmastime last year. I could make fun of their flag, but life already seems impossibly bleak. So I’ll just leave it here.

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8 responses to “Tristan da Cunha

  1. Hi,
    The current Tristan da Cunha flag is this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Flag_of_Tristan_da_Cunha.svg

    The Union Jack is still there though 🙂

  2. Even still – this one is the same elements moved around. I’m surprised they had time to make a new flag, really. The power plant or finding medicine would have been my priority.

  3. I would just like to point out that the British Colonial Office tried to depopulate the island following a volcanic eruption in the early 1960’s. The islanders, generally a genial quiet lot, protested and were eventually (largely through their own sheer will) allowed to return home.

    It is a beautiful place from all reports, a generally happy and close-knit community, and if it isn’t your cup of tea, well, sorry. You probably wouldn’t like the Outer Hebrides, Newfoundland or the Aleutians very much either. I dare you to go use the same tone to the face of a Hebridean or Newfoundlander…

  4. Wow. I’m in awe of your obscure sub-Arctic archipelago knowledge pride. And I’ll take you up on your dare. Next time I see a Hebridean, I’ll unleash a holy terror of flag put-downs at them. I don’t even care if it’s a old lady.

  5. temporary resident

    Not sure if contagious asthma is a newly diagnosed problem, but the viral outbreak at year end 2007 was certainly blown out of all proportion by the British media due to an unfortunate broadcast by a well-meaning doctor. Emergency power was restored on the same day of the factory fire and 24 hour power has been in place again for approximately 1 month now. All this and more info readily available on http://www.tristandc.com website, so a bit of research before you publish is surely not too much to expect from a regular blogger.

  6. Glad to hear things are better on the islands.

  7. I do believe that is the governor’s ensign.

  8. Don’t be knockin’ spiny lobsters.
    They’re frakkin’ delicious.

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