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2762Trouble at Calshot Harbour

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  • Bob Conrich
    May 2, 2014
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      Lorna Lavarello-Smith to address FOTBOT 16 May London Reception

      FOTBOT (Friends of the British Overseas Territories) are holding an Atlantic themed reception which
      will be addressed by Tristan Islander Reverend Lorna Lavarello-Smith who is Vice Chair of the
      Tristan da Cunha Association and the photographer Jon Tonks who has visited Ascension Island, St
      Helena, Tristan da Cunha and the Falkland Islands. The reception will take place on Friday 16th May
      from 7-9pm at 'Champagne Charlies', 17 The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NG and tickets are
      £7.50 for FOTBOT members and £15 for others plus a booking fee.
      For further details go to FOTBOT's website: www.fotbot.org

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      6 May exotic botany talk in London:
      http://www.tristandc.com/newsabroad2014.php
      Mostly about other far corners of the world

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      Leanne Swain's 16th Birthday:
      http://www.tristandc.com/newsbirthdays2014.php

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      Yacht Ciao Bella's Visit:
      http://www.tristandc.com/newsshipping2014.php

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      The above are from the official website. The following thoughts are not.

      There are credible reports of continuing structural deterioration of Calshot
      Harbour, with potentially disastrous consequences to fishing, transportation,
      tourism, commerce, the economy and even the continuing viability of the island
      community, as discussed at last week's Annual Gathering in Southampton. The
      austral winter is rapidly approaching.

      I've received copies of various comments about the meeting, but I wasn't there,
      I don't want to report second hand allegations and rumours about a matter that
      deserves truth, accuracy and openness, and no official reports have been made
      public.

      An engineering survey was made last year, with a discussion of available
      alternatives, but of course it's confidential. Who this confidentiality
      benefits is unclear. In many of the other Overseas Territories there is much
      talk and some progress on openness, accountability, and transparency. With no
      disrespect to Leanne Swain, such discussions are not about social events or
      "birthday news."

      A number of forum members attended and participated in last week's meeting.
      Perhaps they would like to comment.


      Bob



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