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669724.  Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:23 pm Reply with quote

It would be QI if seafarer could occasionally update us with a Tristan bulletin.

669848.  Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:51 am Reply with quote

I mentioned that I had a memory of visiting evacuees from Tristan da Cunha when they were staying in the local army camp - Pendle camp in Merstham. I worked out I had only been about 4 or 5 at the time (I was born in 1957) but the memory was very vivid. My mum had taken me to see the children and take some sweets.

One of the other women in the group was stunned - she knew Tristan da Cunha and had worked there as a doctor when she was young.

I just couldn't believe that 2 women sitting in a small village bookclub in Ireland, could have both had a connection to such a remote island.

It would have been surprising if you didn't have some connection.

If you took a random collection of people how many would you need before you had a better than 50/50 chance that two of them shared the same birthday?

The answer is 23 - and if you take 30 people then you should place bets on it.

It has nothing to do with small world and everything to do with probability.

670194.  Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:34 am Reply with quote

It's not the fact that there is some connection that is surprising here, but that the connection is with a small and remote island a long way away.

696716.  Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:53 pm Reply with quote

Some Qiers may like to view these images

696719.  Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:06 pm Reply with quote

QI is Gough Island which hosts a killer mouse. Probably taken to the island by whaling ships the humble house mouse has developed into an efficient killing machine threatening the local bird population.

These monsters could possibly be the largest mice in existence according to the RSPB.

826068.  Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:52 am Reply with quote

Tristan da Cunha was named the Island of Refreshment by its self-proclaimed ruler, Jonathan Lambert, a US citizen from Salem in 1811.

On December 27, 1810, the US ship the Baltic out of Boston landed three people on the island. They were Lambert, Thomas Currie (Tomasso Corri?) and a Mr Williams later joined by Andrew Millet.

Lambert declared himself sovereign ruler but his reign lasted only five months. Three of the four colonists were drowned in a fishing accident only Currie(Corri?) surviving. The island proved popular as a stopping point for US whalers.

By 1812 Britain and the USA were at war. By this time the island was being used by US ships to attack British merchant shipping heading for the Cape. The islands were formally annexed by the Crown on August 14th 1816 to protect British shipping and to stop the islands being used by enemy vessels. With Napoleon in exile on Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha could have theoretically been used as a French base to launch a rescue.

826174.  Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:54 am Reply with quote

In addition to the above, the Island had a flag and a capital - Reception which must be the smallest capital ever - population 4
(eventually one).

826177.  Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:09 am Reply with quote

Second smallest, quite possibly.

But at the present time there is a capital city with a population of 0; it is Plymouth, Montserrat. Post 250747 refers.

826311.  Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:47 am Reply with quote

Point taken Suze: as Plymouth is still the de jure capital of Montserrat.

Similarly St Pierre the capital of Martinique had 0 population after it was destroyed by the Mount Pelee eruption in 1902.

864307.  Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:19 pm Reply with quote

Tristan da Cunha is remembering 50 years of the evacuation.

Many islanders evacuated to the UK lived at the former flying boats base at Calshot Hampshire. The new harbour on the island was named Calshot Harbour.

869513.  Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:34 am Reply with quote

QI is this article about the invasion of alien species even on an island as remote as Tristan da Cunha.

917339.  Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:32 am Reply with quote

Styling itself the remotist inhabited island in the World, the people of the island lit a beacon to celebrate the Jubilee.

957542.  Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:42 pm Reply with quote

Annual Sheep Shearing Day 2012

This year Sheep Shearing Day was held on Saturday 15th December and a good time appears to have been had by all.

977000.  Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:44 pm Reply with quote

Queen's Day 2013 held on Friday 22nd February is a public holiday on the island.
1246577.  Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:05 pm Reply with quote

In January 1944 Tristan da Cunha was re-named HMS Atlantic Isle.

The full name of its capital is Edinburgh-of-the-seven-seas, named after Alfred Duke of Edinburgh who visited the island in 1867 during his travels as a naval officer.

Source: Empire Youth Annual 1947
Source: Stanley Gibbons Stamp catalogue 2010 S-Z


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