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892813.  Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:24 pm Reply with quote

Recent conflict in Chilean Patagonia has highlighted the problems faced by the people of the south.

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987250.  Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:07 am Reply with quote

Valparaíso, Chile: the birthplace of one weird Australian Prime Minister.
The Honourable Chris Watson was the third PM of Australia, serving for just 4 months in 1904.
His Chilean-German father and New Zealander mother separated when Chris was one year old, Chris moving to Australia and becoming the first Prime Minister from a Labor/Labour party in the world.
Although he was a co-founder of the Australian Labor Party, as the Member for Bland, New South Wales, he was expelled, and eventually left politics in 1922, the year after his first wife died.
The 58-year-old Chris then married a 23-year-old waitress. He was replaced as PM by a British walrus.

987255.  Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:28 am Reply with quote

Geography Guy wrote:
He was replaced as PM by a British walrus.

Fantastic :D

987327.  Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:06 am Reply with quote

It should be noted that Chris Watson resigned as Prime Minister because he didn't have a majority and tried calling an election, but was refused by the Governor General of the time (seen as a political move to undermine the Labour Government).

He wasn't expelled while serving Bland, this seat was abolished and he was voted for the seat of South Sydney (defeating the Free Trade party there quite convincingly). His expulsion came in 1917 because he supported conscription, and he supported the Nationalist Party until 1922, which would eventually (through various guises) become the Liberal Party of Australia (rather like how Labour defectors formed SDP, which later became the Lib Dems).
1248431.  Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:15 am Reply with quote

The official name for Chile's football team is 'O'Higgins, a Patriot of Chilean Rule'.

1248453.  Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:21 pm Reply with quote

Called after the Chilean independence leader Bernardo O'Higgins, whose dad was a Sligo man and who, needless to say, has a memorial dedicated to him in Dublin. It's a bust in Merrion Square Park, not all that far from Oscar Wilde's statue.


1307105.  Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:50 am Reply with quote

Sandi: What's the southernmost tip of the South American continent?

Alan: Cape Horn


The answer is Fuerte Bulnes.

Cape Horn (in Spanish, Cabo de Hornos) is merely the southern tip of the island of Hornos in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The South American continent actually ends 150 miles farther north, at Fuerte Bulnes on the Brunswick Peninsula.

Source: I Asimov, The Book of Facts Volume 2


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