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869512.  Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:29 am Reply with quote

Echoes of the "Radio Ham"

The former vessel named Kelso was renamed Tianic and has since been dogged with bad luck. An off duty lifeboatman Mr Alex Evans from Aberystwyth was called by a friend Mark Corbett on his mobile to say he was on a sinking ship called Titanic.

In this modern version of Tony Hancock's Radio Ham the SOS call came from the Caribbean 4,000 miles away.

After writing down the vessel’s coordinates on the back of a receipt (with a pen/pencil that did not break), he contacted the local coastguard.

US coastguards rescued the striken craft and it was towed to St Kitts.

985965.  Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:30 pm Reply with quote

Kim Collins (1976– ) is a track and field sprinter from St Kitts & Nevis. He became the 100m champion at the 2002 Commonwealth Games with a personal best run of 9.98 seconds, breaking the 10-second barrier. A year later he became the World Champion in the 100 metres. He represented his country at the Summer Olympics on four occasions, from 1996 to 2008, and was the country’s first athlete to ever reach an event final.

And a St Kitts & Nevis stamp issued in the early 20th century showing Christopher Columbus looking through a telescope – more than a century before that instrument was invented!

987961.  Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:02 pm Reply with quote

Nevis is guaranteed the right to secede if its people want.
1298876.  Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:11 am Reply with quote

The islands of St Kitts and Nevis are close enough for people to swim between.
1344903.  Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:24 am Reply with quote

Nevis is named after Nuestra Senora de las Nieves or Our Lady of the Snows because the clouds on its peak reminded the invading Spanish of 'snow'.

So a Caribbean island is called 'snow'.
1353865.  Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:24 pm Reply with quote

Additionally, one half of the island of St Kitts has black beaches, the other half has white beaches.

1353878.  Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:10 am Reply with quote wrote:
The islands of St Kitts and Nevis are close enough for people to swim between.

In fairness, so are England and France..........

1353906.  Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:53 am Reply with quote

St Kitts to Nevis is apparently 2½ miles, and there is an organised annual swimming event.

There doesn't seem to be anything longer than the 21 milles of the English Channel which is a regular target of the extreme swimmer. St Lucia to Martinique is almost exactly the same distance, and that too has an organised event every year. On the upside the water is warmer; on the downside, sharks.

Have I dreamt this up, or was there an organised "extreme triathlon" a few years back, which involved running from London to Folkestone, swimming the Channel, and then cycling to Paris?


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