Saturday, March 06, 2010

Why Do They Own All That Real Estate?

Isn't your country enough? Can't you be content with what you have with its hillsides and cities and outlying districts?

France owns Clipperton Island, which is just north of the Equator and somewhat west of the Panama Canal. Do they even know it’s there? How about New Caledonia, a bit east of Australia? Any direct flights from Paris? Here’s one even most of those frogs don’t know about: Wallis and Futuna Islands just on the wrong side of the date line.

They own Kerguelen Island, in the southern Indian Ocean (and, by the way, where you will come out if you dig a hole straight down from New York City; sorry, China). Ask any Parisian if they’ve heard of St. Paul and Amsterdam Islands; after all, they own them down in the south Indian Ocean. St. Pierre and Miquelon is a swim from Newfoundland.

The United Kingdom claims South Georgia and South Sandwich, down near Antarctica, a good place to put the randy members of the Royal Family when they are kicking their heels up. Another good place for them would be the Chagos Archipelago; you own it, you populate it, in the “British Indian Ocean Territory,” the Oil Islands.

The Brits also own Pitcairn Island, and we all know what went on there. It took a while, but these days the abused have become the abusers and paradise has turned into hell for many of the women. They also claim the Falkland Islands, way down the end of South America, which nobody knew about until Argentina needed an excuse for a war.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Americans own Riker's Island, Ellis Island and Canada or Québec owns the Turks Islands. Canada owns Campobello Island but you cannot get there except by going through Maine

Ms. Victoria Lawn

March 12, 2010 9:58 PM  
Anonymous ruthc said...

St. Pierre and Miquelon is a swim from Newfoundland.

I've been there! What a kick to travel such a relatively short distance, and be in France.

They also claim the Falkland Islands, way down the end of South America

Been there, too! A little slice of Merry Ol' England down in the cold South Atlantic.

March 12, 2010 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could you forget that the French also own French Polynesia which includes Tahiti and Bora Bora. When I traveled there years ago, I was negatively impressed by the French who had open contempt for the Tahitians and their way of life. It was a beautiful island and the native inhabitants were warm, friendly and generally delightful.

March 14, 2010 7:01 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

I only have five inches to dispense my geographical knowledge.

Thanks for filling us in, especially your knowledge of how it was like there.

March 14, 2010 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous,

Those French must have been Parisiens...LOL


March 17, 2010 12:15 PM  

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