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Let's Talk is a panel discussion programme hosted by Falklands Radio. 

The programme is presenter-led and can include live phone-ins from the public.

The show is usually on every second Wednesday at 1900. 

~COVID-19~ The programme will run intermittently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact Falklands Radio for more information.

audio News Review

A weekly round-up of all the news from the Falkland Islands.

The programme is broadcast on a Saturday at 1830.

~ COVID-19 ~  The News Review will be replaced by a news bulletin on a Saturday.

 

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Celebrating 100 Years of the Falkland Islands Defence Force - Memories of Members Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commonwealth, Falkland Islander, Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, government, History, Military History, OT, radio, Radio Documentary, South Atlantic

The Falkland Islands Defence Force celebrated 100 years of its formation in December 2020.

The organisation changed from the Falkland Islands Volunteers on December 13, 1920. The 100th anniversary of this was marked with an open day and reception on December 12, 2020. The day included displays of motor vehicles, weapons and equipment as well as historical displays and family activities.

Listen as News Editor Gavin Short speaks to former members of the Force about their memories.


 

Checking Islands For Rats Popular

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, Conservation, Documentary, East Falkland, endangered species, Environment, Environmental research , eradication, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conservation, Falklands Radio, Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands , Harbour, Island Communities, OT, radio, Radio Documentary, rats, rodents, Science and technology, scientific research , scientist, Small Communities, South Atlantic

Join Sammy, the rodent detector dog, as he sniffs around the Falkland Islands for rats!

Rodents were introduced to the Falklands by man and cause problems for ground-nesting birds. In recent years efforts have been made to stop the spread of rodents to islands they haven't reached and to eradicate them from islands they have colonized.  

Great and Tickle islands were eradicated in 2016 and to confirm their status as rodent-free, Samurai took a trip out with his handler.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 15, 2020.


 

Fitzroy Memorial Service 2020 Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Cathedral, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, Commonwealth, East Falkland, Falkland Islands , Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust, Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Island Communities, Ministry of Defence, OT, Parachute Regiment, radio, Radio Documentary, RAF, Remembrance, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, Small Communities

On June 8, 1982, heavy casualties were suffered by the British Taskforce.

The RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram were bombed by Argentine forces. In total 48 men were lost from Sir Galahad, two from Sir Tristram and six men from a landing craft of HMS Fearless. Every year, a service of remembrance is held for those who lost their lives.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 9, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Glamorgan Memorial Service 2020 Popular

Tagged in Anniversary, Armed Forces, Armistice, British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Cathedral, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, Commonwealth, East Falkland, Falkland Islands , Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust, Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Island Communities, Island Life, Islander, Liberation, Memorial, Military History, Next of kin, OT, Parachute Regiment, radio, {radio-docu

A service is held every year to commemorate the crew of HMS Glamorgan.

The service held at Hooker's Point, near Stanley, was led by the Reverand Ian Faulds. The Act of Remembrance commemorates the lives of fourteen members of the ship's company who died in the Falklands War in 1982. 

This Programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 14, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Goose Green Liberation Service 2020 Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, Commonwealth, East Falkland, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Goose Green, Island Communities, Liberation, Military History, OT, Parachute Regiment, radio, Radio Documentary, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, South Atlantic, Southern Hemisphere

The residents of Goose Green were liberated by British Forces on May 29, 1982.

During the Argentine invasion, residents of Goose Green and Darwin were incarcerated in the Goose Green hall for almost a month. The Argentines surrendered on May 29 during the battle of Goose Green and the inhabitants were freed from the hall.

The day is commemorated yearly and the Reverand Ian Faulds led this service at the Para Memorial. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 01, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

HMS Forth visits Stanley - Part 1 Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commonwealth, East Falkland, Emergency Services and Island Security, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Fisheries, Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands , Island Communities, Island Life, OT, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, South Atlantic, Southern Hemisphere

Join News Editor Gavin Short as he boards HMS Forth for a guided tour of the vessel.

The Royal Navy patrol ship, HMS Forth, is the permanent guardship for the Falkland Islands and the public were given the chance to step aboard when she made her maiden voyage to Stanley on August 1st, 2020. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 24, 2020.

Photo courtesy of MOD: HMS Forth in South Georgia


 

Island Airways part 1 Popular

Tagged in Aviation, Beaver Island, British Overseas Territory, Britten Norman Islander, Charter flights, Civil Aviation, Commonwealth, coronavirus, covid-19, Explosive ordinance, Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, FIGAS, Flights, Island Airways, Island Communities, Island Hopping, Island Life, Islander, Lake Michigan, OT, Pilot, Piper Apache, Piper Aztec, radio, Radio Documentary, Small Communities, Stanley, Welke Aviation

What are the similarities between an American island-hopping air service and a Falklands one?

Island-hopping services are unique, transporting livestock, people, and supplies to remote locations. The challenges of the business are well-known by those of Island Airways in Lake Michigan. The business has been providing aviation services to Charlevoix and Beaver Island for more than 70 years. Their fleet made up of Britten Norman Islanders, Piper Apache and Piper Aztec aircraft can transport up to nine people at a time and freight anything from TV sets to lambs. Angela LeFevre-Welke explains what life is like providing this essential service.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on July 3, 2020

Photograph courtesy of Island Airways: Paul Welke and Angela LeFevre-Welke from Island Airways based on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan USA


 

Island Airways Part 2 Popular

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How many times have you been asked your weight when checking-in at an airport?

It's something you will be asked before flying on an Island Airways plane! In part two of this conversation with Angela LeFevre-Welke she talks about flying ferrets and all the curiosities that come with running a private air service. She also explains how the business adapted to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on July 10, 2020

Photograph courtesy of Island Airways: The Island Airways fleet


 

Landing Day Service 2020 Popular

Tagged in 1982, British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, Commonwealth, East Falkland, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Island Communities, OT, radio, Remembrance, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, South Atlantic

Landing Day service commemorates the British Task Force amphibious landings near the settlement of San Carlos on May 21, 1982.

Invading Argentine forces had been occupying the Falklands since April 2. The landing of the British Forces, on May 1, signalled the beginning of recovering the Islands. Over the next few days, the area became known as 'Bomb Alley' as Argentine fighter jets tried to stop the advance.

A service of remembrance is held each year to remember all those who lost their lives during the ensuing battles. This year, the service was led by the Reverand Ian Faulds. An estimated 30 people attended, a smaller number than usual due to the current global health pandemic.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on May 22, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Memories of 1982 - Douglas Station Popular

Tagged in 1982, Argentina, Artillery, Battle of the Falklands, British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Buenos Aires, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commonwealth, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, OT, Politics, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy

On a remote farm on East Falkland a family was woken up early by Argentine forces.

Forced out of the house they were then locked up in a hall at Douglas Station for four days.

Clara McKay was incarcerated in the hall and she spoke with News Editor, Gavin Short, about her side of the 1982 conflict.


 

Overseas Students COVID-19 Arrangements Popular

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, coronavirus, covid-19, covid-19 antibody test, Education, Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, Island Communities, OT

What is the process for Falkland Islands overseas students suspected of having COVID-19? 

News Editor, Gavin Short, spoke to MLA Stacy Bragger and Director of Education Marie Horton, about provisions being made for students having to leave boarding homes in the UK.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 20, 2020.


 

Rural Business Association - State of the Industry part 1 Popular

Tagged in Agriculture, Agriculture Department, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, economy, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, industry, Island Communities, OT, Policy, Politics, radio, sheep, Small Communities, South Atlantic, Southern Hemisphere, Tourism, wool

In response to the Falkland Islands Meat Company (FIMCo) not hiring seasonal workers, the RBA held a special State of the Industry day.

The day included an update from FIMCo, presentations on global Covid-19 impacts, wool support schemes and a Q&A with MLAs.

News Editor Gavin Short reported the events of the day.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on December 14, 2020.


 

Rural Business Association - State of the Industry part 2 Popular

Tagged in Agriculture, Agriculture Department, British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Farmers-Week, FIMCO, Island Communities, OT, Policy, Politics, sheep, Small Communities, South Atlantic, Southern Hemisphere, Tourism

In response to the Falkland Islands Meat Company (FIMCo) not hiring seasonal workers, the RBA held a special State of the Industry day.

The day included an update from FIMCo, presentations on global Covid-19 impacts, wool support schemes and a Q&A with MLAs.

News Editor Gavin Short reported the events of the day.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on December 15, 2020.


 

Saying Goodbye to Land Mines In The Falkland Islands Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, Documentary, Emergency Services and Island Security, EOD, Explosive ordinance, Explosives, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , falklands, Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, History, Human Interest, Island Communities, Land mines, Landmines, Minefield, Ministry of Defence, OT, radio, Radio Documentary, Small Communities, South Atlantic

Around 30,000 land mines laid by Argentine forces in 1982 have been cleared from the Falkland Islands. 

On October 14th and 15th, planned demolitions of some of the last of these explosives took place near Yorke Bay. This area contained the last minefield in the Falklands. Six detonations took place each day and journalist Traighana Smith joined the Safeland Global team who run the project.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on October 19, 2020.


 

Single Constituency Referendum Debate Popular

Tagged in Britain, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, Constituency, Falkland Islands , government, Island Communities, Lets Talk, OT, Politics, Referendum, Small Communities

What are the benefits of changing to a single constituency? Are there other options?

This Let's Talk panel debate the arguments for and against the Falkland Islands changing to a single constituency.

There are currently two constituencies, Camp and Stanley. On January 31, 2020, the Legislative Assembly passed a bill allowing the constitution to be changed if a single constituency was voted for. Public meetings on West Falkland and in Camp were held in January prior to the original referendum date of  March 26, 2020. With COVID-19 causing a delay, the new referendum date is September 24, 2020.

Host Mark Lewis is joined by MLA Roger Spink, MLA Teslyn Barkman, and Camp residents Bill Luxton and Trevor McPhee to debate the matter.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 9, 2020.


 

Stanley Common Management Plan Popular

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, Cape Pembroke Lighthouse, Commonwealth, Conservation, debate, Documentary, East Falkland, Environment, Environmental research , Falkland Islander, Falklands Conservation, Falklands Radio, Island Communities, Lets Talk, OT, Politics, radio, Radio Documentary, Small Communities, Stanley, Stanley Common Management Plan

Should there be restrictions on how the public land around Stanley can be used?

Stanley Common is public land that surrounds the capital, Stanley. In recent years the use of the common has changed from primarily grazing to recreational activities. The area is a National Nature Reserve and Cape Pembroke is an ImportantPlant Area. A draft management plan for the area suggests limiting certain activities like dog walking and off-road driving in the area and has caused some debate within the community.  

Host, Mike Summers, is joined by MLA Leona Roberts, FIG Director of Policy Diane Simsovic, vehicle user Jay Moffatt, horse owner Grant Munro, and Esther Bertram from Falklands Conservation to discuss the topic.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on January 23, 2019


 

Stanley Nightingale Popular

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A Nightingale-style hospital was built in the Falkland Islands in June.

Over three days a 36-bed ward was assembled, tested, and dismantled in Stanley Leisure Centre. The exercise was a collaboration between the King Edward Memorial Hospital and British Forces South Atlantic. The exercise practised how, and where, health authorities would manage if there was a COVID-19 outbreak in the Falklands. The temporary facility was assembled in under six hours. Those involved, including the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Rebecca Edwards, spoke about the logistics behind such an operation.

Stanley Nightingale exercise ran over June 17, 18 and 19. This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 22, 2020.