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View from the Falklands: The other British isles

Amid the sheep and battlefields of the Falklands, the diversity is a surprise

By Jennifer Coombs   May 2017

©Renato Granieri/Alamy stock photo

The Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic offer a starkly beautiful but treeless landscape of mountains, moorland and rivers. Britain has ruled the Falklands for the best part of two centuries, but scarcely knew it until the Argentinian invasion in 1982.

We flew into Mount Pleasant Airport from Santiago in Chile on the once weekly service from mainland South America. An alternative is to fly with the RAF  from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on one of the twice-weekly flights (20 civilian seats available, subject to…

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