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Another bizarre package from the Falkands

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enraged or emphatic?

Last week I mentioned that I’d received a bizarre package with a Falkands postmark, containing two very odd photographs.

In October last year,  several copies of “Don’t Get Fooled Again” had been placed in glass jars, and floated seawards down the river Thames, with a note in English, French and Spanish asking anyone who found them to get in touch, but this was the first time I’d heard anything back.

Now, for the second occasion in as many weeks, another package has arrived, again bearing a Falklands postmark – but this time the photograph it contains seems even odder.

It isn’t clear whether the person pictured is giving the book his emphatic endorsement, or is enraged by something I say in it, or both. Once again, any clues on this would be much appreciated.

PS – On a related note, a reader has left a helpful comment on my other post, saying that “I am from the Falklands where most people know most people, but we don’t recognize this chap. Could be a cruise-ship visitor or a yachtie though, that found it and just posted it from the FI”.

This seems like an interesting possibility – and perhaps now that we have a picture in which my correspondent’s face is a bit clearer this will help to shed further light on things!

Update – 2nd April 2009 – as many readers have guessed, the above account is also not wholly accurate…

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  1. Hello
    I have never been to this island, so, I will not base my comments on the faces or names of the persons who allegedly picked the copies of ‘Don’t Get Fooled Again.’ However, I would be lying if I did not mention that I am perplexed to see that of all copies that were sent to the four corners of the world, the only feedback so far has been from this island.
    I feel like going back to my geography coursebook, checking the types and forces of the different ocean currents that there are in the Atlantic. Knowing which ones are the strongest may hint at why the books ended up not in Cuba, Urugway, or mainland Argentina, but in … the Falklands.
    Have a good day!


    March 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    • Thanks Kabonesho – it is indeed very odd – I can only guess that it must have something to do with the prevailing sea currents – and possibly also a large degree of luck!

      Richard Wilson

      March 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm

  2. I think you should set up a facey group, richard. “find this man!” it could be as famous as the thumb man bloke. plus great pr for your book!

    hope you’re well my dear x


    March 24, 2009 at 5:24 pm

  3. A skeptic always assumes both. Congratulations on the book!

    S. T. Krueger

    March 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm

  4. It’s quite clear that he is protesting at your wanton littering of the world’s oceans.


    March 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm

  5. This is a man who supports Spurs and Barnet and is a very confused person. This book has obviously confused the poor man even more and enraged his sole. You will probably find him wandering the islands of Scotland talking to Puffins looking for the answer to all lifes great questions like how do blind people know when they have done wiping?


    March 24, 2009 at 7:40 pm

  6. …best explanation so far definitely goes to JJ Slim (although STG is a good second!). I think the pieces may finally be falling into place!

    Richard Wilson

    March 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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