Argentina takes back the Falkland Islands - according to John Lewis Poole

Bournemouth Echo: Argentina takes back the Falkland Islands - according to John Lewis Poole Argentina takes back the Falkland Islands - according to John Lewis Poole

A globe featuring the Falklands Islands marked with their Argentinian name has sparked outrage after going on sale at John Lewis in Poole.

The British-ruled South Atlantic islands are incorrectly marked as Las Malvinas on the 8-inch diameter globe, which costs £95.

There is no reference to their English name nor the fact that they are a UK overseas territory.

Red-faced bosses at the department store are now facing calls from angry Falklands War veterans to apologise and withdraw the globe from their shelves.

One Falklands hero called for a boycott on the chain, describing the blunder as an "own goal for the Brits".

The shocking mistake has been blamed on a design error by the globe's Indian suppliers.

The 'Curiosity' globe, that is mounted on a silver stand, is described on John Lewis' website as 'a brilliant way to add a traditional touch of knowledge to the room'.

Larger versions of the globes sold by the chain have the Falklands Islands correctly labelled.

The Falklands Islands, under British rule since 1833, were invaded by Argentine troops in 1982 after a longstanding dispute over sovereignty of the archipelago boiled over.

More than 250 British soldiers lost their lives liberating the islands in the 74-day conflict.

Earlier this year, islands overwhelmingly voted for the Falklands to remain a UK overseas territory in a referendum.

Tony Chambers, from Sherborne, Dorset, served as helicopter engineer with 848 Naval Air Squadron in the Falklands War.

Mr Chambers, 49, said: "I'm shocked that a British company such as John Lewis would do something like this.

"It is very disrespectful and there will be lots of people upset by this.

"It is a real insult. There is no such thing as the Malvinas - the correct name is the Falklands.

"Argentina will see this as points scored for them and an own goal by the Brits.

"I will be boycotting John Lewis until they issue an unreserved apology and remove the offending globe from their shelves."

The globe is on sale at the John Lewis store in Poole among other UK outlets.

One John Lewis customer, who asked not to be named, said: "I'm disgusted and appalled that John Lewis would sell this globe.

"It is a huge insult to the servicemen who gave everything for their country to keep the Falklands British."

John Lewis said an initial sample supplied by the manufacturers had the islands marked correctly but a second batch were incorrect.

A spokesman said: "As soon as we became aware of this, we contacted the supplier to ensure that all replenished stock featured the original approved design."

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1:13pm Mon 13 May 13

twynham says...

Did any of these shocked and upset people know where the Falklands were before '82?
Did any of these shocked and upset people know where the Falklands were before '82? twynham
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1:17pm Mon 13 May 13

kingstonpaul says...

Are we in danger of over-reacting here? Are we really so jingoistic, we can't accept w wee schoolboy howler? Lighten up, belive me, there really are much more shocjing things to get 'disgusted and appalled' about.
Are we in danger of over-reacting here? Are we really so jingoistic, we can't accept w wee schoolboy howler? Lighten up, belive me, there really are much more shocjing things to get 'disgusted and appalled' about. kingstonpaul
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1:53pm Mon 13 May 13

Arthur Maureen says...

kingstonpaul wrote:
Are we in danger of over-reacting here? Are we really so jingoistic, we can't accept w wee schoolboy howler? Lighten up, belive me, there really are much more shocjing things to get 'disgusted and appalled' about.
Not if you can be bothered to contact the echo and have lots of time on your hands...
[quote][p][bold]kingstonpaul[/bold] wrote: Are we in danger of over-reacting here? Are we really so jingoistic, we can't accept w wee schoolboy howler? Lighten up, belive me, there really are much more shocjing things to get 'disgusted and appalled' about.[/p][/quote]Not if you can be bothered to contact the echo and have lots of time on your hands... Arthur Maureen
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3:23pm Mon 13 May 13

Oldalbanian says...

It was a "mistake". It was not intentional and no offence was intended. Get over it!
It was a "mistake". It was not intentional and no offence was intended. Get over it! Oldalbanian
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6:36pm Mon 13 May 13

In Absentia says...

Calm down dear!
Calm down dear! In Absentia
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7:48pm Mon 13 May 13

X Old Bill says...

More than one error here:

Stanley (the capital of the Falkland Islands) is officially called just 'Stanley', or to the locals: 'Town'.
It used to be called Port Stanley and even up till 1982 some people still used either name.

Also: Puerto Deseado in Argentina is not just plain 'Deseado'.

Also: Puerto Montt in Chile is spelt wrongly.

Also note: The colour of the Islands on the map is not the same as Argentina, so obviously no connection intended there.
But then the Argentine claim on TdF is the same colour as Uruguay - So the whole globe is probably a complete mess and not worth £95.

If you don't like it then don't buy it - I certainly wont.
More than one error here: Stanley (the capital of the Falkland Islands) is officially called just 'Stanley', or to the locals: 'Town'. It used to be called Port Stanley and even up till 1982 some people still used either name. Also: Puerto Deseado in Argentina is not just plain 'Deseado'. Also: Puerto Montt in Chile is spelt wrongly. Also note: The colour of the Islands on the map is not the same as Argentina, so obviously no connection intended there. But then the Argentine claim on TdF is the same colour as Uruguay - So the whole globe is probably a complete mess and not worth £95. If you don't like it then don't buy it - I certainly wont. X Old Bill
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10:50pm Mon 13 May 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

twynham wrote:
Did any of these shocked and upset people know where the Falklands were before '82?
I guess they were in the same place?
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: Did any of these shocked and upset people know where the Falklands were before '82?[/p][/quote]I guess they were in the same place? HRH of Boscombe
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11:12pm Mon 13 May 13

arti273 says...

Picture the scene ... the Newsdesk sees a story yesterday in the Daily Mail, a quick Google later and they are on the phone to a randomly selected Falklands veteran.

He's boycotting John Lewis. A chain whose nearest store is 40 miles from his home town of Sherborne.

Instead he's shopping on Amazon, while drinking a latte in Starbucks and talking on his Vodafone phone.
Picture the scene ... the Newsdesk sees a story yesterday in the Daily Mail, a quick Google later and they are on the phone to a randomly selected Falklands veteran. He's boycotting John Lewis. A chain whose nearest store is 40 miles from his home town of Sherborne. Instead he's shopping on Amazon, while drinking a latte in Starbucks and talking on his Vodafone phone. arti273
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1:57am Tue 14 May 13

guisselle says...

Storm in a tea-cup comes to mind.
Storm in a tea-cup comes to mind. guisselle
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8:49am Tue 14 May 13

mark.s says...

Talk about an over reaction. I'm not sure the Falklands suddenly change nationality just because a globe on sale on John Lewis says so.
Talk about an over reaction. I'm not sure the Falklands suddenly change nationality just because a globe on sale on John Lewis says so. mark.s
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10:18am Tue 14 May 13

I-H-S says...

I imagine that this item is being sold in a section of the store alongside gas mantles, gramophone needles and fount pen bladders and other items which no modern home should be without.
I imagine that this item is being sold in a section of the store alongside gas mantles, gramophone needles and fount pen bladders and other items which no modern home should be without. I-H-S
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1:24pm Tue 14 May 13

cherrydragon says...

Big deal. A no-story.
Big deal. A no-story. cherrydragon
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3:20pm Tue 14 May 13

guisselle says...

Well it did belong to Argentina originally
didn't it?
Well it did belong to Argentina originally didn't it? guisselle
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6:50pm Tue 14 May 13

X Old Bill says...

guisselle wrote:
Well it did belong to Argentina originally
didn't it?
No, definitely not - Argentina did not exist when the British first settled there.

Spain maybe had a claim, France also, but Argentina, no.
[quote][p][bold]guisselle[/bold] wrote: Well it did belong to Argentina originally didn't it?[/p][/quote]No, definitely not - Argentina did not exist when the British first settled there. Spain maybe had a claim, France also, but Argentina, no. X Old Bill
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9:09pm Tue 14 May 13

GAHmusic says...

Is Orkney and Shetland off the tip of Argentina? I never knew that
Is Orkney and Shetland off the tip of Argentina? I never knew that GAHmusic
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7:52am Wed 15 May 13

l'anglais says...

X Old Bill wrote:
guisselle wrote:
Well it did belong to Argentina originally
didn't it?
No, definitely not - Argentina did not exist when the British first settled there.

Spain maybe had a claim, France also, but Argentina, no.
Britain didn't exist when the Picts, Romans and Vikings first settled here.

Give it back to them you thieving swines.
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]guisselle[/bold] wrote: Well it did belong to Argentina originally didn't it?[/p][/quote]No, definitely not - Argentina did not exist when the British first settled there. Spain maybe had a claim, France also, but Argentina, no.[/p][/quote]Britain didn't exist when the Picts, Romans and Vikings first settled here. Give it back to them you thieving swines. l'anglais
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