Ascencion Island is a lot bigger than it looks

Mr_Fingerz

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No it isn't... did anyone ever experience the bar at the top of the hill climb to be actually 'open' when they got there?!!!
 

Alsacien

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It was much easier when we had a navy bigger than the next 3 combined - the sea was ours, no questions.

Now sadly the Royal Navy could just about cope with defending the Isle of Wight....... :cry:
 
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Alsacien said:
It was much easier when we had a navy bigger than the next 3 combined - the sea was ours, no questions.

Now sadly the Royal Navy could just about cope with defending the Isle of Wight....... :cry:
But not with an onshore wind...
 
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Gundulph said:
No it isn't... did anyone ever experience the bar at the top of the hill climb to be actually 'open' when they got there?!!!
:D
Yep every night
 
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hav ethey built a bar at the top of the hill? [Green Mountain]???? The highest point where one could get a bevvy was the red lion up by the farm.
 
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Nah no bar on green Mountain, just up the slight incline past the cookhouse
 
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Oh and you have to wave to all the locals - had a Bllocking once from the base commander for not waving :)
 
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what possible reason would there be to defend the isle of wright?
there is a stab platoon on the island aka the cousins :twisted: some of them even have the right number of fingers and toes :evil:
 
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BANDSMAN69 said:
For what it is worth 'me mams' from St Helena. I know it doesn't relate to the thread thought I'd mention it though.........
I was one of the first kids that Miss Edith Timm ever taught. Ask your mam. She'll know her.

That doesn't relate to the thread either.
 
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BANDSMAN69 said:
accidentalscaley LOL I love 'me mam' sister/brother/auntie/grandmother' so there...
How often?
 
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Gundulph said:
No it isn't... did anyone ever experience the bar at the top of the hill climb to be actually 'open' when they got there?!!!
:x

On my first visit to Ascension (1985 - civvy job), I'd heard about the Red Lion and decided to make it a stopping point on a ramble where I would also pick up a few cans of soft drinks to take with me on the remainder of the walk.

In hindsight, when I found the place deserted, I should have turned back, having no drinks with me. By the time I'd visited Boatswain Bird Island, English Bay and Comfortless Cove and not found an ice-cream van at any of them, I was delirious and glad to stumble into Georgetown, where I thought I'd be able to get a drink. Alas, everywhere was shut!

I continued on towards Travellers Hill via the coast road and was surprised and delighted to find that there was a function on at the US Base (4th July celebration) - this was why Georgetown was deserted. At last - a chance to get a drink.

Alas, only Budweiser was on offer. Being severely dehydrated, it didn't go down too well. I haven't touched the stuff since.
 
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enterprise said:
it was hotter than i thought as well..
ex5skin said:
am off there in november, any tips?
I was there in 1985 (June - November) and experienced 30 degree temperatures (night and day) and a constant 30mph wind. During that time, it rained twice. Once it was drizzle for an afternoon, the other time it was a torrential downpour that lasted only 30 minutes, but took out most of the roads.

I went back a couple of years ago in October and it rained every day for a fortnight, with temperatures varying between 14 degrees and 30 degrees.

So the tip is, prepare for hot and sunny, but don't forget your waterproofs and a warm pullover.
 

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