Just seen this article: Argies Off Again I know this is an ongoing thing, and the FO usually just appear to file it under "they must have been having a riot again and want to distract their population" but this looks like quite an escalation (especially if the drilling is starting in earnest by March). The big question is should the Booties be on map reading courses? Also to do their bit the RAF scouring their museums for any planes that work and "might come in handy and could do with a jaunt" "Argentina blocks supply ship to Falklands Argentina has escalated its dispute with Britain over oil and gas exploration in the South Atlantic, blocking a ship from leaving with equipment it said would have been used to support drilling around the Falkland Islands." The article adds at the end: The latest battles are mostly waged by diplomats - both countries have filed claims with international organisations over rights to the seabed surrounding the islands. Meanwhile, British companies are moving ahead with exploration. Desire Petroleum Plc has licensed six areas around the islands where it says 3.5 billion barrels of oil and 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas can be recovered from relatively shallow deposits. The company is bringing in the Ocean Guardian, a $35 million offshore oil rig, that it expects to begin drilling in earnest by month's end.