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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-07-17 17:13
Subject: Mysteries of the World, #1
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There is an Easter Island, discovered on Easter day in 1722.

There is a Christmas Island, discovered on Christmas Day, 1643.

But I've never heard of a Halloween Island. Surely this is a little suspicious - can there never have been any explorer who ever found any island anywhere on that day? I think we should be told!
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Sheep with a guitar
User: sbp
Date: 2006-07-17 12:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Or a Thanksgiving Island. But there is a Guy Fawkes Island - http://www.starfish.ch/scubadiving/Galapagos-center.html

I reckon Halloween is a modern festival and everywhere had been explored by the time it was invented.
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hesadevil: On a ship that sailed the moon
User: hesadevil
Date: 2006-07-17 14:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:On a ship that sailed the moon
I reckon Halloween is a modern festival
If it's given its original name Samhain it goes back a long way. The celebration of Samhain crossed the pond with Irish emigrants, pumpkins replaced the turnips, 'pranks' became formalised as trick or treat, and the whole shenanigans returned to the British Isles on a bicycle bearing a small boy and an alien from outer space - maybe that's where the 'island' is to be found, somewhere amond the stars?
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Sheep with a guitar
User: sbp
Date: 2006-07-17 20:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We weren't looking for Samhain Island though, we were looking for Halloween Island, if such a thing exists.

I like Disappointment Island best. Ooh and there's an Isle of Pigs (Ile aux Cochons). And Yap. And Bickerton. And Nosy Be. And Krk. And Thayawthadangyi. There are even two named after Geographical Societies.

And of course Noman.

(http://islands.unep.ch/isldir.htm)
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2006-07-17 14:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have been snorkeling around the Whitsunday Islands (well some of them anyway), and been on a day trip to Magnetic Island (which was very dull).
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surliminal
User: surliminal
Date: 2006-07-17 19:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've been to them AND Daydream Island, which is the best name of an island evah.
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Tim Illingworth
User: timill
Date: 2006-07-17 15:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So: where is August Bank Holiday Island, anyway?
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surliminal
User: surliminal
Date: 2006-07-17 19:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Damn! Beat me to it!
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-07-18 04:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In answer to the question, I believe it's the other side of the Solent from Southampton.

(How far can an explorer get on an August Bank Holiday weekend.)
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surliminal
User: surliminal
Date: 2006-07-17 19:04 (UTC)
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Lord in heaven - I guessed this one and it existed! http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=1900-10=
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-07-17 19:10 (UTC)
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My goodness.
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