The distant islands fantasy travel thread


Dan Pop-o-matic
Posts: 2034
Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2007 13:40
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/DanPopomatic
Location: Sheffields

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Mon Aug 18, 2014 14:21

That's ace!

The mention of the Dominion of Melchizedek led me to read more about it. It's a pretty rum do all round:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominion_of_Melchizedek

User avatar
lynsosaurus
Posts: 3469
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 18:13
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Auld Reekie
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Aug 20, 2014 14:25

I'm totally obsessed with the idea of going to Tristan da Cunha, Saint Helena and Ascension Island. I reckon it would be amazing to visit these three islands that have nothing really in common except being stuck right in the middle of the Atlantic, and are separated by thousands of miles, yet they're technically governed as the same territory. Also, I fucking love erosion, and there's something beautiful about volcanic islands and how they erode.

User avatar
humblebee
Posts: 10543
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2007 16:33
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/atomicbeatboy
Location: Sheffields
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Wed Sep 10, 2014 09:34

Not exactly 'distant', but I'm kind of intrigued by the chain of islands that runs parallel to the north coast of the Netherlands, like a dotted line waiting to be signed on. Is there a collective name for them? What can anyone tell us about them?

User avatar
This Is Helena
Posts: 284
Joined: Fri Mar 20, 2009 23:38
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/tout_va_bien
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by This Is Helena » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:54

humblebee wrote:Not exactly 'distant', but I'm kind of intrigued by the chain of islands that runs parallel to the north coast of the Netherlands, like a dotted line waiting to be signed on. Is there a collective name for them? What can anyone tell us about them?
I think they're called the West Frisian Islands and that's where my knowledge ends.
be popular play pop

User avatar
humblebee
Posts: 10543
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2007 16:33
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/atomicbeatboy
Location: Sheffields
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:17

This Is Helena wrote:I think they're called the West Frisian Islands and that's where my knowledge ends.
Well, that gives me something to search the web for, which is more than I had before, so thankyou!

User avatar
humblebee
Posts: 10543
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2007 16:33
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/atomicbeatboy
Location: Sheffields
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Fri Sep 19, 2014 17:15

This is a bit lovely - a journey to St Kilda from Tobermory:
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/video ... fins-video

User avatar
RITH
Posts: 3355
Joined: Mon Oct 01, 2007 08:35
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/RITH
Location: Almere
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by RITH » Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:32

humblebee wrote:Not exactly 'distant', but I'm kind of intrigued by the chain of islands that runs parallel to the north coast of the Netherlands, like a dotted line waiting to be signed on. Is there a collective name for them? What can anyone tell us about them?
We (the Dutch) call them the Waddeneilanden. The Dutch ones are:

Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog (all populated) and Noorderhaaks, Rottumerplaat and Rottumeroog (unpopulated).

Further up there are a number of German and Danish islands, about which I know nothing.

User avatar
crystalball
Posts: 5197
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 18:04
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/felters
Location: That London
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Mon Sep 29, 2014 15:16

RITH wrote:
humblebee wrote:Not exactly 'distant', but I'm kind of intrigued by the chain of islands that runs parallel to the north coast of the Netherlands, like a dotted line waiting to be signed on. Is there a collective name for them? What can anyone tell us about them?
We (the Dutch) call them the Waddeneilanden. The Dutch ones are:

Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog (all populated) and Noorderhaaks, Rottumerplaat and Rottumeroog (unpopulated).

Further up there are a number of German and Danish islands, about which I know nothing.
There are some nice photos of the German Frisian islands on the Reclaiming Doggerland website. All sand dunes and stuff. All quite pretty.

Have we talked about Tashirojima on here? Also known as the 'Cat Island': four cats per human inhabitant.

Image

Image

I know!

User avatar
humblebee
Posts: 10543
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2007 16:33
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/atomicbeatboy
Location: Sheffields
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Mon Sep 29, 2014 20:37

That is the most brilliant thing I have ever heard.

User avatar
lynsosaurus
Posts: 3469
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 18:13
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Auld Reekie
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Sep 30, 2014 09:36

When are we moving?

User avatar
crystalball
Posts: 5197
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 18:04
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/felters
Location: That London
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:08

Lyns, when I was obsessing over Tashirojima last week, I chanced upon another wonder that you'll love, if you don't already: Aogashima. An island with an active volcano that looks like all the magical:

Image

Kildophiles! New pictures discovered from a tourist trip there at the end of the 1920s: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/arts/ ... -1-3563522

Image

User avatar
lynsosaurus
Posts: 3469
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 18:13
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Auld Reekie
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by lynsosaurus » Mon Oct 06, 2014 14:44

OH MY.

User avatar
humblebee
Posts: 10543
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2007 16:33
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/atomicbeatboy
Location: Sheffields
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Mon Oct 06, 2014 16:46

Hirta tourism publicity wrote:Come and See Britain’s Modern Primitives
Shitting hell, there's no wonder they got fed up and left.

User avatar
humblebee
Posts: 10543
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2007 16:33
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/atomicbeatboy
Location: Sheffields
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Thu Oct 09, 2014 09:29

While we're at it, there's a rather fine new blog post about St Kilda on the Ordnance Survey website:
http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/20 ... n-the-map/
Last edited by humblebee on Fri Nov 07, 2014 14:28, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
crystalball
Posts: 5197
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 18:04
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/felters
Location: That London
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:07

I know, I know, but.
A unique opportunity to buy an unspoilt 63.75 acre island located in the scenic and sheltered Vaila Sound on the west side of Shetland. Linga is located close to the Mainland with year round access possible. Shetland is the most northerly island group of the British Isles, closer to Norway than Scotland. It is a place of spectacular scenery and beauty with an abundance of wildlife. This is an exciting development opportunity with Linga having planning consent for the building of a pier and storage shed with reception area, new agricultural buildings, a two acre loch with traditional watermill as well as the rebuilding of the two derelict cottages and the erection of a new cottage. The planning consent also includes a windmill and solar panels for power, septic tanks with reed beds for sewage and rainwater capture from the cottage and shed roofs to provide the fresh water supply making it ECO friendly and energy efficient.

Type: Croft Land
Price: Offers over £250,000 are invited
Status: Available
http://www.neilrisk.com/assets/files/Is ... -Linga.pdf

User avatar
crystalball
Posts: 5197
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 18:04
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/felters
Location: That London
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Tue Nov 18, 2014 13:38

Lofoten Islands. All the things I could possibly love about a place are here. I'm breathless!


User avatar
crystalball
Posts: 5197
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 18:04
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/felters
Location: That London
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:07

St Kilda was evacuated for the second time ever the other day: http://www.ampaipear.org.uk/storm-force ... evacuation

That story made me realise that I'm in total denial about all that military presence there. It's all pretty grim, really. I'll have to shut my eyes when I land on Village Bay on my way to go live in a cleit forever.

islandhopper
Posts: 3441
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2007 00:44
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/mi-fhein
Location: I belong to Glasgow

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by islandhopper » Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:25

They built quite the most monstrous buildings too. But then they are about the only reason anyone is still able to live there at all today.

User avatar
humblebee
Posts: 10543
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2007 16:33
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/atomicbeatboy
Location: Sheffields
Contact:

Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Fri Jan 16, 2015 16:06

The diaries of a couple who were among the last residents of St Kilda are going to be published online:
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/herit ... -1-3662956

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest