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Captain Calamity takes on the Crown, declares independence 英國一人小島宣佈獨立

Stuart Hill on the island of Forvik off the west coast of Shetland on June 17, 2008.


A tiny isle off the coast of Britain’s northern-most island chain is to declare independence, claiming it had never been legally part of the country anyway, the Shetland News said earlier this month.

Forvik island’s only resident, Stuart Hill, said his new territory off the west coast of Shetland recognizes neither the British government nor the European Union and should become a Crown dependency.

In other words, the rocky, one-hectare outcrop would not be part of the United Kingdom, but run its own affairs and have no income, sales, property or corporation taxes.

The 65-year-old, known locally as “Captain Calamity” after being rescued on a doomed circumnavigation attempt of the British Isles seven years ago, also plans to issue his own currency, the Forvik gulde, stamps and a flag.

Secession could inspire Shetland’s 22,000 other residents to follow suit and have positive benefits, Hill said.

“Shetland’s relationship with the United Kingdom is based on the assumption that it is part of Scotland,” he was quoted as saying by the Internet daily from his official residence — a two-man tent. “That assumption is based on deception at the highest level and has been achieved by subterfuge and nobody can give a date on which it happened.

“By declaring Forvik a Crown dependency I am simply reestablishing the correct legal relationship between this part of Shetland and the Crown.

“By doing so I will prove that Shetland as a whole can get the same benefits and more — simply by asserting rights that already exist.”

Hill, who has published a declaration of independence, maintains that Shetland has been in constitutional limbo ever since King James III of Scotland was given the islands from King Christian of Denmark in 1469.


Jose: What are you doing?

Renee: I’m updating my résumé.

Jose: Really! I thought you liked your new company.

Renee: I do, but it’s a sinking ship. Recently I took a look at their financial reports, and I don’t think they’re going to be around much longer.

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a sinking ship 即將倒閉的企業

A sinking ship is a company or other group that is failing and will probably soon go bankrupt or break up. For example, “Everything was going well until the increase in oil prices turned our company into a sinking ship.”

「a sinking ship」是一個經營不善,且可能很快就會破產的公司或團體,例如:「我們公司本來經營得不錯,直到油價飆漲才轉而面臨倒閉」。

Shetland residents jealously guard their Viking heritage and have a closer bond with Norway than London or Edinburgh.













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