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During the Second World War the British government built several Fortress islands in the North Sea to defend its coasts from German invaders. These forts were built illegally in international waters.The famous royal fort Roughs Tower situated slightly north of the Thames river and approximately at a distance of 7 nautical miles from the coast. That was more a distance of 3 mile range of territorial distance as per the then applicable law which in turn made it situated in the international waters of the North sea.
In the early 1950 the fort was abandoned to comply with the international law and then after in 1966 Roy Bates a former infantry major in the first battalion Royal Fusiliers decided to take over the fortress.
2nd September 1967, Roy declared The Principality of Sealand raising a newly designed flag and titled his wife “Princess Joan” along with his son Michael (14), daughter Penelope (16) and several friends and followers.
Sealand is not recognized by the other countries and In 1987, the UK extended its territorial waters from three to twelve miles. Sealand now sits inside waters that Britain claims as its territory though Michael Bates claims himself to be the prince of Sealand and they have their own stamps, national anthem, money, flag, and more things just like a real country.
Sealand is also granting titles like Lord, Lady, Baron or Baroness. You need to pay as low as £29.99 to become a Lord or Lady and also paying £19.99 can own a piece of Sealand territory. To own the title Count or Countess, one has to pay only £199.99.
Charity football match was also sometimes organised to raise money for good cause. One of such occasions when Fulham All Stars V Sealand All Stars match was organised.
Interestingly, At the beginning of 2007, the Bates put an ad in the newspaper. They would like to sell Sealand for 65 million pounds.
On 13th February, Saturday, we went to Mandarmani. We were accompanied by family of my three friends – Shomudro, Dohinee and Atrisekhar. While going we lost our way. We looked for the way for hours. Finally, we found our friends waiting for us. In the meantime, while playing, accidentally Shomudro injured himself.
We stayed in a hotel named Marino Beach Resort for 2 days and 1 night. We booked 3 rooms. After reaching our hotel, went to our rooms, changed our clothes and went to the sea. On our way, we found a treasure, buried under the sands of the beach. We had fun splashing in the sea. We went back to our rooms. In the evening, we saw the sunset sitting by the sea beach. When it was dark we had a barbecue in the garden. All of us enjoyed and took part in he music that was played there. We played many games like kabbadi, fooball, badminton in the flood-light of the hotel. We invented a game which I named “slow-haating” (slow-walking).
The next morning we played with two rabbits. I named them Raju and Kaju. We played football again. After we had our breakfast, we went to the sea again. We jumped over the waves. I chopped the waves imagining them as a mischievous giant. Dohinee and I enjoyed floating in the water. Shomudro and Atrisekhar was splashing water at each other. We all had coconut water by the beach. Shomudro suddenly said that there was no “haansh” (duck) in the coconut. We all shouted “WHAT?” and then aunty (Shomudra’s mother) explained that it was “shaansh” (coconut meat) that he was talking about. Everyone loved the word “haansh inside coconut”. After having great time in the sea, we had our lunch and started back home. On our way back, we had snacks in a restaurant. It was a lovely trip and I will cherish it throughout my life. We will go back to Mandermani and hunt the treasure which we have marked.
Last Sunday, I went to a picnic with my family and friends. It was a place called Kanak Garden. We went there in our own car.
On the way we picked up one of our friend and his family. When we reached there, everyone had already started to play. We joined them in the middle of the game. We played cricket and my team won. In the middle of the game, my mother forced me to have my breakfast. We had puri, sabzi and jelebi. We then made two teams. One team was of few dads and another team was with my friends. We played football. The game ended without any goal. After that I played a new game called ‘Housie’. I even won a ten rupees prize.
Then our dad’s began to lay the tables for our lunch. We had our lunch together. When our parents were having lunch, some of us clicked pictures of them and few served them. After lunch, as our parents were not allowing us to play cricket or football or badminton, we started playing hit the wicket. I was able to hit the wicket three times. Slowly it stated to get dark. We all said goodbye to each other and returned home.
This is the first time I went to such a picnic. I enjoyed it very much.
India is a place that has a bounty of natural beauty as its possession since time immemorial. It has been a hot bed of tourism. It has been visited many a times by the global tourist all over the world. India is special destination and has occupied a central position in the minds of every visitor who back visit India.
But times have changed, political agitations, turmoil and natural calamities catastrophic have been common in every corner of India. It is not a dream land for tourist as it was before. Starting from Kashmir, it had witnessed horrifying flood last year. It is one of the favoured hunting grounds of the tourists because of the disputes that lie near this territory between the nations India and Pakistan. As the Paradise in Earth , as it is fondly called is no longer such and many even fear to go there.
Also another place that has witnessed the natural catastrophies in the recent past is the Uttarakhand. The Kedarnath flood still haunts the pilgrims of the Char Dham Yatra. This particular disaster took the lines of the several pilgrims and many of them were missing. No body knows what had happened to them. Another place is the Arunachal Pradesh, that is the victim of the Boru Movement As it borders India and China the region is also prone to several disputes between the nations.
Forests, lakes, rivers and mountains run across the India mainland. They are our natural beauties that is inheritant and we need to protect them. The central part of India – Madhyapradesh, Jharkhand with its rich forest and other biosphere reserves are a place infested by the terrorists. Andhra Pradesh because of the Telengana movement is also a dreaded pl ace to visit .
That is how the present day condition in India is no longer a dream land of visitors. The Government in order to fulfill its plan of “Incredible India” needs to crush this disturba nces. If only this is then India can be made a better place but us walk hand in hand in order to make India a better place to live.
It was a rainy evening and i was returning from my tution classes. Unlike all the other normal days i was not accompanied by my father as he went for a tour at Delhi. The rain seemed to be increasing with every moment. It seemed that the Rain God was not in a good mood that day because of the heavy downpour. Also it was not possible to get any bus or a taxi at that time because the streets were to much deserted.
At that moment i found a car just stopped in front of me. The driver of the car was none other than Mr. A. Bannerjee, our next door neighbour. He opened the window of the car and asked me “Hey you, just hop in!” I thought that I could finally reach home. As I sat in the car, he drove me to my home. Inside the car the air was very chilling. I thought that i was feeling cold as i was all wet. Very unlikely of him, he did not speak a word on the way. To break the uneasy silence, i asked him, “How was your visit to Darjeeling, uncle?” To my astonishment, he did not reply. On reaching my home i told him “Thanks for the lift”. He said nothing and drove speedily away. I saw the car vanished round the corner.
I was all soaked when i reached home. My mother gave me some food to eat for dinner. She then said something, which i was not at all ready to hear. She told that Mr. Banerjee, our neighbour passed away on the way back home from Darjeeling. He suffered a massive heart attack. The food in my mouth froze and i was seized with horror.
When we went to Darjeeling, we went for a ride on the Toy Train from Ghum Station. This station is famous for it’s height. It was a wonderful ride. The Toy Train had a steam engine at the front. It had 2 bogies from the steam engine. I was full of joy and happiness after the ride. I came to know that this train was closed for 5 years and from 11th June 2015 it again started it’s journey from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. It is the Unesco World Heritage train. The scenary along it’s route is spectacular. It passes through Batasia loop. At Batasia loop there is a beautiful garden where the train stops for a while. It is one of the tourist attraction of West Bengal. – Soumil, 8 years
This island has an area of about 113.93 km. it is the largest of the islands that comprises Richie Archphalages –a chain of islands that lies to the east of the great Andaman in the Andaman Islands. It is situated 57 km north from the city Port Blair. This group of island is named after a British General Henry Havelock, who served in India.
The access to Havelock is via the following ways:
- Government ferry
- Coastal cruise
- Express Bhagya
The several activities (water sports) that one can experience are
- Sea walk
- Scuba diving
- Banana ride
- Fishing and trips to abandoned islands is also very popular.
Famous beaches in Havelock
- Radhanagar Beach
- Kalapatthar Beach
- Elephanta Beach
- Vijaynagar Beach
Important facts for the visitors:
One can easily spot some dolphins in the Kalapatthar Beach (a famous tourist attraction)
The average temperature in Havelock is 38 degree Centigrade and real feel is 49 degree centigrade
One should carry his/her sun screen lotion to protect himself/herself against possible tan.
The population mainly consists of Bengalis and Bangladeshis who settled there after 1971.
The five villages in Havelock, which are Gobindanagar, Shyamnagar, Radhanagar, Krishnanagar and Vijaynagar have there similar to the villages in West Bengal. The Radhanagar Beach (beach no.7) has awarded as the best beach in Asia in 2014 by ‘time’.
- The Symphony Palm beach at Gobindnagar village
- The Bare footResort.
- Sea Shell Resort
Soumalya, 14 years