National Geographic : 1956 Mar
In the event of an emergency requiring a of....... p . doctor or a trip to the hospital in Stanley, the plane would come if weather permitted. When the plane was needed only for a busi ness or social visit, a reservation would be made and one waited his turn, which might take a few days or weeks. Nearly every home has its radio, on which it receives Stanley news and various programs by shortwave from London or the United States. Many farms have electric plants pro viding power for radios as well as for illumina tion and pumps. Those without this ma chinery rely on batteries revived daily by wind chargers, always a dependable means of power in the Falklands. Education on West Falkland and elsewhere in the camp is supplied by traveling teachers, who journey by horse, boat, or plane from + Lambs Rush from the Pen After a Night's Captivity Twenty-four hours earlier shepherds rounded up the entire flock and drove it into the paddock. Too young for shearing, these lambs are freed in early morning. Grown sheep, divested of their coats, will join them in the fields later. +One sheep yields about 11 pounds of wool. An experienced shepherd can remove the fleece with hand clippers in 10 minutes. Jacob Goss demonstrates his handiwork. 405 shearing, but it soon drifted into discussions of plays seen in London or of the state of world affairs. Most of the islanders, we found, visit England more often than most Americans go to New York. A few of the owners and their families return to the moth erland as often as every other year, while the FIC's farm managers and other employees, together with their families, take a six-month holiday in England every three years. In every owner's or manager's home there was a two-way radio-telephone set supplied by the Government. Each day, at an appointed time, someone, generally the wife of an owner or manager, talked to Stanley. Almost in variably she reported on the weather (always important news in the Falklands!); some times she sent or received telegrams for the farm people, talked with the doctor if there ,. was a medical problem, or called the harbor master if a plane was needed.