The British call them The Falklands, the Argentineans know then as Las Malvinas and it’s 27 years ago today that Argentina invaded those bleak islands in the South Atlantic.
I was working in London at the time and watched the jingoistic response from several quarters, including much of the media ,with a mixture of fascination and horror.
At first there was almost a sense of celebration, some people even started organising sing alongs to revive the hits of World War II.
The mood was more sombre once the dead and wounded started returning and friends in Argentina have told me of the sadness there as they watched young lives lost and many soldiers maimed by dreadful injuries.
I don’t pretend to understand the history and politics. But a friend who shore on the Falklands for several years says the people he met were definite about wanting to be British and feelings still run high in Argentina as this sign, which we spotted outside a military base shows: