Thursday, January 12, 2012

From One Island National To Another...........

Despite it being 'owned' by France, I've suddenly become very fond of a small island in the Indian Ocean called Reunion. It's had several names over the centuries, as often happens with small islands in the Indian Ocean but for now, it's called Reunion.

Yesterday, someone from that small island (in the Indian Ocean) put in a Google search for a description of tangelos and up popped my blog post from this time last year. He (or she) got a very informative post about tangelos and I got my 142nd visitor from a different country.

The island is only 39 miles long x 28 miles wide but has a population of over 800,000. Its closest neighbours are Mauritius, 120 miles to the NE and the much larger Madagascar 450 miles to the west. Of course we all know that Madagascar is full of funny animated animals, many not exactly indigenous to the island including a lion, a giraffe, a hippo and a zebra. Sightings of several penguins have been reported but conservationists remain sceptical.

So anyway, thank you, Reunion Islander. How are things in the Indian Ocean ? Damp ?

On that topic, Reunion does hold a world record though. Two in fact.

Between 15th and 16th March 1952, the town of Cilaos 'received' 73.62in of rainfall, the greatest 24hr precipitation total ever recorded on earth. And the island also holds the record for the 72hr total in March 2007.

I guess what we must take from these facts is......never EVER visit Reunion in March !!

Oh and for all those interested, clearly I cheated death again last night. And I woke with my spleen intact. Win, win.


rhymeswithplague said...
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rhymeswithplague said...

I think my comment just went off into the void, but as I was saying, I counted all the little flags I have managed to capture on my blog from Feedjit, and the total is 141.

I wonder whether we have the same ones. Also, two of mine are European Union and Palestinian Territory, and I don't know whether they should count.

My most recent new guest was from Fiji. I already had Reunion.

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

Huh. I only have 90 nationalities visiting me, and no Reunion!! What am I doing wroing, I ask myself? Why am I unattractive to Reunionists .. or Reunioners ... or wait - Reunion islanders?

Still, I am glad you woke up alive again.

Bike Locks said...

Moving from one to another is really fun and humour. Passing time on an Island is itself a good thing. Reunion does hold a world record though. Two in fact.

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