back to article Podule-lodged Brit nears two weeks atop ocean peak Rockall

Brit adventurer Nick Hancock is approaching two weeks in a survival podule atop the North Atlantic outcrop of Rockall in his attempt to spend 60 days on the world's remotest islet in aid of Help for Heroes. Nick Hancock and his survival podule atop Rockall. Pic: Nick Hancock Twitching: Nick Hancock and his survival podule …


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  1. Mark #255

    Of Redshanks

    Redshanks are wading birds; their typical habitat is shores with lots of sand/silt/mud where they can hunt for wriggly things. Rockall is fairly far removed from that type of environ.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Has to be said

    There's barely enough room to have a wank in that.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Has to be said

      He could always step outside, it's not as if anyone is going to be watching...

      1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

        no one watching?

        There is the odd Russian Submarine, Chinese Factory ship passing by but....

        Don't for get the spy overhead. The NSA will be watching closely in case he takes a pee that they can see. Then a big black submarine flying the Stars and Stripes will appear and remove him to Gitmo because he is clearly a danger to the civilised world.

  3. Jim 59


    The Wikipedia page is worth a look, eg:

    In a House of Commons debate in 1971, William Ross, MP for Kilmarnock, said: "More people have landed on the moon than have landed on Rockall."

    1. Bloakey1

      Re: Rockall

      Cue Joan Collin's joke And only 3 million people have been up the Eiffel tower.

      Now at the end, the article infers that the Scottish claim it!!! Hmmm.

      Sgeir Rocail, hmm an ancient pebble thrown out to sea by Finn Mcool back in the days when men were men and sheep were nervous. Nearer to Ireland than anywhere else but hey ho.

      Rock on Rockall

      Oh the empire is finished no foreign lands to seize

      So the greedy eyes of England are looking towards the seas

      Two hundred miles from Donegal, there's a place that's called Rockall

      And the groping hands of Whitehall are grabbing at its walls

      Oh rock on Rockall, you'll never fall to Britain's greedy hands

      Or you'll meet the same resistance that you did in many lands

      May the seagulls rise and pluck your eyes and the water crush your shell,

      And the natural gas will burn your ass and blow you all to hell.


      1. Alfie

        Re: Rockall

        Specifically in reference to the act of parliament claiming it from Wikipedia

        The Island of Rockall Act 1972 (c. 2) is a British Act of Parliament formally incorporating the island Rockall into the United Kingdom to protect it from Irish and Icelandic claims. The Act as originally passed declared that the Island of Rockall was now part of the Scottish county of Inverness-shire (it is now in the Western Isles).

        It is a lot closer to St. Kilda than Co. Donegal anyway, so it's ours.

        Shame he wont still be there on 18th Sept. It would be fun to get a polling station on it.

      2. PassingStrange

        Re: Rockall

        Or Michael Flanders and Donald Swann (in the days of the Lord Chamberlain's "blue pencil", no less):

        The fleet set sail for Rockall,



        To free the isle of Rockall

        From fear of foreign thrall.

        We sped across the planet

        To find this lump of granite.

        One rather startled gannet;

        In fact we found... Rockall.

      3. Evil Auditor Silver badge

        OT @Bloakey1 the days when men were men and sheep were nervous...

        Were the sheep nervous because men were, erm men or what was the cause-effect?

  4. toxicdragon

    I don't really have anything useful to add, I just want to say that the word "podule" is fun to say. Podule podule podule.

  5. Buiatra

    CyL flag?

    Have I seen a Castilla y Leon flag in the photo?

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: CyL flag?

      Yes - that was a bit of fun. I live in the province of Avila, as you know.

      1. JDC

        Re: CyL flag?

        You're as bad as Jesús Calleja.

        1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

          Re: Re: CyL flag?

          I was never a hairdresser, though.

        2. Buiatra

          Re: CyL flag?


          1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

            Re: Re: CyL flag?


            "Durante un tiempo trabajó en su tierra natal como peluquero, como la mayoría de su familia en León."

            1. Buiatra

              Re: CyL flag?

              I refered to JDC comment: "you are as bad as J. Calleja"

              1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

                Re: Re: CyL flag?

                Aha - he means raising Spanish flags on the top of things.

  6. Matt Bryant Silver badge


    ".....Doubtless Alex Salmond is, as we speak, planning a 90-occupation of Rockall to reinforce Caledonian claims over the territory." This is one Englishman who'd be quite happy to fund a one-way expedition to Rockall for that bile-filled Scottish dwarf.

    1. PCS

      Re: Salmons?

      As a Scotsman I have to agree. Never a truer phrase has been typed about Salmond

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pirate radio station?

    Rockall-day 94.6 FM

    "And now: A walk in the Black Forrest..."

  8. PeterM42

    Nick Hancock confirms there really is f*ck all on the Rockall, we KNEW that.

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