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Is Bishop Rock the smallest island in the world?

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

1861. The British administration, for technical and bureaucratic reasons, decided to fix the limit between “island ” and ” rock ” stating that an island, if uninhabited, must have enough room to ensure the «summer pasturage of at least one sheep»; this latter condition would be met, according to the bureaucrats, by having an area of at least two acres. So, hired the sheep as the measure unit, the smallest island in the world turn out to be Bishop Rock in the Scilly. This story is pretty famous, but there’s something that doesn’t add up.

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Baltasound bus stop

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Unst, the northernmost among the populated islands of the Shetland archipelago, which in turn is the most remote among the Scottish archipelagos. Baltasound is the main urban center of the island…