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    Default Scottishfish! Is this YOU???

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    I found you! You've been holding out on us!!!

    British man bought island on a whim 40 years ago, still lives there with over 100 tortoises
    By Tori Floyd | Good NewsPrint

    Moyenne Island

    Many of us joke about leaving our daily lives behind and running away to a deserted island. Brendon Grimshaw, however, did just that and is still living there 40 years later.

    Grimshaw, a British man who used to be the editor of several newspapers in Africa, was on vacation in the Seychelles in the 1960s. His life took an unexpected turn when a small boy posed a strange question to him one day: "Would you like to buy an island?"

    As the National Post reports, Grimshaw purchased Moyenne Island from its owners for only 10,000 GBP (about $16,000 CAD) just before midnight that evening. He moved to the island to live there full-time by 1972.

    The random encounter with the boy lead Grimshaw and a local man named Rene Antoine Lafortune to revitalize the island and return it to its natural state. The pair planted 16,000 trees, built 4.8 kilometres of nature paths and brought 109 giant land tortoises to the island through purchasing and breeding them. Since the revitalization, Moyenne Island has become home to over 2,000 birds, including 500 endemic turtle doves. Grimshaw is its only permanent human resident.

    Now, Grimshaw welcomes tourists to his island, charging them 12 (about $16 CAD) to come on land and explore the flora and fauna. Tourists can also visit the Jolly Roger Bar and Restaurant, pirate graves, ancient ruins and a treasure dig, according to a local tourism website.

    Those pirate treasure sites aren't just for show either; rumour has it that Moyenne Island could be concealing more than $45 million in treasure. Grimshaw has made a couple of attempts to locate it but, so far, there's no sign of the treasure at least not that he's telling anyone else.

    The full story of Grimshaw and his island is told in the documentary A Grain of Sand. Here's a clip from the film featuring Grimshaw talking about his beloved home:
    55 g Goldfish Tank - 5 Fancies, 2 Dojos
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    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Ypsilanti, Michigan

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    Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - Brhino 


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    I wish I could buy an island "on a whim". Because I totally would.
    300 gallon mega tank: sailfin pleco, clown loaches, silver dollars, roseline sharks, congo tetras
    75 gallon community tank: black skirt tetras, danios, bronze corys, harlequin rasboras, otos, bristlenose and bulldog plecos, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
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    Second left after the Haggis Farm

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    Hahahahahahahahahaahaha that so could be me!!!! thanks for that rue!!!
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    Now that you're busted...we all expect to be invited to your island for a long weekend vacation...

    I wanna meet Wizzle and his friends!

    ...oh...and you too of course...

    55 g Goldfish Tank - 5 Fancies, 2 Dojos
    25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed

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    very cool article! lucky guy! glad to see he has revitalized the island and does allow tourists.

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    ... I need to convince my mom to buy an island, I swear. That sounds like paradise.
    "Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?" - Fanny Crosby

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    Are you kidding me ? 16,000 $ for an island !!! Ahhhh that is the deal of a lifetime .. I so would.

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    That is sooo what I would do with my own island - turn it into a nature preserve! And chase any polluters near it with my smelly-seaweed-firing cannon! And pelt them with their own trash! Sorry, I had too much sugar.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
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