No Fatbergs Here Mr. McLelland!

Submitted by Anthony Davis

fatbergsDeadly mounds of congealed palm oil are being washed up on British beaches, posing a serious threat to children and animals over the summer months. Known as fatbergs, the rock-sized white blobs smell like diesel and are covered in killer germs. They have invaded Britain’s coastline having been carried thousands of miles across the Atlantic following storms in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad – Euan Mclelland for Mailonline dated 05 April, 2016

The only thing posing a serious threat is your ignorance, Mr. McLelland!

According to Wikipedia Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Americas. It is situated in the Western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km East of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea, therein, it is about 168 km East of the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 km North-East of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. It’s capital is Bridgetown. Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. The island lies about 145 km South of Cuba, and 191 km West of Hispaniola, the island containing the nation-States of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jamaica is the fourth-largest island country in the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago is a twin-island country situated off the northern edge of the South America mainland, lying just 11 km off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and 130 km South of Grenada. Trinidad and Tobago lies outside of the hurricane belt.

Do you know where the Caribbean islands lie at all, Mr. McLelland?

Me thinks not, if not you would not have written such a load of unadulterated hogwash about Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica being responsible for the fatbergs which washed up on the UK beaches. I doubt very much if Barbados uses so much palm oil, because we mostly use coconut oil products which are manufactured locally, or butter, margarine, etc. which are imported from New Zealand, the UK and other countries.

I have given you the locations of those islands, so I would like you to prove that those fatbergs could all have come from Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad at the same time. The fatbergs coming from Jamaica would have to be carried East thereby bypassing Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands before heading North towards the UK. Those coming from Barbados would have to have headed North thereby bypassing the East coasts of St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Martin and Anguilla before heading to the middle of the North Atlantic to join their counterparts from Jamaica in their UK or bust drive. Those coming from Trinidad now, instead of being driven into the Caribbean Sea as the winds that come off the West Africa coast usually blow things in a westerly direction, now have to be driven North – perhaps by you Mr. McLelland – along Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Martin and Anguilla before joining the others in the North Atlantic for that final push towards the UK.

When did these storms occur Mr. McLelland?

Did all occur at the same time, in the same month/year?

Even if they all occurred at the same time, on the same date, and in the same year they could not all reach the UK at the same time seeing the difference in distances Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados are from the UK.

The last storm which hit Barbados was Tomas in October, 2010. Almost six years ago, Mr. McLelland!

They would have to wait at a specific point to join up to carry on their merry way to pollute the beaches of the UK.

As far as I know that is not the way tides work.

“Time and tide wait for no man!”

So, Mr. McLelland, pray tell me, when did you concoct that fairy tale about the fatbergs which polluted the beaches of the UK coming from these three countries?

I would even suggest that it was malice aforethought which drove you to fabricate such a story about Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad, because you could NOT have done any research to find out where those three countries are, and  you went about it in typical colonial master style.

Your story is a load of codswallop, Mr. McLelland!

You owe the inhabitants of those three countries an apology, Mr. McLelland!

“Digging for facts is better mental exercise than jumping to conclusions.”

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12 Comments on “No Fatbergs Here Mr. McLelland!”

  1. ahzoo April 12, 2016 at 1:33 AM #

    Don’t worry. Fatbergs are too well documented to have come from their sewers. They’ve even been identified as a potential source of biofuel. There’s a waste to energy project Cahill should look at…it’s closer to home too.


  2. islandgal April 12, 2016 at 6:53 AM #

    Ignorance feeds ignorance therefore Mr. McLelland is feeding the ignorant British who can’t afford to travel and don’t know much about Geography!


  3. Well Well & Consequences April 12, 2016 at 8:44 AM #

    Fatbergs washing up on the UK coastline…how deserving.


  4. lawson April 12, 2016 at 11:58 AM #

    Right you are WW we have been sending our fat bergs steins and smiths to Barbados for years. Its only fair What is more shocking is that the blocks all seem to single and haven’t tried to sponsor somebody


  5. Well Well & Consequences April 12, 2016 at 12:14 PM #

    Lol…Mother Nature has a way of evening up things a bit Lawson.


  6. are-we-there-yet April 12, 2016 at 5:21 PM #

    Ocean currents, simplified

    None of the Caribbean Islands produce palm oil. West Africa does however and the source of the fatbergs, if they are indeed composed of palm oil and other detritus and this has been confirmed by a reputable institution.

    Do you have a link for Mclelland themailonline story?


  7. David April 12, 2016 at 5:28 PM #


    Check the quote at the top of the article.


  8. lawson April 12, 2016 at 5:30 PM #

    North Carolina cellulite clinic may be the culprit, looking at your map


  9. are-we-there-yet April 12, 2016 at 5:59 PM #

    Oops! ….. and may be the source of the fatbergs, ……


  10. Colonel Buggy April 12, 2016 at 6:11 PM #

    Although these fatbergs may not have originated from anyone of the Caribbean islands,proper, they could have originated from the Caribbean seas. Walking along Walkers Beach on the east coast, at times shows evidence of ships, probably after discharging their cargo, wash out their holds at sea.
    The same Gulf Stream which a few months ago brought tons and tons of seaweed to our coast, is the same source which can take things from the Caribbean and deposit them on the south west coast of England.


  11. Georgie Porgie April 13, 2016 at 8:25 PM #


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  12. Well Well & Consequences April 14, 2016 at 1:42 PM #

    Lawson…..ya got a way out, but the Americans cannot go over to Canada and use it unless they legislate suicide tourism….ha-ha.


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