Holding the Fort is a sitcom that aired on ITV for 3 seasons from 1982-1982. The world is about to turn on its head for the Milburns when Russell is made redundant. While he stays at home and looks after baby Emma, his wife, Penny goes back to her old job as an Army Captain.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Holding the Fort - Michael Bates (Sealand) - Netflix
Michael Bates (born August 2, 1952), also known as Prince Michael of Sealand, is a British author and businessman. He is also leader of a micronation called the Principality of Sealand, which he inherited from his parents Paddy Roy Bates and Joan Bates. He has claimed the title “Prince of Sealand” since 2012.
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Michael Bates was born to Paddy Roy Bates and Joan Bates on August 2, 1952. In 1966, at the age of 14, Michael joined his father Paddy in occupying HM Fort Roughs, which they started using as a broadcasting tower. Michael left his boarding school to visit the tower and ended up never going back, stating, “I thought it was a six-week adventure, not 34 years.” On September 2, 1967, Paddy declared sovereignty over the tower, and moved his family permanently to Sealand, including wife Joan, son Michael, and daughter Penelope. On whether Sealand is a sovereign state, Bates stated, “We have never asked for recognition, and we’ve never felt the need to ask for recognition. You don't have to have recognition to be a state, you just have to fulfill the criteria of the Montevideo Convention which is population, territory, government and the capacity to enter into negotiation with other states. We can and we have done all these things. We've had the German ambassador visit at one point to discuss something: that was defacto recognition. We've had communication with the president of France many years ago, but we have never asked for recognition and we don’t feel we need it.” Bates resides in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, within the United Kingdom. He wanted his three children to attend English schools. He is “proudly British” and considers himself of dual nationality. Bates runs a fishing business that collects cockles to sell in Spain. The business, called Fruits of the Sea, is run by Bates and his sons James and Liam. He also has a daughter named Charlotte. All three children are with his former wife, Lorraine Wheeler. As of 2017, Bates' partner is Meishi. In 2015, Bates published a memoir about his experiences with Sealand called Principality of Sealand: Holding the Fort. Bates presented a discussion of his book at Estuary 2016, an art, literature, music and film festival. In September 2017, Bates held a dinner to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sealand, stating, “We're perhaps the most undemanding state in the world. We don't force anybody to worship any god or religion or anything. Maybe that's why we’ve lasted so long. Hopefully I'll be around for the next 50!”
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