ladder hill
LADDER HILL
shot in 2004
Ladder Hill was the Tower Hill of St Helena
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JAMESTOWN
The Islands capital
A great view shot from my DJI Drone flying over Jamestown Harbour
Rupert Beach
RUPERT'S BEACH
Easily accessible and safe
Rupert's Beach a popular black sandy beach for days out.
Boer Cemetery
BOER CEMETERY
Individual graves aligned
Hillside burial ground cemetery at Knollcombes

Month: March 2012

State-funded paper won’t be controlled from The Castle, says founder – as Independent announces closure (updated Tuesday 27 March 2012)

The announcement that the St Helena Independent is to close on Friday, citing government-funded competition – has prompted strong reactions. Read comments here. So far, however – because of personal pressures – this website has not carried any response from the organisation behind the government-subsidised St Helena Sentinel, which launches on the same day. However, the St Helena Herald carried …

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‘The Indy challenged the government: is this why it had to be silenced?’

The following anonymous article has been sent to this website via Vince Thompson, columnist on the St Helena Independent. A response from the new St Helena Sentinel will be welcomed. The Empire Strikes Back? The island’s only private-sector newspaper, The  Independent, announced this week that it has to close. Its reasons centre around its inability to …

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The last post: as the Independent closes, writer Vince asks how the government is spending public money

The St Helena Independent is due to close on Friday, 30 March 2012 – on the day the government-subsidised St Helena Sentinel is launched. The government has told this website the new media organisation – which will eventually include three radio stations and an online news service – has an “exciting” role to play in …

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Island flags ‘will be flown’ at Queen’s birthday parades

The flags of Britain’s overseas territories are to feature in the birthday celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen – at the annual Trooping the Colour parade. The idea was put forward by Andrew Rosindell MP, who said the flags should be displayed in the ceremony at Buckingham Palace and on “all appropriate state occasions”. Mr Rosindell, chairman …

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Your views on broadband: ‘Mum’s asked me to stop sending photos’ (updated Tuesday 27 March 2012)

Internet access on St Helena is extremely slow and few islanders can afford to pay Cable & Wireless £120 a month for unlimited access. The government is investigating connection to a new undersea cable. Read our latest story – then comment, below: Firstly I would like to express my concerns about the lack of competition for internet/telephone usage …

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St Helena’s just not horrible enough for marathon runners

A few days ago, this website pondered the reasons why the world’s most southerly marathon (Falkland Islands) was so much more popular than the world’s most remote marathon (St Helena). Perhaps it’s political: one wouldn’t want to make too much of it, but the relay event in the 2012 Stanley Marathon was won by a …

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The day Wayne picked up a penguin (not a chocolate one)

Even in the Falkland Islands, it seems, a penguin can be a slightly surreal sight. It’s not often, for instance, that they’re seen hitch-hiking. Quite how a flightless sea bird ended up 30 kilometres inland is not explained in Catherine Lengyel’s article in The New York Times. Perhaps it was in training for the world’s …

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New planning rules protect island – but what are they?

New controls on developing land on St Helena have been agreed, after eight months of “emotive” public debate. You can’t build there, mate: Great Stone Top But a report by Governor Mark Capes gives no indication of what decisions emerged from a lengthy discussion by councillors. Critics have complained that outsiders will be allowed to build luxury tourist …

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Water is now safe in Levelwood – but E.coli threat remains

Drinking water in the Levelwood and Rupert’s Valley areas of St Helena has been declared safe for drinking – 12 days after potentially-dangerous E.coli bacteria was found in the island’s supply system. Most people living in homes fed by the Red Hill water treatment plant have also been given clearance to use water without sterilising …

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Internet cable for St Helena: ‘We’re interested’, says the Castle

The cost of connecting St Helena up to an undersea internet cable would be “very substantial”, according to the island government. It has confirmed that it is investigating the idea. But the man behind the Connect St Helena campaign has challenged a claim – from an unnamed source – that the price could reach $50 million. Christian von …

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