Monthly Archives: June 2013

Saint FM recalls fire at sea, 40 years ago

The story of a near-disaster aboard a ship bound for St Helena has been retold in a 40th anniversary radio programme – by the presenter who covered it at the time. Tony Leo revisited interviews he recorded with survivors of … Continue reading

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Island’s large bellflower ‘could be lost’ to genetic mix-up

St Helena’s endemic large bellflower could become extinct within a few years – even though it is raising new plants. The fear for conservationists is that the few remaining wild plants are getting mixed up with another endemic species, the … Continue reading

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Trawler visit is first step to buying island boats, says Rob

St Helena could build up its own fleet of off-shore trawlers if exploratory fishing off the island’s sea mounts is successful, according to enterprise chief Rob Midwinter. He said investors would demand proof that there were enough fish to catch … Continue reading

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UK sends message on need for open government

The British government says it will be looking for transparency in the way St Helena spends millions of pounds it receives in aid funding. Its latest update on British overseas territories says: “More than ever, in the current financial climate, … Continue reading

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DfID sets out to tackle St Helena diabetes and cut aid

The diabetes crisis on St Helena has been picked out as one of the main targets for action by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). It also wants to reduce the island’s dependence on British aid. The incidence of … Continue reading

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Astronomer gives St Helena a gold star

The skies above St Helena have been judged to be dark enough for the island to become one of the world’s most attractive star-gazing destinations. It could win official recognition as a “dark sky island” within 12 months – though … Continue reading

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How Halley mapped the sky from St Helena

The astronomer Edmond Halley – famous for Halley’s Comet – spent a year on St Helena, creating the world’s first map of the stars over the Southern Hemisphere. JOHN GRIMSHAW tells the story.   While still a student at Oxford … Continue reading

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Mysteries of the Deep revealed off Tristan da Cunha

Scientists have discovered beautiful creatures living in deep water off Tristan da Cunha, on the first-ever expedition to explore beyond the range of scuba divers. The expedition team included marine biologist Sue Scott, who has made eight trips to dive … Continue reading

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Banned writer regrets telling Tristan ‘love story’

Simon Winchester, the writer who was banned from Tristan da Cunha for repeating a story of a love affair that may not even have happened, has expressed his sympathy for islanders.  In an essay for the historical journal Lapham’s Quarterly … Continue reading

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Boney’s death mask fetches £170,000 – despite doubts

A “death mask” made from a cast of Napoleon’s face at Longwood has been sold at auction for three times its expected price – despite doubts raised by a writer on St Helena history. Bonhams of London sold it for … Continue reading

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