What a year. Even without all the airport construction activity and the beginning of the transformation of life on St Helena, 2012 was spectacularly eventful.
St Helena Online was born just in time to record it all. Some of the highlights are set out here: click on the links for parts one and two of the full review. There’s been so much to recall that the second half of the year will have to wait a few days.
If it’s all a bit too serious, you may prefer to enjoy some of the best of the site’s lighter stories, here.
Basil Read staff arrived to start work on the airport, a housing shortage was worsening, the UK increased its aid grant by 13%, an urgent appeal was made for bone marrow donors, the island’s water supply was infected by bacteria, and outgoing education chief John Sullivan warned of poor schooling. And in the media, the St Helena Herald closed, The Sentinel was launched, and the St Helena Independent closed, all in the space of 22 days.
The Honeymoon Chair was wrecked, St Helena’s cricketers won international glory, the St Helena Independent was reborn, plant saviour George Benjamin died, work began on the airport haul road, students were left without maths teachers, Edie Timm was awarded an MBE, plans were unveiled for “the world’s greenest hotel”, and Saints celebrated St Helena Day and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.