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One a penny, two a penny, NOT cross buns…

Quirky St Helena fact, number 1: hot cross buns on St Helena may not have crosses. Solomon’s Bakery at Half Tree Hollow planned to bake ten thousand of them for Easter 2012 – up on 8,500 in 2011. But Sinead … Continue reading

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Revealed: what High Knoll Fort is really for

Students at Prince Andrew School have been maintaining a blog as part of their studies and as well as giving us an excellent flavour of life on the island, they also make a couple of rather witty remarks. Which is how … Continue reading

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Naming this blog is no joshing matter

This blog needs a proper name. It was to be The St Helena Monitor, but a Google search for that title found the name already taken, by a burglar-alarm shop in America. Last night, I pondered initials and came up … Continue reading

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Posts postponed…

A personal note: I’m attempting to run this blog alongside doing a masters degree in journalism at Coventry University in the UK. There will be times when I’m unable to post anything for several days in a row because of … Continue reading

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The golden truth about aid to St Helena – or just a typing error?

Was the St Helena Independent hinting at something about the UK’s relationship with the island when it printed a rather charming typo? It appeared in a piece about St Helena’s currency, way back in September 2010 – I’ve just spotted … Continue reading

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Falklands wealth: a glimpse of St Helena’s future? Maybe that’s going a bit far…

St Helenians might look with envy to their South Atlantic cousins, just over the horizon (and a bit) on the Falkland Islands. There’s prosperity on those windswept hills – and no one seems to mourn for hard times, now gone. … Continue reading

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A long way to go for a capuccino…

Comment on Twitter, the micro-blogging website: Trying to calculate: at what point will it be too late to arrange living out my days running a Starbucks on Tristan da Cunha?

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Ann’s Place – a sketch

A pencil sketch of Ann’s Place, favoured haunt of yachties in Jamestown, appears on the Studio Blue Sea blog. Find it here. Miles and Pippa have been living and working aboard their yacht-cum-studio since 1998.

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Boer War prisoners: life at Deadwood camp

Bizarrely, a Google search for St Helena stories throws up one from an American newspaper, The New Oxford Item, published in 1902. Although historians are probably familiar with this kind of material, it makes interesting, accessible reading on the island’s … Continue reading

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Last Biscay boogie as ship leaves UK

Line dancing is best performed in mid-ocean, in my experience, and preferably in a rolling sea. The only time I’ve really tried it was on the after-deck of the RMS St Helena, steaming north up the African coast, and I’ve … Continue reading

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