Category Archives: Culture

House that: Andy auctions stamp painting for island charity

Andy Crowe’s vivid paintings of St Helena’s capital city provided a colourful theme for a set of postage stamps. And now one of them is to be sold at auction to raise some capital for an island charity. Readers are … Continue reading

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I wanted the people’s stories, says St Helena film-maker

It was the people that mattered to Dieter Deswarte when he turned up on St Helena, one man and his camera on a shoestring budget, hoping to capture the spirit of an island emerging from obscurity. The BBC gave him … Continue reading

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Watch online: St Helena film shows the beauty, and the truth

The BBC has screened a revealing documentary that captures the beauty and charm of St Helena, but also confronts the realities of life on the island. People in the UK can see at on the BBC iPlayer at any time … Continue reading

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Don’t get too puffed up, Marcus, but… you’ve been framed

With the mask and goggles that protect him from the daily risk of an explosion – to say nothing of his vast balloon – Marcus Henry looks like a desert wanderer who’s been blown badly off course. But now it’s … Continue reading

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Abuse: don’t drag down the good with the bad, says blogger

A robust defence of St Helena has been posted by ex-pat blogger Paul Tyson in response to a Daily Telegraph investigation into alleged mishandling of child abuse. In a piece titled Angry and Saddened, he says the good people in … Continue reading

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Ivy exposes years of inaction over St Helena sex abuse

The Daily Telegraph has published a front-page exclusive alleging years of failure to act on warnings of sex abuse on St Helena – “the British island where child rape was just a game”. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has praised … Continue reading

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The Saints who will be lighting candles this Christmas, because they can’t afford electricity: a councillor’s tale

Many old people on St Helena will spend Christmas in poverty, too poor even to pay for electric lighting, the island’s Legislative Council has heard. The Honourable BRIAN ISAAC told of their troubles at the December 2014 sitting of the … Continue reading

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Christmas reflection on a year of tribulations and triumphs

Sean Burns, the Acting Governor of St Helena, has issued the following Christmas message:  When we found out that we were coming to St Helena, our friends on Tristan assured us of a warm welcome. We were not disappointed. It … Continue reading

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When Jonathan met Sally – and the story went global

  The BBC’s prestigious From Our Own Correspondent programme evidently has a fascination for St Helena: the island has featured on it at least four times in the space of five years. Judged against the size of the island’s population, … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Games baton reaches St Helena

By St Helena Government writer The Queen’s Baton has arrived at St Helena island, the 40th stop in its relay around the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. The baton stops at the island for two days en-route from … Continue reading

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