Category Archives: Culture

Writer rescues Napoleon: was America ready for him?

What would the Americans made of Napoleon, had he escaped from St Helena and started a new (and longer) life in the young United States? The idea is explored in a debut historical novel by writer Shannon Selin – who’s … Continue reading

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How to catch a very big fish, the St Helena way

The following video may not be of the best quality but if you’ve never seen St Helenians pole-fishing for tuna, it’s certainly an eye-opener. The ending may come as a surprise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKnUFgeHScE

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Move to recognise Charlie’s bravery – and the plant he saved

Renewed efforts are in hand to adopt the St Helena ebony as the island’s national flower. And a place on the map may be in store for the man who brought it back from extinction – in his teeth. Charlie … Continue reading

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Revisit the stories of 2013

Click the pic for a month-by-month look back at the stories that made 2013 on St Helena and her sister islands – then follow the links for more detail. SEE ALSO: 2013 in pictures

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Raymond and Cynthia achieve a uniform kind of fame

Nearly a million people read The Observer newspaper. And in the final issue of 2013, they have been treated to a picture of Cynthia George and Raymond Hudson, posing in their scouting uniforms on Jamestown seafront. The photographer, Jon Tonks, … Continue reading

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Tim’s St Helena adventure puts the accent on experiences

When people travel out to St Helena to take up the ex-pat life, they often find themselves doing things they hadn’t expected. For Andy Crowe, it was leading a double life as housing executive and part-time stand-in for Napoleon. The … Continue reading

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2013: look back on a momentous year – on camera

There was drought and there was a controversial election – and plenty of big celebrations, as only St Helena knows how to throw them. And Ascension and Tristan da Cunha produced a few good stories in 2013. Click on the … Continue reading

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Santa’s coming (or going) on a Royal Mail Ship

A sunburned Santa lounges by the pool, and there’s a snowman watching over the sun deck. Yes, it’s Christmas – even in mid-ocean. The decorations on board the RMS St Helena were photographed by Barry Hubbard, who was returning to … Continue reading

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Share a kind word: Christmas message from Governor Capes

St Helena is certainly getting busier… that is a phrase that I often hear these days and I have to agree with it.  The past year has flashed by, with so much happening and so much still to do.  At … Continue reading

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RIP Nelson Mandela: islands fly flags at half-mast

From Governor Mark Capes, St Helena: “I know that the news of Nelson Mandela’s death will be received with great sadness by the people of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha. During my visit to South Africa only … Continue reading

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