Farewell to the Goats; welcome to St Helena Online

Goat, black and white image
It's no use looking soppy (picture by Windy Mayes)

This website has changed its name. It was called The Island That Was Eaten By Goats because it was originally conceived as a blog, not a news site, and blogs are meant to have unconventional names. St Helena’s greenery was ravaged by goats over several centuries, so it seemed pertinent.

The address is thegatesofchaos still, because that’s harder to change. It, too, seemed like a good, bloggy URL when the site started. It was intended to say that life in St Helena was not entirely ordinary; nothing more. Possibly people have taken it to mean that the site is about exposing incompetence and dishonesty and hypocrisy, which it isn’t (although it may be doing that in the next few days).

Actually, The Gates of Chaos is the name of a gorge in the Sandy Bay area of St Helena. Few people go there. John Grimshaw, blogging historian, posted a fine picture of the gorge, here.

So please don’t say, “The Gates of Chaos” any more. And definitely don’t say, “The Goats of Chaos”.


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  1. I have been very disturbed by the SHG’s efforts to undermine private media enterprises. It makes the whole Murdoch thing seem positively tasteful. I will be especially sad if Saint fm closes as i listen regularly online and am doing so currently. Is there anyway that a paypal donate facility(or similar) could be set up to help income i would and im sure at least some others would be happy to donate towards the cost of the independant or Saint fm which we currently read or listen to for free.
    As a Development worker on a small Scottish island I have some concept of the challenges facing St Helena.
    I will be writing to my MP to express my range of concerns and to voice my support for the possibility of the transatlantic fibre being landed.

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