Who wants to go to an island where iPhones don’t work?

St Helena’s dismal internet connection will deter people from travelling to the island when its airport is built, according to a telecoms blogger in Germany. Martin Sauter, “a thought leader” in the industry, is aghast that St Helena’s 4,000 residents have to share a broadband connection that has less than half the bandwidth of his …

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Three-way tango that led to Falklands tensions – 200 years later

Spain had a chance to settle the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands more than 200 years ago – and fluffed it. The diplomatic dithering laid the foundations for the present-day tensions between Britain and Argentina. In a reprint of an article from 1982, Peter Burley tells the story of the 1770 dispute between Britain, France …

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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 days as one of the world’s first concentration camps (the Nazi’s made the term notorious, …

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