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 Cape Town to Ascension Island, accompanied by sports officials, a BBC team and a photojournalist. […]

Cruise writer finds a film set waiting to be discovered

Sandy Bay’s arid landscape could be the setting for a science-fiction fantasy and Diana’s Peak would need no make-up for a role in a remake of Jurassic Park, according to writer Captain Greybeard on the Cruise International website. He highlights the familiar attractions of St Helena in a stylish piece, but many might challenge his […]

Swimming with whale sharks – an island tradition

Swimming with whale sharks is nothing new on St Helena. Fishermen used to have to fend them off, to avoid taking an unplanned dip alongside them, according to video-maker Julian Beard. He used a high-tech Go Pro camera to record an encounter with five of the giant creatures off Jamestown – though only two feature […]

A thousand stories… thank you for reading

It would have been nice for the 1,000th story on this website to be about something fun, but sometimes, life just isn’t. The number of stories being published on St Helena Online has slowed down greatly since I started a full-time job in the journalism department at Coventry University, and a fight against an oversized […]

Housing failures to be put to accounts body

A highly critical report on St Helena’s government housing service is to be reviewed by the island’s Public Accounts Committee on Monday 10 February, more than four months after it was quietly published. The service was declared “inadequate”. Years of neglect and poor management have left many Saints living in poor and even unsafe conditions. […]

Games baton approaches: no need to get sniffy, Jonathan

It’s too bad that Jonathan the tortoise no longer has much of a sense of smell. The Commonwealth Games baton is to arrive on St Helena on 19 February 2014, and it might well carry, to the well-tuned nose, the faint whiff of a giant tortoise. Which would doubtless make an interesting change from the aroma […]