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The golden truth about aid to St Helena – or just a typing error?

Was the St Helena Independent hinting at something about the UK’s relationship with the island when it printed a rather charming typo? It appeared in a piece about St Helena’s currency, way back in September 2010 – I’ve just spotted it while looking for something else. Mischieveous people might suggest it says a lot about …

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Falklands wealth: a glimpse of St Helena’s future? Maybe that’s going a bit far…

St Helenians might look with envy to their South Atlantic cousins, just over the horizon (and a bit) on the Falkland Islands. There’s prosperity on those windswept hills – and no one seems to mourn for hard times, now gone. An interesting article in the UK newspaper, The Independent, paints a picture of the economic …

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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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