When Jonathan met Sally – and the story went global

  The BBC’s prestigious From Our Own Correspondent programme evidently has a fascination for St Helena: the island has featured on it at least four times in the space of five years. Judged against the size of the island’s population, this might make it – unofficially – the most interesting place on the planet, in […]

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. […]

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 also published, unusually, a video trailer for her book, Napoleon in America. It sees him […]

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

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 Benjamin scaled a dangerous cliff to retrieve the rediscovered plant. Now it has been suggested […]

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

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, has a thing about uniforms. The Observer says they illustrate the strangely British, but not-quite-British […]

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 owner of this website made the mistake of walking through the door of Palm Villa […]

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 image above to look back on a great year, in pictures. And read our review […]

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 the island with his family on the run down from Ascension. And Bruce Salt snapped […]