St Helena’s airport: a boon-what? We’re boggled…

St Helena airport

It took a week for Donald Trump’s favourite news outlet to get round to reporting on the first commercial flight to St Helena. But when it did so, Fox News introduced an interesting new word for the airport project. It said it was “condemned last year by British taxpayers as a boondoggle.” Various online dictionaries define […]

‘World’s most spectacular airport’ makes global news. Mostly good

St Helena airport

The Daily Mirror headline read: ‘World’s most useless airport’ finally gets its first commercial flight – and it’s LATE. Well, it was an irresistable line. The paper’s report of St Helena’s first commercial flight included a nice quote from tour operator Libby Weir-Breen, who had flown specially from Scotland. “I’ve never felt so emotional in all […]

Go now: Rough Guides advice on travel to St Helena

Rough Guides, one of the world’s leading travel writing brands, has published an online piece selling the charms of St Helena – under the direct headline, ‘St Helena: Go Now’. The piece goes over the usual ground trodden by travel writers – Tricia Hayne is more adventurous than most – but readers should enjoy the […]

I wanted the people’s stories, says St Helena film-maker

It was the people that mattered to Dieter Deswarte when he turned up on St Helena, one man and his camera on a shoestring budget, hoping to capture the spirit of an island emerging from obscurity. The BBC gave him half an hour to tell the world about the Saints as they wait for an […]

Saint FM vital to island spirit, says director Dieter

Three minutes into Dieter Deswarte’s BBC film about St Helena, viewers around the world heard the smooth welcome of Tony Leo, veteran island broadcaster. “This is Saint FM Community Radio. The people’s station at its best,” he said. “Our unique little island will soon be a part of the bigger world…” He wasn’t there just […]

Watch online: St Helena film shows the beauty, and the truth

The BBC has screened a revealing documentary that captures the beauty and charm of St Helena, but also confronts the realities of life on the island. People in the UK can see at on the BBC iPlayer at any time up to 20 April 2015. The half-hour film tells its story through six Saints who […]

Net saving? Ascension no-fishing zone could cost £3m – or not

Creating one of the world’s biggest marine protection zones around Ascension Island could cost the UK about £3 million a year – at a Conservative estimate. The conservationist estimate, on the other hand, is only £400,000 a year. Click the pic to see a gallery of Ascension marine life Celebrities and academics have joined with […]

Jonathan’s birthday… what the tortoise never taught us

Jonathan looks straight at the camera

We hate to disappoint the newspaper readers of Holland, but Jonathan the Tortoise will not be celebrating his birthday on 7 February… regardless of what it may say on  the Wikipedia website. Since exact age of the oldest known living creature on the world can only be guessed at, it was hardly likely that his […]

Don’t get too puffed up, Marcus, but… you’ve been framed

With the mask and goggles that protect him from the daily risk of an explosion – to say nothing of his vast balloon – Marcus Henry looks like a desert wanderer who’s been blown badly off course. But now it’s his ego that’s in danger of being over-inflated. His picture has earned a temporary place […]

Abuse: don’t drag down the good with the bad, says blogger

A robust defence of St Helena has been posted by ex-pat blogger Paul Tyson in response to a Daily Telegraph investigation into alleged mishandling of child abuse. In a piece titled Angry and Saddened, he says the good people in island society are being dragged down with the bad ones. “My great sadness is the […]