Ivy exposes years of inaction over St Helena sex abuse

The Daily Telegraph has published a front-page exclusive alleging years of failure to act on warnings of sex abuse on St Helena – “the British island where child rape was just a game”. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the paper’s investigation. SIMON PIPE reflects from a distance. When the Daily Mail ran shock […]

Shooter Maddy tastes TV fame in baton relay programme

Commonwealth Games hopeful Madolyn Andrews features in a three-minute profile of St Helena on a BBC television programme following the Queen’s Baton Relay. Maddy is seen training to take part in the shooting at the 2014 Games in Scotland. If she succeeds in her ambition to compete, it’ll be only the second time she’s left […]

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 […]

Time-lapse videos recall historic landing

A Look back to a key moment in St Helena’s airport project by watching two time-lapse videos of the NP Glory 4 becoming the first ocean-going ship ever to dock on the island, in July 2012. The first, by Scott Stander, shows the vessel being manoeuvred into position, bow-first, and the first construction vehicles being […]

Thanks half a million: we hit the hits before the bongs

How exciting. This website has been edging towards half a million “hits” – meaning the number of clicks on different pages – as 2013 has approached its end. At 9pm on 30 December 2013, UK/island time, the counter stood at 498,998 hits. So the question was: would the half-million mark be passed by the time […]

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 […]

Niall tells the world about St Helena’s natural wonders

The writer Niall Griffiths has described St Helena’s isolation as “extreme, and thrilling” in a brief article for National Geographic magazine. He comments on the island’s natural wonders in an article that will be seen by the magazine’s global readership: “With one step I traversed 80% of the planet’s entire species of tooth-tongued fern. That’s […]

Bienvenue sur Facebook pour lÎle de Sainte Hélène

Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, the conservateur of the Napoleonic properties on St Helena, has launched a French-language Facebook page for the island. With French visitors predicted to make up a strong component of visitors to St Helena once its airport opens, it seems likely the page will attract a strong following and help to raise the island’s profile. […]

‘Island girl’ Kerisha masters the art of study

Kerisha Stevens didn’t want to leave St Helena to earn a normal university degree – so she stayed home and got an even better one. She has been awarded a Master of Arts degree by the University of Leicester in the UK, after two years of studying alongside her full-time job as a government press […]

Rower Sally heads for islands (the easy way)

Sally Kettle’s friends could not understand why she was nervous about heading out to make a film about St Helena and its sister islands. After all, she is no stranger to the Atlantic Ocean: she has rowed across it twice. This time – even with a detour via Tristan da Cunha – the voyage aboard the […]