Red Cross launches appeal as hurricane hits UK territories

The British Red Cross has launched an appeal for people caught in the path of Hurricane Irma, including in UK overseas territories in the Caribbean. The category five hurricane is the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Trevor Botting, former chief of police on St Helena, has been posting updates on Twitter from the Turks […]

St Helena tops the league table for unique species

Charles Darwin glossed over it, but now St Helena has been officially recognised as Britain’s wealthiest spot on Earth when it comes to natural treasures. The island is home to a third of the endemic species that are found on British territory around the world – that is, plants and creatures that appear naturally in […]

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 […]

Island politicians want role in choosing governors

Leaders of UK overseas territories want a say in deciding how governors are chosen, according to a report in the Bermuda Sun. The call is said to have been made by politicians from eight of the territories who met in Gibraltar to prepare for a summit in London later this year. The article quotes Bermuda’s […]

Now RMS is part of Mantis ’boutique cruise’ fleet

The RMS St Helena is to feature as one of the “boutique cruises” promoted by the Mantis Collection, according to the UK-based Travel Mole website. The site says Mantis has recently signed a deal with St Helena Government to turn Ladder Hill Fort into a five-star hotel. The island’s Sentinel newspaper has since reported that […]

Are there places more British than the UK?

The Falkland Islands are not the only far-off territory to still feel British, writes Vanessa Barford in the BBC News Magazine. While the world’s media focuses on the referendum on the Falklands, she says the 4,200 people on St Helena also have a very strong sense of Britishness. She quotes Tara Thomas, who was the island’s […]

Plastic Brits? Overseas territories athletes line up at Olympics

Citizens of the UK’s overseas territories have been branded “plastic Brits” in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games, but one of them is now a strong contender to win a gold medal for Britain. Shara Proctor of Anguilla is one of three people from the territories in Team GB. Three other territories – Bermuda, […]

Falklands vote must be unbiased, warns chief exec

A planned referendum on the future sovereignty of the Falkland Islands could be an embarrassing disaster if it is not properly managed, the chief executive of the islands’ government has warned. The referendum has been called to spell out islanders’ feelings about whether to remain a British overseas territory, in response to political pressure from […]

Officials to face court over leaked Chagos ‘ploy’

An alleged ploy to stop people of the Chagos Islands returning to their homes in the British overseas territory can be tested in court, the UK’s Independent newspaper reports. It says a judge has ordered that two senior government officials must face cross-examination over a secret US document that appeared on the WikiLeaks website. It […]

Queen bans Saints from building nuclear weapons

Close-up of hands holding bundles of blue Iranian Rial notes

The Queen has signed a new law preventing people in St Helena trading sensitive goods with Iran. Any Saints who supply materials for making nuclear weapons, say – or lend their expertise – face up to seven years in prison. The Iran (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2012 was passed by “The Queen’s Most Excellent […]