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Bienvenue sur Facebook pour lÎle de Sainte Hélène

Click the pic to "like" St Helena's French Facebook page
Click the pic to “like” St Helena’s French Facebook page

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.

The island must be one of the oldest of Facebook’s millions of users, judging by the snippet of data given at the bottom of the page. In place of a birth date, Michel has given the date of the island’s discovery (no date being available for its emergence above sea level):

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In French, as the site’s name points out, South Atlantic becomes Atlantique Sud – an enticing name for a new brand of island-produced soap, perhaps?

Napoleon seeks Friends

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Poor old Boney’s a bit confused: one night in Jamestown was quite enough for him

It had to happen: Napoleon Bonaparte, the Emperor of Longwood, has got a Facebook account. He calls himself Napoleone Buonaparte, but apart from failing to spell his name correctly in English, it’s the same chap.

His profile says he worked at the French Foreign Legion (what’s the French for “hmmm”?), lives in Jamestown, Saint Helena, and knows French and Italian. And when it comes to love: “It’s complicated.”

Strangely, Betsy Balcombe, the girl he befriended at The Briars, doesn’t appear on his Friends list.

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Facebook page calls for more open government

A campaign page calling for greater transparency from St Helena Government has been launched on Facebook by island commentator John Turner. It follows comments by the Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, who said that he favoured transparency but would not impose it on governments in the overseas territories. He said it was for journalists, councillors and voters to press for more open government.

Read more in this week’s St Helena Independent (25 May).

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‘Bring back the Indy’ campaign launched on Facebook

The front page of the final St Helena independent.A Facebook campaign has been launched to press for the relaunch of the St Helena Independent, despite new competition from the government-funded Sentinel.

Owner Mike Olsson announced that the 30 March 2012 issue would be the last. He said the paper would not be viable because St Helena Government (SHG) was to transfer its advertising and other financial support to the new title.

The Facebook campaign is the idea of John Turner, who runs the Burgh House business consultancy.

He said:  “The purpose of the campaign is to give people a way to show support for restarting The Independent.

“Making The Independent viable with the withdrawal of government advertising would be a challenge but not necessarily impossible. If people show their support I hope it will encourage Mike to look for a way.”

The closure was debated at a specially-convened meeting of the Chamber of Commerce’s council, Wednesday 4 April 2012.

Hazel Wilmot, owner of The Consulate Hotel in Jamestown, has called for the president and vice president of the chamber to resign over their role in launching a government-subsidised title in competition with a private business.

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