New ship heads for Tristan – and Caitlin, 5, goes ‘home’

A new research ship that is set to become a familiar sight off Tristan da Cunha has begun its service in the far South Atlantic. The SA Agulhas II was scheduled to make its maiden voyage on 6 September 2012, carrying meteorologists to Gough Island and dropping 38 people off at Tristan on the way. Pictures of […]

Richard’s pictures of Reading Sports go online – all 500 of them

More than 500 pictures of the annual Saint gathering have now been posted on the St Helena Association website. Richard Bennett’s shots capture the action in the races at Reading Sports, as well as the fun on the bouncy castles and rodeo rides. There are also pictures of Saints enjoying the Enterprise St Helena video link with the island. High-quality copies of […]

PODCASTS: Hear the story of St Helena’s anti-slavery fight

When a Lieutenant Wilcox declared that his men were too exhausted to haul the dead out to sea any more, it brought home the horror of St Helena’s role in ending the “depravity” of the slave trade. The Lieutenant’s complaint is recalled in one of two audio podcasts produced for St Helena Online. They describe […]

In pictures: watch St Helena sink beneath the waves

A reader of The Guardian has warned that global warming and rising sea levels could mean “islands like St Helena will disappear.” Click the pics to see it happen (with thanks to photographer Johnny Clingham of the St Helena Community website).

St Helena ‘will disappear’ as seas rise, warns Guardian reader

Boots on, everyone: it’s approaching high tide in Half Tree Hollow. Or so one reader of The Guardian website thinks. An article praising St Helena’s airport has triggered a bewildering online debate, with one troubled contributor claiming it could make the island sink beneath the waves. The brief opinion piece on www.guardian.co.uk suggests that Napoleon […]

Sculpture could help Jonathan live on for centuries

A life-sized bronze sculpture of Jonathan the tortoise has been proposed to commemorate the life of St Helena’s oldest resident. But there is another possibility: a stone carving. Lonesome George, the last of the world’s giant Pinto Island tortoises, who died earlier this year, is currently being immortalised in stone on the Isle of Portland, in the […]

UK group backs campaign to end secrecy in The Castle

Graphic showing rubber stamps saying "restricted" etc, crossed out

A call for more open government on St Helena has been backed by a leading group in the UK. In a message of support, Katherine Gundersen of the London-based Campaign for Freedom of Information says open, honest debate leads to better decision-making. It could also help to reduce public distrust of government. An increasing number […]

Houston, we have a problem… St Helena’s tiny from space

Space station over the Earth

It might not have been the best day for nude sunbathing. Beyond the stratosphere, the crew of the International Space Station were keeping watch on St Helena when they passed over the island on Wednesday, 18 July 2012. Or trying to, anyway. The press release from NASA, the US space agency, doesn’t actually say whether […]

Maths expert Hema steps up to ease teacher shortage

A maths expert who has taught at university is being brought in to try to end severe problems with teaching the subject on St Helena. Ms Hema Soni was recruited after St Helena Government significantly improved the pay offer for the job, after the island was left without maths teachers because of illness and difficulties […]