Visit St Helena, home of the United Nations

If faint groans are heard emerging from the offices of Enterprise St Helena, it’ll probably be the sounds of the staff as they read Gavin Bell’s travel piece in The Australian newspaper. Mr Bell says very nice things about the charms of St Helena, such as: “The treasure of this island is its people.” Unfortunately, […]

Finance chief leaves island urgently over health scare

Paul Blessington head and shoulders

St Helena’s Financial Secretary, Paul Blessington, has been advised to seek urgent medical attention. He was due to leave St Helena for South Africa on Thursday, 12 July 2012. A statement from The Castle says: “The St Helena Government sends its best wishes to Paul and looks forward to his early return to the Island. The […]

After the nerves, praise all round for successful docking

A man in the bow of the ship gives directions as a vehicle rolls down the ramp

Islanders involved in the first ever docking of a ship at St Helena have been praised for making it go smoothly. A fault with a flow meter meant the discharge of fuel had to be halted overnight, meaning the NP Glory 4 was delayed in returning to Namibia to collect more materials for the island’s […]

Basil Read ship: the pictures that made Johnny homesick

Picture taken from high ground, showing ship from above, with bow and stern ropes splayed out in all directions.

This photograph of the NP Glory 4 – the first ship ever to dock at St Helena – was taken from the side of the new airport haul road on the Pipe Ridge. It appears on the St Helena Community website, here, along with several other photographs. UK-based webmaster Johnny Clingham said: “I feel homesick […]

Colin passes the potato test – but the ketchup tastes funny

So now we know the kind of deep psychological testing used to flush out wobbly candidates for top jobs in the St Helena Government. Call it the potato test. In a profile on the Wales Online website, Colin Owen reveals how he was tossed the unexpected curve ball when he and his family decided to escape to a new life on the […]

All secure: airport ship is first to dock at St Helena

The NP Glory 4 has become the first ship ever to dock at St Helena. The ocean-going landing craft dropped her bow ramp on to the new jetty at Rupert’s Bay shortly after 08:00 local time on Wednesday, 11 July 2012. First to come off were several heavy construction vehicles that had been secured on […]

Basil Read ship arrives off Jamestown

The supply ship for St Helena’s airport project has arrived off the island for the first of what promise to be many visits. A gallery of pictures of the ship sweeping into James Bay has been published on the St Helena Air Access website, here. It will be updated as unloading progresses. Members of the […]

Love nest planned for the oldest old romantic in the world

Jonathan the tortoise may still have the energy for romantic love-ins with his young lady companions, but it seems the attention of tourists on St Helena may be too much for him. Despite the evidence of his lively libido, there are concerns for the health of the giant tortoise – the oldest known living creature […]

St Helena’s airport supply ship, en route to a place in history

The Basil Read ship, NP Glory 4, pictured in Cape Town shortly before making its historic first voyage to St Helena, laden with equipment and materials for building the island’s airport. It was arrived off Rupert’s Bay today, and is due to berth at a new jetty tomorrow – the first cargo ship to dock […]

‘What’s being done to raise standards?’ asks White Paper critic

The UK’s White Paper on Overseas Territories has failed to set out how the British government will help St Helena reach higher standards, according to one critic. In a letter to the St Helena Independent, “London Reader” says: “The White Paper shows that the UK Government is not interested in helping St Helena introduce cost-effective, […]