Three sites to replace ‘unfit’ prison go before ExCo

Three sites near Longwood are being considered for a new prison for St Helena, to replace the “totally unsatisfactory” one in Jamestown. It comes after former governor Mark Capes was strongly condemned for trying to impose a new prison at Half Tree Hollow, disregarding protests about sex offenders being kept near young families. The three […]

Not for sale: the shirt worn by ailing Bonaparte on St Helena

A French court has stopped the auction of the shirt that was worn by Napoleon just before he fell into his final coma on St Helena, reports The Guardian. The sweat-stained garment was one of a number of souvenirs taken back to France by Achille Thomas Archambault, a former horse-breaker who became a member of the […]

Wandering dogs prompt ‘zero tolerance’ warning

Police report continuing problems with dogs being allowed to wander loose on St Helena. Officers had to round up animals roaming in the airport development area at Longwood on 16 October 2012, and complaints have been made on other occasions. Jeromy Cairns-Wicks, the community beat sergeant, has issued two releases this month warning of costly […]

Napoleon seeks Friends

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 […]

Napoleon’s Longwood letter has experts debating

A letter written by Napoleon at Longwood – in English – has set commentators off on a debate about whether he was any good at his captors’ language. The letter is tipped to fetch in the region of £65,000 at an auction in the French town of Fontainebleau on Sunday. America’s CNN quotes auction house […]

Territories vote early on who gets a ticket to Longwood

It’s long been a gripe (for some) that people in British overseas territories don’t have a vote in UK parliamentary elections, while their counterparts in French overseas territories do vote in theirs. In fact, the citizens of St Pierre et Miquelon and the other French territories get to cast their vote a day earlier than people in the […]