Nick Thorpe

Cables versus cobbles: the battle of Main Street

With fibre-opting cables linking government buildings up and down Main Street in Jamestown, government staff will in future be spared from having to pop across the road to deliver documents. And if there’s no need for people to walk anywhere, then perhaps one can see why pavements might not seem very important. Not even pavements …

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Kew advises “little and often” regime to protect ancient trees

Care of historic trees on St Helena has been improved on advice from experts at Kew Gardens in London, says the island government. Concern was raised about a 200-year-old tree in Jamestown after the Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate gave a routine warning that it might need to be cut down during maintenance work. St Helena Government says guidance has …

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The Column: is there a surreal world inside The Castle?

The idea of turning part of The Castle in Jamestown into a hotel takes an unreal turn in The Column. Did island philosopher Nick Thorpe really mean to suggest that inside The Castle is “a surreal world in which all your control patterns… begin to fall to pieces?” Plus: another idea for a potential new hotel (tortoises included), and St Helena’s …

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Missing piece of paper that left island without onions

A lack of onions on St Helena has come about because paperwork was not handed over. The port authority in Cape Town, Transnet, refused to let thousands of onions be loaded aboard the RMS St Helena. The result, according to island retailer Nick Thorpe, was panic-buying in the shops as customers snapped up what few …

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