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Please sponsor my left knee, so I can tell better stories

Simon Pipe rests on a green track, with a mountainside behind
Simon Pipe at Peak Dale on St Helena. Picture: Paul Blessington

By Simon Pipe, editor

Ninety thousand hits in nine months isn’t bad going, but if St Helena Online is to be even more interesting, it needs a little money. It’s only right that this should involve me in pain, exhaustion and darkness. And that was just on the training walks.

This weekend, I hope to be among 500 people setting out on the notorious 24-hour, 50-mile Longmynd Hike in Shropshire, in the UK. It starts at 1pm on Saturday and the sun goes down at 6.24pm, hence the darkness. With luck, I’ll still be staggering up steep hills at dawn, nearly 13 hours later.

However, about a third of the people who start up Caer Caradoc will drop out, and given my minimal training, there’s a fair chance I’ll be among them.

I’m not asking people to sponsor me. That would be too easy. Instead, I’d like people to sponsor my dodgy left knee. If it makes it to the 32-mile point, then cash donations will be welcome.

I’ll use money raised to push back the frontiers of journalism even further (not a joke, actually: experts around the world tell me they know of no other remotely-run news website like St Helena Online).

One plan is to send a recording device or two out to St Helena so that people can record interviews on my behalf. The beauty is that they needn’t be trained journalists our great writers: simply people who like a good chat. The idea is that they then send the interviews back to me to write up into stories. I call it journalism-by-proxy.

It’s not entirely original. A similar idea with mobile phones has succeeded in rural India, where city-based journalists had previously been unable to give tribal hill people a voice in the media. Read more here.

I would also use any cash to pay expenses such as internet fees, or the cost of travelling to an interview. The money won’t line my pocket.

I’m still working with Johnny Clingham, over at the St Helena Community website, to find the best way for people to donate. In the meantime, if you’d like to sign the pledge (you know what I mean) please click here.

Alternatively, you could try to talk me out of this. You’d find me a good listener.

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Longmynd Hike
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I’ll have a Jimmy Gin and tonic, please…

St Helena’s only distillery has a new product

In historical times, it was a rough home-made punch called arrack that kept the people of St Helena happy: now, it could be Jamestown Gin.

The island’s distillery is launching it as a new product, reports Johnny Clingham on the St Helena Community website. Read his story here.

St Helena goes live at annual UK gathering

sports poster detail - title, dateA live video link is being set up between St Helena and the Reading Sports – the annual gathering of St Helenians in the UK.

Enterprise St Helena is inviting people on the island to book two-minute slots to send greetings to family and friends overseas via the video link on Sunday 26 August 2012.

For a second year, Saint FM will also be relayed to the sports and broadcasting interviews transmitted from the event – this time, it is hoped, with help from St Helena Online.

The link is being organised by IT expert Johnny Clingham, who will also be covering the event for the St Helena Community website.

Matt Joshua of Saint Connect has travelled from St Helena to attend the sports and meet people who are interested in returning home to the island. He will have information about investment, business and job opportunities.

He will also be showing films of the arrival on the island of the Basil Read ship, and construction of the workers’ camp at Bradleys, made by the St Helena Broadcasting Corporation.

Nigel Kirby of the Department for International Development will also be at the sports to talk about the airport.

The sports are organised by the St Helena Association and take place at Reading Rugby Club in Sonning.

Association president Owen George MBE says in his annual report: “As the older members will know we first started with the title Saints Mini Sport, and with a change of committee it became St Helena Sports Day.

“But in truth, beyond any doubt it has become The Saints Relatives and Friends Reunion Day, which to my mind is a very, very important event for people to renew old and make new acquaintancesat the same place, same day, same time each year.

“Saints in Ascension, the Falklands and wherever they may be, arrange their UK holidays to meet on this nostalgic occasion, and you cannot get any better than that.”

The event has been raising money for good causes on the island for more than 30 years.

Visit the association website for full details, including comments praising last year’s event.

See pictures of the 2011 sports, by Richard Bennett, here.

 

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