Tristan lights up for the Diamond Jubilee (with comment)

It seems the five Diamond Jubilee beacons to be lit on St Helena will not be the most remote in the world. Once again, Tristan da Cunha is set to steal that title. Its single beacon will be lit by chief islander Ian Lavarello on Monday, 4 June 2012, when nations around the globe mark […]

Royal honour for 120 islanders

Diamond Jubilee medals are to be awarded to 120 people on the islands of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. They include 29 recipients on Tristan and 37 on Ascension – and also Fiyanna Maggott, who only received her Golden Jubilee medal last week, ten years late. The award is given by Her Majesty […]

Tristan storm ‘worst since 2001 hurricane’

Winds of up to 50 knots have lashed Tristan da Cunha, reports Sarah Glass on the island website. The gales – said to be the worst since the 2001 hurricane that hit the island – wrecked a Wendy house in the children’s playground and caused severe damage to a thatched cottage that was being restored […]

Stranded Jim flags ride to Cape for just… HOW MUCH?

Botanist Jim McIntosh, who was left stranded on Tristan da Cunha when he was bumped off the MV Edinburgh, has managed to find another ship that’s bound for Cape Town. The good news, as revealed on his Tristan Travels journal, is that the captain can divert 500 miles to pick him up, to avoid a six-week wait for the […]

Jim is left hitch-hiking in mid-ocean as ship sails without him

Botanist Jim McIntosh had been looking forward to a week’s holiday in Cape Town after a seven-month stint working on Tristan da Cunha. Instead, he watched the MV Edinburgh sail away without him. Jim was dropped from the passenger list to make way for a medical patient, with his belongings already packed. Now he’s been […]

Accident lands Stephanie a month on Tristan da Cunha

An accident in the harbour at Tristan da Cunha forced a cruise ship zodiac driver to be left behind on the island for a month. She’s now fully recovered and has been taken off by the container ship Cap Jackson. The accident happened while she was transporting passengers ashore from the National Geographic cruise ship […]

Tristan da Cunha play puts ocean on stage

A play about the 1961 evacuation of Tristan da Cunha has achieved the status of a “modern classic”, says The Guardian newspaper. Zinnie Harris’s drama, Further Than The Furthest Thing, is being revived for a short run at Dundee Rep in Scotland, until May 5. It’ll be wet, and half-naked, apparently. The writer has family links […]

Tristan discovery: not quite the genuine particle?

Scientists, evidently, are amused by the smallest things… and they don’t come much smaller than particles. They’re so tiny, you can’t see them. Which is why it was just the slightest bit surprising to find a news story on the internet, reporting that a new kind of particle had been discovered on Tristan da Cunha. Even more […]

Island flags ‘will be flown’ at Queen’s birthday parades

The flags of Britain’s overseas territories are to feature in the birthday celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen – at the annual Trooping the Colour parade. The idea was put forward by Andrew Rosindell MP, who said the flags should be displayed in the ceremony at Buckingham Palace and on “all appropriate state occasions”. Mr Rosindell, chairman […]

Minister reveals efforts to secure high-speed web link

New hope of faster and cheaper internet access for St Helena has emerged in the House of Commons in London. Members of Parliament have been told that St Helena Government (SHG) is trying to secure a high-speed broadband connection for the island, instead of having to rely on the Cable & Wireless satellite link. The […]