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Sarah’s tough job is no walk in The Peaks

Sarah Troman could be forgiven for wanting to take to the hills in her new life as St Helena’s first ever capital programme manager.

She will be responsible for overseeing about 30 major projects, including extending the hospital and moving the island’s “unfit” prison out of Jamestown.

It’s going to be a tough but necessary job, judging by severe criticisms of the way the government handled the building of its new customs house, and sat on UK aid cash intended for infrastructure projects.

It would be enough to make anyone want to escape into St Helena’s amazing landscape at the weekends.

And like so many before her, Sarah has found the island “both diverse and beautiful”, according to a press release from the Castle.

“So far she has walked to Flagstaff with her husband and daughter but hopes to do more walking,” it says.

Strangely, the release makes no mention of another island jaunt, described by husband Tim in his internet journal:

“Today we have had an enforced walk down to the Millennium Forest due to the quality hire car refusing to start,” he writes. 

Evidently they had a good time enjoying the “lovely breeze” and the children’s activity area.

“It was only on the return journey did we both realise quite how steep it had been coming down… I have never known two miles to seem quite so long.”

The press release says Sarah will have responsibility for major improvements to roads – there’s no mention of the vehicles that are driven on them.

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Tim Troman’s St Helena blog

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.

Longmynd Hike
St Helena Community website