Monthly Archives: October 2014

Eddie campaigns to honour man who saved the ebony

Filling an entire valley to make way for an airport can be done in a couple of years; paying tribute to a Saint’s bravery takes a little longer, it seems. But EDDIE DUFF is determined that Charlie Benjamin should have proper … Continue reading

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Lost Solomon’s deeds found after 160 years

For years, it had been believed that the deeds of several historic houses on St Helena had been destroyed by fire. But then someone pulled out a drawer from a desk in Jamestown, and made a most surprising discovery. Behind … Continue reading

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The ‘merchant king’ suspected of intrigue with Napoleon

Saul Solomon founded a business empire that has dominated commercial life on St Helena for more than two centuries. He was also suspected of smuggling a silk ladder to Napoleon, to help him escape from exile. Now documents relating to … Continue reading

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No PE teacher? Appoint one of the pupils: first head recalls the challenges of creating ‘a school like no other’

JOHN BIRCHALL has proud memories of his time setting up “a school like no other anywhere else in the world” on St Helena. He shared a few of them in a special assembly to mark on the 25th anniversary of Prince … Continue reading

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Barry and Merrill, the Umbrella-ella-ella fellas

Click the pic to hear Barry Francis and Merrill Lawrence on guitars in a rather good rendition of the song, Umbrella. Nicely filmed by Vision Media, too.

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Welcome to St Helena Airport…

St Helena’s airport will officially be known as… St Helena Airport. So says the 51st Airport Update, reporting the decision by executive councillors. “The name is strongly supported by the aviation industry and has instant recognition for passengers,” it says. … Continue reading

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Sailing for St Helena with a floorboard for a rudder

When the rudder failed on the yacht Benguela, its crew tried lashing a floorboard to a pole to take its place. It worked, well enough to steer the 42-foot sail training vessel to within reach of rescue boats from St … Continue reading

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