This Island Life


Who goes there? Just a confused motorist

Who goes there? Just a confused motorist

Friday, February 28, 2014

THIS ISLAND LIFE Let’s get some cards on the table. I have supported the principle of PFI to improve the Island’s crumbling road network from its inception, because there seemed little option if we were not to end up using tracked vehicles to navigate our way around.

Roistering high society of 19th century Britain

Friday, February 14, 2014

THIS ISLAND LIFE IT'S easy to run away with the idea sexual shenanigans among our elders and betters were invented in the Sixties by the likes of John Profumo and Princess Margaret.

A bad case of telephonalgia

Friday, February 7, 2014

THIS ISLAND LIFE CONCLUSIONS are not things to which I jump willy-nilly but there are times when the wary head must be placed above the shaky parapet.

Enough’s enough in grammar war

Friday, January 31, 2014

THIS ISLAND LIFE WHAT do you think constitutes behaviour which, in its most unreasonable manifestation, is likely to provide grounds for divorce?

If that’s a pro-Pugh stance …

Friday, January 24, 2014

THIS ISLAND LIFE POOR old M. O’Crowley got himself into a bit of a tizzy last week, accusing La Hofton and me of being apologists for David Pugh in a letter to the County Press.

There’s a lot to be said for a laogong jicun chu

Friday, January 17, 2014

THIS ISLAND LIFE THEY'VE given the world everything from cast iron to the compass; from bank notes to blast furnaces; from nickel silver to nail polish.

A crisis that’s not going away

A crisis that’s not going away

Friday, January 10, 2014

THIS ISLAND LIFE AT the local election count last May, there was a vague whiff of moral and intellectual superiority in the air. A throng of ‘independents’ was in the process of being swept into power on a tide of platitudes, vague promises and back-of-a-fag-packet economics.

A sneak preview of the main events for 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014

THIS ISLAND LIFE THIS is the time of year when everyone is looking at the pennies in the hope the pounds will take care of themselves, so it’s incumbent upon me to do my bit for the common good.

That was the day when IW was star

That was the day when IW was star

Friday, December 20, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE JUST over a year ago I asked readers to share memories they had of films or television programmes which had been shot on the Island.

Here’s to the new branding

Friday, December 13, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE MOST amusing news moment of last week? It has to be Patrick Birley’s response to inquiries about the beer his firm, Goddards, has produced with Nigel Farage’s smirking face on the bottle.

The times – and people – of a treasured past

The times – and people – of a treasured past

Friday, December 6, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE I REMEMBER the first two days of my working life as a cub reporter on the old IW Times with disconcerting clarity.

Down in the sewers, something stirred

Down in the sewers, something stirred

Friday, November 29, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE IF you haven’t finished your breakfast yet, please do so before reading this column. It’s about World Toilet Day.

I don’t know anything about art, but I know what I like

Friday, November 22, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE MALC Lawrence and Keith Newbery have just visited the Tate Modern. Now there’s a sentence I never expected to write any time soon, if at all.

Words cast a spell even above music

Friday, November 15, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE THERE was a short letter in this newspaper a couple of weeks back which may have gone unnoticed by some readers.

There’s only one way out of Tories’ dispute

Friday, November 8, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE THE word ‘cabal’ has been much in evidence in the columns of this newspaper over the past few weeks.

In the ring for Grand designs

Friday, November 1, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE IF the battle to save Sandown were to be staged as a prize fight, the ring announcer would probably sound something like this.

If it works for you – and tastes good – why not?

Friday, October 25, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE Whenever I felt under the weather as a kid, with an illness usually caused by an infection in the area somewhere between eyebrows and breast-bone, my mother immediately set about making onion juice.

Win with hard work and luck

Friday, October 18, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE IT was Napoleon Bonaparte who is reported to have said: ‘Don’t bring me good generals, bring me lucky ones.’

A loud encounter with racing pundit

Friday, October 11, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE MOST journalists will tell you the actors and performers they happen upon during the course of their work rarely bear much resemblance to the image they present to the public.

Would any other sound have a better pull?

Would any other sound have a better pull?

Friday, October 4, 2013

THIS ISLAND LIFE I HAVE a fondness for church bells; their plangent clangour and the slightly ragged symmetry of the sound they make have always struck me as quintessentially English.

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