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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.