Thursday, April 17, 2014
WHEN a teenage John Hannam was tucked up in bed listening to the Pete Murray chat show he could but dream that one day he would have much in common with the radio legend.
Friday, April 11, 2014
WIGHT LIVING On February 7, 1943, a crippled German Dornier bomber circled low over the southern IW. The Luftwaffe crew knew they were doomed to crash. To survive the impact it was essential they drop their single bomb, a sea mine.
Friday, April 4, 2014
WIGHT LVIING ONCE upon a time, the answer to the Island’s energy problems seemed to be blowing in the wind — wind turbines, to be precise.
Friday, March 28, 2014
WIGHT LIVING AS THE horses and riders line up for the IW Grand National at Ashey on Sunday, we should think back nearly a century to Warrior’s great victory in the race.
Friday, March 21, 2014
WIGHT LIVINGIN THE 18th century, Cowes was the centre of the export industry for rice from Britain’s American colonies. Despite the American War of Independence, it took the singular efforts of Thomas Jefferson to break Cowes’s control of the Atlantic rice trade.
Friday, March 14, 2014
WIGHT LIVINGTHE DOCTORS said Kathryn Clarke would never be able to walk, talk, eat or even breathe for herself after she was nearly decapitated in a crash that should have claimed her life.
Friday, March 7, 2014
WIGHT LIVING Has the death knell finally sounded for Undercliff Drive?
Friday, February 28, 2014
WIGHT LIVING THE story of the West Wight Sports Centre goes back more than half a century, when a group of parents had the germ of an idea that was to grow and flourish.
Friday, February 14, 2014
WIGHT LIVING AUGUST 2014 will see the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, which lasted from August 1914 to November 1918.
Friday, February 7, 2014
WIGHT LIVING AS PEOPLE live longer, there can scarcely be a family untouched by dementia.
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
WIGHT LIVING ROYAL Navy veteran Ian Gordon is probably one of a select few able to share his tales of survival after he served on two ships that were sunk during the Second World War.
Friday, January 24, 2014
WIGHT LIVING THE canon ‘parachuted’ in to save a Ryde church is well used to firing broadsides across the bows of the church authorities — so why, in ‘retirement’, should things be any different?
Friday, January 17, 2014
WIGHT LIVING LISTENING to the recent storm-force gales thrashing the bedroom window has reminded me of a similar time of storms — December 1889 and January 1890.
Friday, January 10, 2014
WIGHT LIVING AT times, over the past few weeks, it has felt as if the Island has been under siege.
Friday, January 3, 2014
WIGHT LIVING NATIONALLY, the collective pub glass is, pessimistically, more than half empty — and draining fast.
Friday, December 27, 2013
WIGHT LIVING THE face of Island education has changed almost beyond recognition over the past two years — and it’s not going to stop any time soon.
Friday, December 13, 2013
WIGHT LIVING DESPITE increasing awareness of the problems caused by the cold, there was still a shocking statistic last winter. More than 31,000 older people died, cold and miserable, and the Island was not immune from the icy death grip.
Friday, December 6, 2013
WIGHT LIVING IMAGINE a time when the Island was the cultural heart of the country, the place where the great minds of the day chose to spend their time and where curious crowds waited for hours at a time to catch a glimpse of revolutionaries and poets.
Friday, November 29, 2013
WIGHT LIVING THE distance between one island and another 7,000 miles away is being bridged by love, care and very practical support.