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The voice of the Island

The voice of the Island

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.

Tragedy, scandal and wealth – the story of one great house

Tragedy, scandal and wealth – the story of one great house

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.

Will Island go with the flow?

Will Island go with the flow?

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.

From battlefield to racecourse

From battlefield to racecourse

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.

Cowes at centre of world trade

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.

Foundation of courage and love

Foundation of courage and love

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.

Undercliff – the road to nowhere?

Undercliff – the road to nowhere?

Friday, March 7, 2014

WIGHT LIVING Has the death knell finally sounded for Undercliff Drive?

Back from the brink

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.

Island lost a whole generation

Island lost a whole generation

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.

It’s a dementia friendly Island

It’s a dementia friendly Island

Friday, February 7, 2014

WIGHT LIVING AS PEOPLE live longer, there can scarcely be a family untouched by dementia.

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.

Sunk twice and reliving the tale

Sunk twice and reliving the tale

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.

Man on a mission that never ends

Man on a mission that never ends

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?

Irex’s ill-fated life ended in terrible storm

Irex’s ill-fated life ended in terrible storm

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.

Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere

Friday, January 10, 2014

WIGHT LIVING AT times, over the past few weeks, it has felt as if the Island has been under siege.

Why the glass is more than half full at IW pubs

Why the glass is more than half full at IW pubs

Friday, January 3, 2014

WIGHT LIVING NATIONALLY, the collective pub glass is, pessimistically, more than half empty — and draining fast.

The ever changing face of the Island’s schools

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.

How to keep warm without fear this winter

How to keep warm without fear this winter

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.

Is everyone here a genius?

Is everyone here a genius?

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.

Help with love from the Island

Help with love from the Island

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.

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