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Saturday, June 25, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON ASSUMING all has gone to plan, and Mr Farage’s scary immigrants didn’t trash the polling booths yesterday, the referendum will have taken place and, by the time you read this, we should know whether we still have a future within the EU.

How we must mend our ways

Saturday, June 18, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON Tremendous news in last week’s CP letters page, with the unexpected but very welcome return of the Rev Dr Steven Wilkes to its columns. The ‘Dr’, incidentally, is a new addition since his last letter and we must congratulate him on this latest acquisition.

I don’t know but some do

Saturday, June 4, 2016

I DON'T know, really.” I’ve heard that particular assertion many times recently, usually from people who will very probably vote Brexit in this month’s referendum.

Love none in holiday tennis

Saturday, May 28, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON YOU KNOW how, when you’re watching some sporting contest between two opposing sides, you want them both to lose?

Just how much did charities get?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Having pledged a year ago to donate his pay rise to “good causes on the Island” but then being noticeably absent from the Sun’s published list of MPs who had given their pay rises to charity.

Blue sky, clean clothes, new homes

Saturday, May 14, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON OUR council may be completely casual about the state of the Island’s listed buildings but it’s seriously heavy-handed about its new waste disposal regulations.

Beware the perils of big birthdays

Saturday, May 7, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON WHILE crime should be frowned upon (unless it’s a Shakespearean murder, in which case it’s literary culture), there are some misdemeanours which, albeit reprehensible, definitely brighten up one’s day.

Now you can validate illness

Saturday, April 30, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTONA NEW computer system is to be set up in GP surgeries across the Island, a technological triumph which will enable patients to access their medical records, make online bookings and order repeat prescriptions.

Isle of Wight MP catches the speaker’s eye

Saturday, April 23, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTONI WAS enchanted to learn recently of yet another accomplishment to add to the repertoire of party tricks that can be performed by the Island’s MP. As is already known, Mr Turner has a pleasing baritone voice and can sing the first verse of O Come All Ye Faithful in Latin.

Who wants to earn £85,000?

Saturday, April 16, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON POLLING cards have now arrived on Island doormats for the election on May 5 of “the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Hampshire police area”.

Does it really help nature?

Saturday, April 9, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON Islander Paul Sivell is a chainsaw artist, whose ingenious wood sculptures are highly popular. His latest creation can be seen in Parkhurst Forest, a project to commemorate an historic signal station.

Will new arrangements get the bird?

Saturday, April 2, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON One area in which Betsy’s talents will certainly be needed in the coming weeks is the Island’s waste disposal.

A couple more tricks, George

Saturday, March 26, 2016

HOFTON IT'S A pity Paul Daniels is no longer around, as he would surely have made a better fist than the chancellor of the exchequer of waving his magic wand and making everything appear lovely.

Brexit and a pint, please

Brexit and a pint, please

Saturday, March 19, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON A FIRM brush-off for Shanklin Conservative and Unionist Club when it tried to get a rebate on its tax bill by citing a European law exempting non-profit-making organisations “with political aims” from paying VAT.

What sort of help is on offer?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON HOW VERY enterprising of Chillerton to solve the problem of not having a village pub by embarking on a series of pop-up events allowing residents to establish a temporary hostelry into their own parlours.

Idols of the mobile phone shop

Saturday, February 27, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTONWhile aiming at all times to keep abreast of fashion trends in TV shows, I occasionally come across the odd smash-hit that has previously escaped my notice.

Ready for an IW tattoo?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON How astute of Matthew Parker, the new landlord of the Wheatsheaf Pub in Newport, to decide to go Nordic for his latest venture.

A coup for fundraising drinks

A coup for fundraising drinks

Saturday, January 16, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON WHILE news of the closure of Made on the Isle of Wight, the business founded by Robin and Serena Courage, is undoubtedly sad, it is nevertheless tempered by the resolution that brought it into existence and Robin’s determination that he will continue to promote the Island.

Powerful cure for insomnia

Monday, November 30, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONBY the time this column appears, there will have been a council meeting at which, in all probability, as reported in last week’s CP, a motion will have been discussed, calling for “a planning sub-committee to adjudicate on disagreements between ward councillors and the head of planning”.

Now for the next fright

Now for the next fright

Saturday, November 7, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONSO that’s Halloween over for another year, thank goodness. Always the same, isn’t it? Stupid pumpkins and tacky bits of spidery stuff and over-excited people, festooned in the most hideous tat, shrieking around the streets.

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