Friday, December 6, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE LAST week’s CP story, headlined Misery at County Hall, unfolded a grim tale of Draconian cuts and the ghastly evisceration of civic folderol within the IW Council.
Friday, November 29, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE OH, happy day! What with one thing and another, I’d slightly forgotten about my favourite politician. Rather like when the name of somebody who used to be in the news comes up and you think, my goodness, are they still alive?
Friday, November 22, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE ONE-third of IW GPs are likely to retire in the next five to ten years, but corresponding numbers of new doctors are not likely to replace them. This will undoubtedly cause immense problems as our population increases and the proportion of our elderly residents rises ever higher.
Friday, November 15, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE FOLLOWING an horrific motorcycle crash, Andy O’Neill spearheaded an Islandwide drink-drive campaign. In 2004, he had smashed head-on into a car at Beaper Shute, near Ryde, sustaining injuries which left him seriously disabled and confined to a wheelchair.
Friday, November 8, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE IF a ticket to a knockabout fight is your thing, you can do no better than book a ringside seat as the Island Tories slug it out among themselves.
Friday, November 1, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE HURRAH for the IW Literary Festival, only in its second year but already steeped in high standards and set to attract the very best speakers for years to come.
Friday, October 25, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE Two stories in last week’s CP offer exciting possibilities for the Island. With a little lateral thinking, an unpleasant social problem could be solved while simultaneously bringing fresh jollity into people’s lives.
Friday, October 18, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE AS a tireless monitor of the Island’s social pulse, I was naturally straight on to the case when the Flag Institute announced it would publish a paper settling the dispute over whether our national standard should be known as the Union Jack or the Union flag.
Friday, October 11, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE THERE has been much criticism of the police and crime commissioners who arrived last year, following elections which mostly featured total apathy towards the whole idea.
Friday, October 4, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE FOLLOWING a shake-up in the clinic structure on the Island, blood donors at Fresh-water, who will now have to travel to larger centres in Newport, Cowes or Ventnor, are reportedly “outraged”.
Friday, September 27, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE I HAD to do a double-check when I read what Peter Shaw, headteacher at Carisbrooke College, had to say last week on the subject of school uniform.
Friday, September 20, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE The departure of Karen Eeles from the Earl Mount-batten Hospice has a very unsavoury whiff about it. Mrs Eeles had been the hospice’s fundraising manager for 11 years until she was required under a restructure to apply for her own job.
Friday, September 13, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE OOH, what chic beach brio as Prince Harry descended upon Priory Bay for luncheon, this lovely event being filmed as part of a TV documentary.
Friday, September 6, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE I AM typing this column through a haze of tears, a cambric hanky pressed to my nose and a glass of reviving cordial beside me.
Friday, August 30, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE AS we reach the end of the summer, it’s time to pack up. Back to school, back to work, shake the sand out of our sandals and put the bucket and spades in store.
Friday, August 23, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE GREAT disappointment for the Island at this year’s A-level results, particularly those from Sandown Bay Academy, where the top news was of the Chard quads (Tom, Samantha, Michael and Abbi ), who all achieved university places.
Friday, August 16, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE COWES Week brought exciting news from the Royal Yacht Squadron, when the chaps had a meeting and decided to let the women in.
Friday, August 9, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE IT'S holiday season and that means packing the essentials as we prepare to get away. Let’s see — toothbrush, spare underwear, insect repellent, sunscreen, yup, we’ll need those.
Friday, August 2, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE THE former Manchester United footballer Eric Cantona entered the annals of memorable quotations when, after kicking out during a match at both another player and the crowd, he was asked for his comments at a press conference.
Friday, July 26, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE PAUL Burstow, a Lib Dem MP and a former care minister, has been considering the future of care homes in this country.