The View From Here

Forget rows and cut to the chase

Monday, November 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE HOFTON OH, blimey, here we go again. Island Tories having a punch-up, spectators wading in, tears and bloodshed all over the place. Oh, look, the UKIP candidate has demanded a by-election. That’s a new one.

A knight out in Newport

A knight out in Newport

Saturday, November 8, 2014

COPPINS Bridge should look a little lovelier when a new sculpture of St George and the Dragon is installed. This “stunning piece of public art” is the brainchild of wood sculptor Paul Sivell and eco-artist Glenn Martin, who will recruit schoolchildren and apprentices to help create the work.

Ding dong, the witch is a pest

Ding dong, the witch is a pest

Saturday, November 1, 2014

I EXPECT you’ve noticed it’s Halloween today. How could you not, when everything’s gone black and orange and cobwebby and you keep being told what to do with a pumpkin? Last week’s CP contained a whole raft of Halloweeny things to do on the Island.

Spectacular lessons in how to lose cash

Spectacular lessons in how to lose cash

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A whoops-a-daisy moment for the Isle of Wight Council employee who inadvertently paid more than half a million pounds to the defunct contractor for Cowes Enterprise College, thus adding another glorious chapter to the rollicking farce surrounding this hapless establishment.

A world awaits us beyond The Solent

A world awaits us beyond The Solent

Saturday, October 4, 2014

CHARLOTTE HOFTON BACK to reality after last week’s suggestion the Island should be devolved. Please note, this was a joke. For years we haven’t been able to form even a council capable of running things properly as a county within a central government system.

A few ideas for newly merged IW yacht club

Friday, September 12, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE THE merger between the Cowes-based Royal Corinthian Yacht Club (RCYC) and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has been approved and is likely to be completed in November.

Everything in the garden’s lovely – if only I could see it

Everything in the garden’s lovely – if only I could see it

Thursday, July 31, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE THIS columnist likes to visit Osborne House from time to time, if only to see there’s been any progress in putting to practical use the former convalescent wing, which closed in 2000 and has stood empty ever since.

Mammon can be a force for good, despite it all

Mammon can be a force for good, despite it all

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE THE National Lottery, which began in this country in 1994, is a funny old mixture. It exists overwhelmingly because of the public’s greed.

Dr Fox puts his foot down

Dr Fox puts his foot down

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

THERE are a number of issues, trivial in the overall scheme of things in this dangerous, tottering world, but which are guaranteed to provoke rage and rancour on a grand scale.

There’s more to stamps than gummed hinges

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HEREAN imaginative initiative by the Footprint Trust, which is asking for donations of old stamp collections as a fund-raising boost to their work in promoting the benefits of sustainable living.

Take care at the police drive-in

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The closure this week of Ryde Police Station has already occasioned an outcry in the town, with councillors demanding an urgent meeting with our police and crime commissioner, Simon Hayes.

What about our island, Bear?

What about our island, Bear?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE I recently commented on the grave disappointment of Bear Grylls’s latest TV series, The Island. Not only is it not about the Isle of Wight, which it jolly well ought to be, considering the IW was the seminal location for his formative years, but he doesn’t even join in the macho derring-do involved, simply lounging around in a studio and observing the action at a safe distance.

The perfect college … not a student in sight

The perfect college … not a student in sight

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE WHAT are we going to do about Cowes Enterprise College? On the gloom scale of catastrophe, it is currently running at about 99 per cent.

It’s a new centre, oh, sorry, a hub

It’s a new centre, oh, sorry, a hub

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

OPTIMISM galore at the former Brighstone Library which, having been a victim of council cuts (Boo!), is now going to be a community hub (Hurrah!)

Looks like IW chaps are elbowed out

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE What constitutes a gentleman? The magazine Country Life has been asking for nominations for its Gentleman of the Year Awards and as a keen observer of the IW social scene, I have naturally swooped upon this opportunity to raise our profile by getting in among the prizes.

No Gargle or Kitcat for me in the Euro election

Friday, May 9, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE I said last week that today’s column would examine our magnificent apathy towards the European elections. Too late, I realised this was decidedly rash of me.

Let’s slay this dragon of national indifference

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE ARE you English? If so, did you have a jolly St George’s Day? Lots of patriotic celebration, red and white crosses and perhaps a bit of dragon slaying?

Flee to central London from Midsomer Island

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE WHO would not wish to move from the grime and violence of the city to the sweet balm of a country village? Who would not exchange all that aggression and traffic noise for the gentle pace of rural life and the twittering of birds?

Surely, Gloria was there, smiling down

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE
Funerals can be strange affairs. With our reluctance to look death in the face, we skirt round the uncomfortable realities. 

The daffs are out and so are the tip queues

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE Clocks forward, daffodils in bloom, Easter just around the corner. Hurrah, spring is here, and with it the promise of long summer days ahead.

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