The View From Here

Pride parade – do a deal?

Friday, December 9, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON
Pencils poised on your new diaries, everybody, and get ready for July 15, the undoubted highlight on the Island’s 2017 schedule of exciting events.
That is the day on which Ryde will host the very first IW Pride event, thus bringing us into line with other enlightened locations which celebrate their LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) communities, additionally raising awareness and promoting inclusion.

A class apart a good thing

Friday, December 2, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON
My immediate thought on learning about the possibility of a “club-class lounge” being installed on Red Funnel car ferries was one of considerable happiness and total support.

All aboard for Christmas

Friday, November 25, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON
I’m beside myself with excitement this week. The reason? Why, Christmas is upon us, bringing with it the traditional festive commercialism which is, of course, what it’s all about.

Hatred is not the answer

Friday, November 18, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON
Much of last week’s news made depressing reading. Massive funding cuts for our schools, a serious assault at our prison, the usual crop of despicable crime and, perhaps most dispiriting of all, the number of Island children needing social service support revealed as having doubled in four years, with 7,453 children living in poverty on the Island.

Dare you take the challenge?

Friday, November 11, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON
It’s all a bit grim at present, isn’t it? I refer, of course, to the cataclysmic blow dealt to the Island by the recently implemented administrative horrors at Lynnbottom Tip. Indeed, so severe is this crisis there may well be people who will not survive the winter unless the matter is addressed.

Super idea for big authority

Saturday, October 29, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON
The great devolution debate is up and running on the Island, with our own authority split as to whether we should unite with Portsmouth and Southampton in what has been described as a “super council” and everybody else in pretty well the same position as our councillors.

Too few likes for their liking

Saturday, October 22, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON
A report from yoppul, the CP’s trendiest corner for youth news, has discovered “teenage girls in the UK are unhappy”. So far, so not terribly interesting.

Fancy running for council?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Could you be a councillor? That was the question aimed at enticing “community-minded local residents” to sign up for a “Be a Councillor” event at County Hall this week.

Why Eddie’s the Isle of Wight’s new darling

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Previously something of a fan of Eddie Izzard, I am now positively devoted to him. I like the way he manages to be alternative without drawing on the tediously coarse and I like the way he’s honest about his transgender (“a complete boy plus girl”) without tipping over into luvvie habdabs.

Who are you kidding, Adolf?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Military historian Dr Robert Forczyk may be a clever fellow but he has some loopy theories.

Heroes on and off the track

Friday, September 23, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON Another week, another blow to the welfare of the Island’s vulnerable residents. The council’s executive has now officially decided to reduce the number of respite beds at Westminster House, a facility which looks after people with learning difficulties.

Did those feet, in muddy boots

Saturday, September 17, 2016

THE front-page shocker in last week’s CP must have sent many Islanders scuttling to their garden sheds in search of rakes, shears and any other horticultural tool with which they might defend their inalienable right to grow a giant marrow, pinch out their runner beans and spread liquid mulch around their tomatoes.

You can’t beat mucking about

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Charlotte Hofton
The end of the summer hols upon us, it’s time for the kids to prepare to return to school. In the bad old days, this involved trailing along to W. H. Smith in pursuit of a shiny plastic pencil case and a fountain pen which, mysteriously, didn’t leak in the shop but did the moment you got it into the classroom.

Let’s hope for more yah-boo

Saturday, August 20, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON HOW invigorating to learn of the latest developments in the affairs of Island Line, that on-going saga which has enthralled the Island with its delicious combination of Thomas the Tank Engine muddles and Machiavellian intrigue.

A poor Wight ghetto? Well…

Saturday, August 13, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON WHILE those promoting tourism on the Island claim there’s a welcoming smile for anybody who chooses to visit us, they might like to make an exception in the case of David Hoare.

I go away for a short while...

Saturday, August 6, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON YES, here I am, returned after a relaxing summer break, during which events both on and off the Island largely passed me by.

So much to love about our Island

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

THERE has been righteous indignation all round this week on the Island after comparison website uSwitch named the IW the 15th worst place to live in Britain.

Apathy rules? Who cares?

Friday, July 15, 2016

ALAN MARRIOTT It is the A word that seems to blight our society these days. I seem to encounter it more and more and I have to say, it is making me pretty depressed.

Thrilled to the marrow by veg

Saturday, July 9, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON
We might be in a topsy-turvy state of uncertainty but not even a referendum can alter the cycle of the seasons or the course of the planets, or, most comfortingly, the realisation that summer is here and with it, the immutable customs which we perform on the Island.

We all need to back tourism

Saturday, July 2, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON
There is likely to be a certain amount of wariness among IW tourism firms at the idea they should make a proportionate contribution to a proposed Wight BID (Business Improvement District), an initiative which has been vigorously promoted by David Thornton, chief executive of Visit IW.

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