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.
Friday, April 4, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE I'M NOT sure I’d be entirely comfortable having Dame Sally Davies at my dining table. She is England’s chief medical officer, who told us last week we’re all fat slobs and need to stop stuffing our faces and brace up on the exercise front.
Friday, March 28, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE The IW Council’s annual meeting last week was a joyous occasion, at least as far as the councillors were concerned. The agenda provided maximum opportunity to talk about themselves, which is beyond doubt their favourite occupation.
Friday, March 21, 2014
THIS ISLAND LIFEReaders of a certain vintage will be familiar with the musical Stop the World — I Want to Get Off.
Friday, March 21, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE It is almost a century ago that women in this country got the vote, though it was only a partial victory.
Friday, March 14, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE I WHOLE heartedly endorse the letter in last week’s CP, which had D. Wilson, of Newport, urging us to cease “the current stream of invective being put the way of Island Roads”.
Friday, March 7, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE For sociologists or semanticists, the world of the estate agent must represent the perfect case study. Wrap-ped in eternal optimism and ready to describe even the most tawdry hovel as “quirky”, these stalwarts of the property scene could provide enough material to fill a PhD thesis.
Friday, February 28, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE Fed up with strangers on your doorstep, selling you something you don’t want or tricking you into giving them your life savings in return for a cowboy roofing job?
Friday, February 21, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE A LOTTERY bid which aims to combat loneliness has been launched by the charity Age UK IW. If successful, a windfall of between £2 million and £6 million will be used to tackle social isolation among Island residents aged over 50.
Friday, February 14, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE I HAD to read it twice. Had my brain gone as soggy as the weather? Was I having delusions which caused me to see things in the paper that weren’t actually there?
Friday, February 7, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE ISLAND Mentality is the title of an article published recently in The Economist, a not altogether flattering profile of our educational results and the students who continue to fail to raise these results to any sort of glittering standards.
Friday, January 31, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE HOLY Trinity Church, Ryde, held its final service last Sunday. After a protracted fight for survival, its congregation was finally forced to accept its closure and the church now stands as something of a sad cenotaph, a mere building and no longer a place of worship.
Friday, January 24, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE MODERN blockbuster films are now so protracted that a single visit to the cinema takes out a major part of our lives.
Friday, January 17, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE THE impending closure of Battersby Cycles, which has been trading in Hill Street, Ryde, for more than 113 years, heralds another nail in the coffin of old-fashioned family firms.
Friday, January 10, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE ISN'T life fun just now? Floods, winds, lashing seas, roads blocked, ferries cancelled, Christmas up the spout and, ah yes, that sinister patch of damp on the landing is now starting to drip water.
Friday, January 3, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE WELL, here we are in 2014. How’s everything going so far? Resolutions still in-tact?
Friday, December 27, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HEREDid you have a nice Christmas? I’m sure you did. I expect it was all non-stop peace and goodwill and everybody being simply super to each other.
Friday, December 20, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERECHRISTMAS is a time for — oh, so many things. It’s tinkly and shimmery and rush-around. It’s also argumentative and stressy and for too many it can be lonely and cold and hungry.
Friday, December 13, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE ARTIST David Hockney is less than impressed with his council in Bradford. Following suggestions some of its art collection should be sold to raise money for social care and offset the results of cuts in children’s services, Hockney turned seriously grumpy.
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.