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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.

Bake-off, not Banksy, for Isle of Wight

Bake-off, not Banksy, for Isle of Wight

Saturday, October 31, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON IS THE Island deemed to be a philistine backwater, as far as culture is concerned? Judging from the huge success of this month’s Literary Festival, this is certainly not the case.

Alarming way we treat police

Saturday, October 24, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON LAST week’s headline, “Police cuts put 999 in danger”, is alarming, to say the least. What, no police car, with flashing lights and screaming siren, arriving within seconds of our call to summon help because we are being burgled, assaulted, terrorised by marauding hordes of drunken youths?

A magic wand for the Island

Saturday, October 10, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONWHICH of us doesn’t enjoy daydreaming?

The making of a yoof writer

Saturday, October 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON A fascinating insight into the lives of young people when, in last week’s CP, we met the three new reporters who will be taking over this newspaper’s youth site.

Prolong life – then what?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON THE NEWS that e-cigarettes could be available on prescription has a correlation with a recent crisis at St Mary’s Hospital which should concern us all.

We must seem a very odd lot

We must seem a very odd lot

Saturday, August 22, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONAnother day, another wrangle, another U-turn, another cock-up.

Blasting bullies

Sunday, August 9, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONTHE Island’s school students and those responsible for educational standards don’t always get a good press.

Hard task of public office

Hard task of public office

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON THESE are bad times for faith in public office. Lord Sewel, not content with boasting about having his nose in the trough, also used it to allegedly snort cocaine through rolled-up banknotes at a sex romp held in his flat.

Boredom can be creative

Saturday, July 25, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONFOLLOWING George Osborne’s announcement of plans to legislate for extended Sunday trading hours, the Island seems to have given the thumbs-down to the chancellor’s idea.

Hidden joys of cycling to class

Saturday, July 11, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONAMID all the gloom and wrangling on our news pages, there is at least one item to lift our hearts.

Let’s shoot a tired old fox

Saturday, July 4, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONSINCE his victorious return to Westminster, it’s good to see our MP busying himself with important matters that are of much benefit to the Island. I am especially impressed by two questions in particular he has raised in Parliament and I am confident we shall all profit greatly if he can only get the answers.

Press one for utter despair

Saturday, June 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONNETTLESTONE and Seaview Parish Council is reportedly upset at the length of time it takes to make telephone inquiries to County Hall and has requested the matter be sorted out. This action comes as a result of the IW Council seeking suggestions for improvements.

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