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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.