The View From Here

Too few likes for their liking

Saturday, October 22, 2016

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

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

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.

Why we need to pay more

Saturday, June 25, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON ASSUMING all has gone to plan, and Mr Farage’s scary immigrants didn’t trash the polling booths yesterday, the referendum will have taken place and, by the time you read this, we should know whether we still have a future within the EU.

How we must mend our ways

Saturday, June 18, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON Tremendous news in last week’s CP letters page, with the unexpected but very welcome return of the Rev Dr Steven Wilkes to its columns. The ‘Dr’, incidentally, is a new addition since his last letter and we must congratulate him on this latest acquisition.

I don’t know but some do

Saturday, June 4, 2016

I DON'T know, really.” I’ve heard that particular assertion many times recently, usually from people who will very probably vote Brexit in this month’s referendum.

Love none in holiday tennis

Saturday, May 28, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON YOU KNOW how, when you’re watching some sporting contest between two opposing sides, you want them both to lose?

Just how much did charities get?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Having pledged a year ago to donate his pay rise to “good causes on the Island” but then being noticeably absent from the Sun’s published list of MPs who had given their pay rises to charity.

Blue sky, clean clothes, new homes

Saturday, May 14, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON OUR council may be completely casual about the state of the Island’s listed buildings but it’s seriously heavy-handed about its new waste disposal regulations.

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