Friday, May 17, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE WHENEVER a popular event, such as a carnival or regatta, hits town, it is invariably a jackpot occasion for our Island traffic wardens.
Friday, May 10, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE IT would be improper, with the matter still under investigation, to comment specifically on the unproven allegations surrounding UKIP candidate Richard Wilkins’s election nomination form but the hoo-ha surrounding the various signatures on it nonetheless raises some interesting points.
Friday, May 3, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE EVEN as this week’s CP is loaded on to the news-stands, the votes are being counted and we will soon know who will be swanning into County Hall to collect their councillors’ passes.
Friday, April 26, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE WHEN outlining the Island’s predominant socio-geographic divides a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea of the deep undercurrents of hierarchical tension that exist throughout our community.
Friday, April 19, 2013
HOLD on to your hats, the Bash Street Kids are at it again. Last week’s letter in the CP from Carole Dennett, partner of our MP Andrew Turner, was tetchy in tone.
Friday, April 12, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE KEEN observers of the Island’s social scene will be gripped by the findings of a survey, conducted by a team of university sociologists, revealing an entirely new class structure in Britain.
Friday, April 5, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE ANYONE getting up at five in the morning on Easter Sunday (having already lost an hour’s sleep when the clocks went forward), driving across the Island to Yarmouth and getting the first ferry to Lymington, due out at 6.35am, would not be doing so for the fun of it.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE ECONOMICS are not my strong point. Fiscal cliffs, quantitative easing, Tobin tax, all these are expressions which come from a foreign country for which I don’t have a passport.
Friday, March 22, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE ANYONE using an Island taxi will surely be relieved at the IW Council’s decision to reject further demands for higher fares, put forward by drivers and proprietors.
Friday, March 15, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE OH, dear Lord, here we go again. It’s Mardi Gras time once more on the IW.
Friday, March 8, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE HAMPSHIRE chief takes charge of IW children. What a dreadful shock for our readers to be greeted by this front-page headline in last weeks’ CP, a story arguably scarier than the Grimm Courier’s report of “Hansel and Gretel in clutches of wicked witch in gingerbread house”.
Friday, March 1, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE WHO'S interested in the Oscars? Such overblown achievements, such vulgarity on the red carpet, all those tiresome tears and tributes and what on earth had Halle Berry done to her hair?
Friday, February 22, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE IF only Jane Austen or Mrs Gaskell were still around, what excellent chronicles they could make out of our Island spats.
Friday, February 15, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE SO far, so good, for our new chief constable of police, Andy Marsh, who intends to make the Island a “hostile place for criminals”, the kind of thinking which would surely be endorsed by Prince Harry.
Friday, February 8, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE I MAY have been a little hasty last week in suggesting the Island should try some negative advertising in an innovative effort to boost visitor numbers.
Friday, February 1, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE GOVERNMENT ministers in Bulgaria and Romania are considering a campaign of negative advertising in an attempt to stop people emigrating to Britain.
Friday, January 25, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE FOLLOWING a damning Ofsted report into child protection on the Island, last week’s IW Council meeting saw Cllr Dawn Cousins, cabinet member for children’s services, sever-ely torn apart.
Friday, January 18, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE I HAVE no intention of entering the spat on the CP letters page between Ursula Hollis, wife of Cllr Richard Hollis, and her detractors. Among the latter is that old crossboots John Wortham, who has bearded Mrs Hollis and been imperiously rebuffed for his effrontery.
Friday, January 11, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE I AM enormously excited by the possibility of Island-born film director Suri Krisnamma using the Frank James Hospital and Carisbrooke Priory as composite locations for his screen adaptation of Hamlet.
Friday, January 4, 2013
THE VIEW FROM HERE BETTER late than never, I suppose, so let’s give two cheers to the government for its recent decision to award a campaign medal to veterans of the Arctic convoys.