Saturday, March 21, 2015
CHARLOTTE HOFTON THE image of the Island as a charming time-warp in a backwater of rural loveliness, rimmed by seaside fun and boats bobbing about on the waves, has taken something of a knock with the news of a campaign to protect our young people from radicalisation.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
CHARLOTTE HOFTON THERE are a number of words and phrases I prefer to avoid. “Homemade beetroot wine” for one. “Women empowering women” for another (pull yourselves together for goodness sake and just get on with it). “Hen party” (often conflated with that previous horror.)
Thursday, March 5, 2015
CHARLOTTE HOFTON After six weeks of watching the adorable Mark Rylance smouldering away as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC’s lavish adaptation of Wolf Hall, I am quite in the Tudor way of things.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
CHARLOTTE HOFTON I AM enchanted by the new Chinese designation for The Needles, the Island’s most quintessential landmark. It seems many British attractions are difficult to translate into Mandarin and so tourist agency VisitBritain asked the Chinese to help out.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
It’s as though all my Christmases and birthdays had come at once. In my constant quest to raise the Island’s celebrity profile, I never in my wildest dreams imagined the good fortune that cascaded upon us last Saturday.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
CHARLOTTE HOFTON Usually it’s the horse which is said to have bolted, leaving the stable door unlocked. Here on the IW, however, it’s the fox that’s bolted, with unlocked doors the least of our worries.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
It could have been the lead story. As it was, last week’s bombshell from Cllr Ian “Mighty Brain” Stephens he wants to be our MP trumped all other news for headline coverage.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
CHARLOTTE HOFTON Our MP has for some time been accompanied by an elephant in the room, that inconvenient beast which is all too visible but which nobody mentions.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
CHARLOTTE HOFTON Hats off to Zoe Willard for her ambitious wedding plans, the highlight of which is undoubtedly her mission to procure Gary Barlow to sing at the event.
Monday, November 17, 2014
CHARLOTTE HOFTON OH, blimey, here we go again. Island Tories having a punch-up, spectators wading in, tears and bloodshed all over the place. Oh, look, the UKIP candidate has demanded a by-election. That’s a new one.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
COPPINS Bridge should look a little lovelier when a new sculpture of St George and the Dragon is installed. This “stunning piece of public art” is the brainchild of wood sculptor Paul Sivell and eco-artist Glenn Martin, who will recruit schoolchildren and apprentices to help create the work.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
I EXPECT you’ve noticed it’s Halloween today. How could you not, when everything’s gone black and orange and cobwebby and you keep being told what to do with a pumpkin? Last week’s CP contained a whole raft of Halloweeny things to do on the Island.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
A whoops-a-daisy moment for the Isle of Wight Council employee who inadvertently paid more than half a million pounds to the defunct contractor for Cowes Enterprise College, thus adding another glorious chapter to the rollicking farce surrounding this hapless establishment.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
CHARLOTTE HOFTON BACK to reality after last week’s suggestion the Island should be devolved. Please note, this was a joke. For years we haven’t been able to form even a council capable of running things properly as a county within a central government system.
Friday, September 12, 2014
THE VIEW FROM HERE THE merger between the Cowes-based Royal Corinthian Yacht Club (RCYC) and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has been approved and is likely to be completed in November.
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.