The View From Here

Dr Fox puts his foot down

Dr Fox puts his foot down

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.

There’s more to stamps than gummed hinges

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.

Take care at the police drive-in

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.

What about our island, Bear?

What about our island, Bear?

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.

The perfect college … not a student in sight

The perfect college … not a student in sight

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.

It’s a new centre, oh, sorry, a hub

It’s a new centre, oh, sorry, a hub

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!)

Looks like IW chaps are elbowed out

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.

No Gargle or Kitcat for me in the Euro election

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.

Let’s slay this dragon of national indifference

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?

Flee to central London from Midsomer Island

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?

Surely, Gloria was there, smiling down

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Funerals can be strange affairs. With our reluctance to look death in the face, we skirt round the uncomfortable realities. 

The daffs are out and so are the tip queues

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.

Obesity is rarely just greed

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.

Higher salaries on the agenda

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.

Windows on the world

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.

Can Island’s female role models make a difference today?

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.

Moaning Islanders need to see reality

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”.

An optimistic property view – in the long term

An optimistic property view – in the long term

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.

Enough of this outdated doorstep good manners

Enough of this outdated doorstep good manners

Friday, February 28, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE Fed up with strangers on your doorstep, selling you something you don’t want or tricking you into giving them your life savings in return for a cowboy roofing job?

Loneliness is a blight of all ages

Friday, February 21, 2014

THE VIEW FROM HERE A LOTTERY bid which aims to combat loneliness has been launched by the charity Age UK IW. If successful, a windfall of between £2 million and £6 million will be used to tackle social isolation among Island residents aged over 50.

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