The View From Here

Boredom can be creative

Saturday, July 25, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONFOLLOWING George Osborne’s announcement of plans to legislate for extended Sunday trading hours, the Island seems to have given the thumbs-down to the chancellor’s idea.

Hidden joys of cycling to class

Saturday, July 11, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONAMID all the gloom and wrangling on our news pages, there is at least one item to lift our hearts.

Let’s shoot a tired old fox

Saturday, July 4, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONSINCE his victorious return to Westminster, it’s good to see our MP busying himself with important matters that are of much benefit to the Island. I am especially impressed by two questions in particular he has raised in Parliament and I am confident we shall all profit greatly if he can only get the answers.

Press one for utter despair

Saturday, June 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONNETTLESTONE and Seaview Parish Council is reportedly upset at the length of time it takes to make telephone inquiries to County Hall and has requested the matter be sorted out. This action comes as a result of the IW Council seeking suggestions for improvements.

A suitable case for treatment

Saturday, June 20, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON The NHS is a mystery, whose workings are unfathomable — even, I suspect, to those who are running it. At the moment, Jeremy Hunt is our secretary of state for health. He has the look of a slightly surprised adolescent but I suppose Mr Cameron thinks he’s up to the job.

Is 26.3% really most of the Island?

Is 26.3% really most of the Island?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON GOSH, that was exciting, wasn’t it? All that speculation about hung parliaments and rumours of upsets on the Island and what happened?

Shower power amid wurzels

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A CAREER change is always good for keeping one’s faculties up to speed and I hope there will be no shortage of people who will consider running The Sportsman’s Rest pub at Porchfield.

Polls Odyssey ends with Iliad

Polls Odyssey ends with Iliad

Saturday, April 18, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON DURING the forthcoming three-week run-up to the election, there will be times when I shall need a secluded spot away from it all. Some place where I can forget the whole depressing imbroglio of the Island’s fate — most particularly, since all the candidates are either ghastly or useless or both, the inevitability of this extremely needy constituency being landed with a duff MP.

Let’s drive to common sense

Friday, April 10, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON COMMON sense is a commodity that has been sadly devalued by the belief that what you need be successful is a degree, whether or not it’s of any use — got one of those business administration masters things?

And on that bombshell …

Saturday, April 4, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON MANY big issues around at the moment but none more important than deciding who shall be the next presenter of Top Gear. A number of suggestions have been put forward but the BBC is still flapping around while we fret over this crucial appointment.

A dream of life without colour

A dream of life without colour

Monday, March 30, 2015

When somebody is described as ‘colourful’, all introverts and shrinking violets should be on their guard. Similarly there are other epithets which flag up immediate caution. A child who, according to his doting parents, is 'a lovable rogue’ is actually a revolting little brat.

Even the Isle of Wight has online danger

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.

No glamping for me, thanks

No glamping for me, thanks

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.)

Heads up for another celeb

Heads up for another celeb

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.

Island Trident joins Streaker

Island Trident joins Streaker

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.

Our very own celeb at last!

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.

It’s the pupils who lose out

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.

Healthy ways to empty bins

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON
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.

Concern, not discrimination

Concern, not discrimination

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.

What now for a new celeb?

What now for a new celeb?

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.

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