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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.