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Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena May 4th 2012

Well, I’m sure you’re waiting to hear about the skittles, eh? The first difficulty was a 9.30 start in the evening. Who has heard of a 9.30 pm start? Certainly we who have ventured into the nether regions of Shropshire seeking glory as part of the Wenlock ‘B’ bowls team, like to be back in the comfort of our homes by that time. Here in Jamestown things are done rather differently. Having spent an hour or so in the Consulate Hotel (rather nice and charming atmosphere with, you chaps out there will be relieved to hear, no dogs and owners imitating the opening day of Crufts) having a beer (South African lager) or two, I stumbled out to the skittles alley at the local community hall. I arrived early to watch the previous match so that ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena April 22nd 2012

As Frank might have said Or as my new friend Peter (isn’t it wonderful to be surprised even now that it is possible to think that, ‘I have a new friend’) might have put it ‘I’m working at living in the moment’. Pretty well taking all we can from the then and now, the pleasure of the sublime, the ordinariness of every day life. But being aware of these everyday things and heeding them, even if not taking pleasure. Some of you will know that my literary hero is Frank Bascombe who is the narrator in Richard Ford’s wonderful trilogy of novels ‘The Sportswriter’, ‘Independence Day’ and ‘The Lay of the Land’, which I assume will be as satisfying as the previous two as I have read only the first 10 humorous and wise pages. In ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena April 15th 2012

A fine night on the harbour front! It’s no surprise that so many people congregate at Donny’s Bar late afternoon on a Friday. No English ale I’m afraid – Iain, perhaps we should open our micro-brewery here! – but G&Ts or a beer whilst the sun sinks into the Atlantic is a spectacular way to end the working week. Grilled Yahoo (fish) and chips is good to – but a serious absence of mushy peas. Twilight is very brief here as the sun drops very quickly and sinks out of sight (I know it doesn’t really) after a very brief explosion of colour over the sea. Is that because St. Helena is so close to the equator – I have a sense that we are travelling much quicker here than we would further south or north. ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena April 14th 2012

I do apologise if you have received this blog twice or three times already. I blame the technology rather than the technician - but who knows. Saturday morning - after the excitement of domestic duties I shall pop along to the Consulate Hotel to watch the FA Cup semi-final. Something that I'd never be doing at home but, well, on a showery (tropical) day like today, why not. If the weather looks OK I shall do one of the post-box walks tomorrow - but one of those graded 1 or 2 on a scale 1 to 10. What do you mean, a feeble effort. I now attach and send (for the 4th time) the blog of a not very exciting evening in Jamestown. Friday April 13th A fine night on the harbour front! It’s no surprise ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena April 14th 2012

Friday April 13th A fine night on the harbour front! It’s no surprise that so many people congregate at Donny’s Bar late afternoon on a Friday. No English ale I’m afraid – Iain, perhaps we should open our micro-brewery here! – but G&Ts or a beer whilst the sun sinks into the Atlantic is a spectacular way to end the working week. Grilled Yahoo (fish) and chips is good to – but a serious absence of mushy peas. Twilight is very brief here as the sun drops very quickly and sinks out of sight (I know it doesn’t really) after a very brief explosion of colour over the sea. Is that because St. Helena is so close to the equator – I have a sense that we are travelling much quicker here than we would further ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena April 14th 2012

Friday April 13th A fine night on the harbour front! It’s no surprise that so many people congregate at Donny’s Bar late afternoon on a Friday. No English ale I’m afraid – Iain, perhaps we should open our micro-brewery here! – but G&Ts or a beer whilst the sun sinks into the Atlantic is a spectacular way to end the working week. Grilled Yahoo (fish) and chips is good to – but a serious absence of mushy peas. Twilight is very brief here as the sun drops very quickly and sinks out of sight (I know it doesn’t really) after a very brief explosion of colour over the sea. Is that because St. Helena is so close to the equator – I have a sense that we are travelling much quicker here than we would further ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena April 13th 2012

Friday April 13th A fine night on the harbour front! It’s no surprise that so many people congregate at Donny’s Bar late afternoon on a Friday. No English ale I’m afraid – Iain, perhaps we should open our micro-brewery here! – but G&Ts or a beer whilst the sun sinks into the Atlantic is a spectacular way to end the working week. Grilled Yahoo (fish) and chips is good to – but a serious absence of mushy peas. Twilight is very brief here as the sun drops very quickly and sinks out of sight (I know it doesn’t really) after a very brief explosion of colour over the sea. Is that because St. Helena is so close to the equator – I have a sense that we are travelling much quicker here than we would further ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena April 9th 2012

Monday 9th April A little local difficulty – or how to meet your neighbours Firstly, you need to have some picture of where my house is a new 2 bedroomed bungalow with (as most houses on the island have) a corrugated roof. The land slopes sharply towards the sea and, so, a terrace had been dug out of the slope for the build. The garden is completely undeveloped and when I arrived, after what had been a considerable dry period, it reminded me of those almost finished villas in Greece or Spain in the sixties or seventies. To access the grounds I have to take a narrow track and then swing into the garden and follow a steep slope to the terraced area. Once you know what to look out for, not a problem. After a ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena April 6th 2012

Tuesday March 27th – Cape Town On the way to Heathrow Airport, Di asked whether I was feeling excited about the prospect of being away on St Helena for a year. My answer was that, at this moment, it feels just like going to the hospital for an operation. Farewells are difficult and painful, particularly if one is used to being part of a family and part of a couple. Once through the departure gate I felt things lighten up and I began to feel more positive about the (ad)venture ahead. The flight to Cape Town was, thankfully, uneventful – except somewhere hidden on my ticket must have been placed the instruction ‘Place this passenger in the nursery section’! Within a child’s plastic toy’s throw from where I was sitting there were 6 mewling infants who ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena March 19th 2012

With just a week to go before I set off again to the island of St Helena I thought I'd warn you that I shall be writing another travel blog with some stories and - perhaps- some adventures from this second visit. I hope these tales will be of interest - if not, it is easy for you to unsubscribe. I shall be on the island for 12 months, supporting development work in the island's schools. I will be pleased to hear from you whilst I am away. I will write my first blog just before I depart next Monday - after that who knows?... read more




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