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Below: 27th November 2019 • 30th October 2019 • 25th September 2019 • 27th August 2019 • 24th July 2019 • 26th June 2019

27th November 2019

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A few content changes…

Did ‘Jack the Ripper’ visit St Helena? Read about it here: Famous Visitors.

We have an interesting article about the genetic origins of St Helena’s freed slaves. See Slaves and slavery.

The clock on St. James’ Church wasn’t mentioned on the church’s page, but now it is, including the ‘falling weights’ tale (not to be missed!)

A special thank you to Robyn Sim for her wonderful sunset picture which (with her permission) we’ve used on Could you live here? with the title ‘Relax!’ We feel it sums up the St Helena lifestyle.

The rest are more technical changes, aimed at improving how Saint Helena Island Info looks, feels and operates… All are incorporated on our page About This Site.

Level 1 headings are now numbered, to make it easier to keep track of where you are on a page.

You can now select from several colour schemes to suit your needs and taste (still including HIGH CONTRAST for sight-impared users, which we introduced with the last release and have now improved). This enhancement also necessitated a change to the Control Icons (top, right) which are now cleaner and clearer.

We like to put lots of links into our pages (so you can easily refer elsewhere for more information) but with so many links the standard underline was too harsh and distracting, so we’ve made it a little less prominent.

If you click on a Footnote {1} or a Credit {a} you go to the bottom of the page. Now you can click on the marker there (e.g. {1} or {a}) to get back to where you were. The RETURN button is no longer needed and was not reliable so has been removed.

We have ceased testing on Internet Explorer™. Our reasons are given in a footnote to About This Site. If you still use IE we recommend you switch to Google Chrome™, Firefox™ or Opera™.

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30th October 2019

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We wondered why St. James’ Church had apparently American spelling on its altar. Now we know. See St. James’ Church for the answer.

Feeling homesick? If it might help, you can hear the Mynahs roosting in the Duke of Edinburgh Playground: Birds.

We’ve included a Gazetteer for St Helena, with all the significant places on St Helena and where to learn more. See Gazetteer.

Dot’s Cafe gets a mention on our Fishcakes, and other food page, with memories and an amusing story about her Sign. If you have stories to contribute about Dot and her Cafe please contact us.

The various ‘World xxx Day’s relevant to St Helena now feature on the most related page and a flash comes up on the actual day. For example, see Education.

Information about the 2020 ‘Cape to St Helena’ (Governor’s Cup) yacht race is beginning to emerge. What we already know is at The Governor’s Cup.

We have outline details on many community organisations here: Community Pages. If you represent one of these groups and want to upgrade to a free full page, please contact us.

Our Visitors page now doesn’t just indicate some tours you might take, it recommends some. See Visitor Information.

Congratulations to Kenickie Andrews on becoming Napoleon! Napoleonic Bicentenary.

And finally, our pages now have Easter Eggs - things that pop-up when you hover over a word or words with no prior clue that they’re there (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_egg_(media)). This is completely pointless but is a fun feature of many computer games and also, now, Saint Helena Island Info. Here’s one we will reveal: Go to Glossary and hover over the word establishments (first line). That’s how it works. Have fun searching for the others!

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25th September 2019

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Why is a Victorian ship’s bell used at St. Helena & The Cross church, founded in 1951? Read about it at Churches of St Helena.

In the 19th Century it was proposed that St Helena be a coaling station for steamships, even though St Helena has no coal - it would need to be brought here - on ships! See here: Industries.

According to a local tale there used to be Monkeys living in Half Tree Hollow. Early ‘Moncat’s? Read about them here: Myths Debunked!

Iris Blackstockings gets an Honourable Mention on Characters of St Helena.

Need to communicate a location to us? See Glossary.

We’ve increased the size of the images in our two main slideshows - see Slide Show and Slide Show, Historic.

And, for the record, Jonathan is a Tortoise, not a "turtle", but we may know why the mistake is made. See Jonathan the tortoise.

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27th August 2019

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Given the current drought you might be interested in St Helena’s Wet Decade, reported here: Weather and climate (and other pages).

We’ve improved our Comparative History page, brining it up to 1999; Comparative History (Royalty has also been improved).

Our Do they mean us? page now features some much older mis-representations of St Helena which are fun to see. See Do they mean us?.

We’ve provided information about the Dutch East India Company, which invaded and captured St Helena in 1672. See The East India Company.

If you need a high-contrast display there is now an icon in the Control Icons (top right) that sets or re-sets this. This is explained on page About This Site.

The site now uses What3Words locations for major locations, and we will progressively expand this across the site (it’s a major task so may require some time to complete). See Glossary to learn more.

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24th July 2019

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If you’ve spotted that St Helena is surrounded by many tiny islands you can read all about them on our new page Islands.

We discovered that ‘Raffles’ (of Singapore fame) was another of our Famous Visitors and also met Napoleon, his views on whom we report on Famous Visitors.

Our list of misbehaving clerics just got longer! See Titbits from the records.

Seek out the Crimes-of-the-week from 1982 here: Radio St Helena.

We now know definitively where the Sex Garage was/is. If you want to visit see Place Names.

Are Saints ‘Nationalistic’? We attempt an answer at Saints.

Bencoolen is a hill just south of the Airport. Why the strange name? See Place Names.

Again we’ve expanded our Glossary (Glossary) and we’ve restructured it to make things easier to find.

There are now interesting Read More articles on pages Whale Sharks and Maldivia Gardens and an additional one on Postage Stamps.

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26th June 2019

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We’ve radically enhanced our page Holidays and other festivals. It now calculates the dates for almost all future holidays and also includes ‘Block Leave’. Our page Easter Activities also gives the date for next Easter.

Our page Frequently Asked Questions had got up to 36 items, so we hived off all of the Can you help me with… questions to a new page Help With.

We’ve incorporated information on the Jacob’s Ladder Challenge into the page Jacob’s Ladder.

The Glossary now includes pubs/bars/clubs: Glossary.

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Older items can be found on the Page Updates History page.



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