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The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new.{a}

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A list of the pages that were updated in the most recent release of Saint Helena Island Info

Updated This Release

Daily usage is currently averaging around 5,500 pages from 1,500 visitors (45,000 ‘hits’) - 170GB of data per month. It was last updated on 25 June 2022.

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Recent Updates

Listed below are the principal changes in each release, in addition to which there are generally new and improved images, corrections and other minor improvements throughout the site.

Below: 25th June 202223rd May 202224th April 202226th March 202222nd February 202224th January 2022

25th June 2022

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The 2022 Wirebird Census results are now on our page The Wirebird.

We’ve expanded our page Before Discovery including information that suggests St Helena’s presence and possible location were known before João da Nova ‘discovered’ it in 1502.

The Clifford and George Benjamin Arboretums are now included on our page St Pauls. Relatedly, don’t confuse Whitewood with Whiteweed

The ‘Brick House is a curiosity because it was built with bricks(!) - most local houses are stone (older) or block-built (more recent). There is also a myth associated with it

Can you help with the Humbers Mystery? If so, please contact us.

We have another in our series on Edible Wild Plants.

Lastly, Governor Rushbrook left the territory on 20th June so we are now able to complete his entry in our table of past governors.

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23rd May 2022

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We have added a new page which reproduces articles, first published in The St Helena Sentinel, about plants that grow wild on St Helena and which are reputed to be good to eat and also sometimes to have properties beneficial to your health. See Edible Wild Plants.

The (UK) Daily Express has kindly contributed a new item for our Do they mean us? page. Enjoy!

Our page Ruperts has been updated with lots of new details, including the suggestion that Ruperts could be linked to Jamestown by a tunnel throught Mundens Hill.

And the flagpole at Signal House has finally been repaired. See it on our page Historic Buildings In Brief - Country.

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24th April 2022

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We’ve again removed some of the older items from our page Read articles about St Helena (Older), transferring the text to the blog Much Older St Helena Stuff. We are aware that this transfer does not include the images; it seems to be a limitation of the Blogger interface. If anycone can tell us about a workaround for this please contact us.

Google™’s API for a site-search still won’t work for us but we’ve found a work-around, so a link again appears in the Navigation section of each page - it just works differently.

The Social Media icon for Facebook™ has been removed because it no longer does anything{1}.

And again we’ve implemented some technical changes to make pages load faster.

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26th March 2022

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The fountain in Castle Gardens has been make-shift repaired so we were able to capture its splashing, and then it rained heavily in Jamestown so we captured the sound of that too. Both are also on our Sounds of St Helena page.

Ferdie Gunnell has written a piece for ‘The Parliamentarian’ - the magazine of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association - about the recent governmental changes on St Helena. Read it on our Government page.

We also have Craig Williams’ article about drone photography on our Photography and Read articles about St Helena pages.

We have removed the Google Translate™ option because it is no longer necessary; when modern browsers detect that a page is not in your home language they automatically offer a Translate option.

We have also removed the Google™ Search facility, but this may be re-instated in the future if we can figure out how to apply Google™’s new technology!

Finally we’ve fixed a few bugs in our Javascript - we hope they didn’t spoil your enjoyment of Saint Helena Island Info.

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22nd February 2022

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You can read the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s report on the 2021 General Election, which makes 12 recommendations for future operation of elections on St Helena, on our Government page.

We have more information on the restored Humber Super Snipe, including the discovery that there were actually two near-identical cars in immediate succession. See our page Classic Cars for more.

Ian Bruce’s article ‘Deceiving Bishop Welby’ talks about the shenanigans in the Church at the turn of the 19th/20th Century, and can be found on our page Churches of St Helena.

Easter Eggs (introduced in October 2019) have been removed - they slowed the site to no useful purpose.

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24th January 2022

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The future of St Helena’s Internet connectivity may not be the Submarine Fibre Optic Cables, as previously thought - it may instead be via the ‘Starlink’ and/or ‘OneWeb’ systems.

There is some evidence that Goldfish were bred here in the 18th Century, for export to the UK, and may even be the source of all the goldfish in the UK today. Read about what we know so far on our page Industries and contact us if you can help.

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

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MY SPILL CHUCKER

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Eye ran this poem threw it, I'm shore your pleased to no.
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Credits:
{a} Cato the Elder{2}{b} Anon

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Footnotes:
{1} The link used to be www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http://sainthelenaisland.info. We tried searching Facebook Help to see if anything had replaced it but, it seems, Facebook Help is an oxymoron. If you can help please contact us.{2} Who apparently also said If you allow them[women] to achieve complete equality with men, do you think they will be easier to live with? Not at all. Once they have achieved equality, they will be your masters.

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