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

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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.

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26th April 2021

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As with previous updates, if you’re interested in how the global Covid-19 pandemic has affected St Helena we’ve summarised the main aspects to date on our page A Brief History.

We have revised our page Government in accordance with the new ‘Ministerial form of Government’, as best we understand it, though as it seems many of the finer details still remain to be worked out this page will remain subject to change. Also please note that the new system does not actually come into force until after the next General Election, expected August 2021.

Why do cars visiting Jamestown go all the way to the Wharf to turn around? See our page Ghost Stories of St Helena to find out.

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25th March 2021

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As with previous updates, if you’re interested in how the global Covid-19 pandemic has affected St Helena we’ve summarised the main aspects to date on our page A Brief History.

We’ve added Yoga to our Sport on St Helena page because we now have qualified local yoga instructors.

There’s an update on the Governance Reform process on our page Government and an update on the sell-off of our fishing industry on our page Fish Processing.

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23rd February 2021

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As with previous updates, if you’re interested in how the global Covid-19 pandemic has affected St Helena we’ve summarised the main aspects to date on our page A Brief History.

We have a fascinating new contribution for our Memories page - from a VSO teacher in 1966/7. His experience of St Helena adds an interesting perspective to the other stories. How much of what he says remains true today? See Memories of St Helena.

The 2021 Wirebird Census results show another year of decline in total numbers but there is hope for the future. See The Wirebird.

We have further information on the shape of the Fort of St. John - a painting from 1705 showing no triangular buildings.

Just when we thought nobody was writing Blogs anymore a new one arrives! See Blogs.

There’s an interesting new video about Jonathan, on his page.

We’ve improved the way the annual-events data is presented on our pages On This Day, In This Week, In This Month and This Year.

You can see and download the island’s official tourist map for 2021 from our page Maps of St Helena.

All current dates & times on this site are now displayed as St Helena time (GMT). This means you are seeing St Helena as it actually is; as if you are here. Depending on where you are in the world, at certain times of (your) day your date may be different from St Helena’s. This is intentional.

The alerts for people who don’t activate Javascript have been removed. Nobody these days turns off Javascript - in most modern browsers it isn’t even possible. If you do turn off Javascript the site simply won’t work properly, but then neither will most others…

There is a fascinating article about the history and origins of our place names on our page Place Names.

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30th January 2021

This is a technical update that fixes a few minor issues with the 26 January release.

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26th January 2021

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As with previous updates, if you’re interested in how the global Covid-19 pandemic has affected St Helena we’ve summarised the main aspects to date on our page A Brief History.

Was the original Fort of St. John really triangular, as it is usually drawn? Maybe not. See What shape was the fort, and where exactly was it?.

We know why The Cannister (the building at the top of Main Street which houses the Tourist Office and the Arts & Crafts Centre), is spelt with a double-n. See our page Glossary.

We have two new pages. You can learn more about how St Helena is seen on Social Media on our new page Social Media. There is also now a calendar, featuring the facts and events of the current year, on our new page This Year.

Lastly, there are lots of technical changes that should make pages load faster on a slower Internet connection.

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15th December 2020

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As with previous updates, if you’re interested in how the global Covid-19 pandemic has affected St Helena we’ve summarised the main aspects to date on our page A Brief History.

Our new pages St Helena in World War 1 and St Helena in World War 2 summarise St Helena’s involvement in the world’s biggest conflicts of the 20th Century.

Related to World War 1, thanks to Eric Constantine we now have a photograph of the unveiling of the Bridge Memorial Clock.

The enslaved usually only appear in the Records where they fell foul of the law, but Toby was an exception. Read about him on our other new page.

We’ve added two videos to the page The Flax Industry. One describes the industry in 1962; the other describes the attempted revival in the mid-1980s. On the page Building St Helena Airport we’ve added a video showing the First Fixed-Wing Plane landing.

John Coyle has kindly shared some high-quality colour photographs of St Helena in the late 1960s, which we have included on various pages.

There’s an interesting new German map of St Helena on the Maps page Maps of St Helena which has a unique (wrong!) shape for the island and a nice drawing of Jamestown. There’s also another new map from 1683, also with the wrong shape for the island!

Read about the card game Napoleonplayed while he was here: Napoleon at St Helena.

You can now go Go-Karting on St Helena…

Finally a quick ‘Did you know…?’: There are quite a few places in the world called St Helena (or some variation thereof), but our island has the distinction of being the original! Our St Helena was discovered and named in 1502. The places in America and Australia now called St Helena were all not named such until the 19th Century, at least 300 years after we claimed the name…

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