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  Issue No. 2236 Online Edition Friday 31 October 2014 
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Ascension : From The Editor - Nicola
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 22.05.2014 (Article Archived on 05.06.2014)

Wednesday, 21 May is St Helena Day and Saints all around the world will either celebrate the day or will stop and remember this special island, which like Ascension, is a mere speck in a vast ocean.

Editor’s Comment


Wednesday, 21 May is St Helena Day and Saints all around the world will either celebrate the day or will stop and remember this special island, which like Ascension, is a mere speck in a vast ocean. 


To Saints, St Helena is a ‘sister island’ of Ascension and its ties with the island go back a long way.  When we were growing up our families went to work ‘down Ascension’ and it seemed like an extension of our island.  No matter that both islands have completely different agendas, communities and environments, Ascension seemed like it was a part of St Helena.


It’s always wonderful as well when employees from other countries working here on Ascension make the trip to St Helena.  First you have the wonderful boat trip, which in itself is an adventure, then the experience of meeting the people of the island, some old friends and some new friends.  And then there’s the experience of discovering the island.  It’s an experience that remains for a long time to come.


St Helena is such a special place, while it doesn’t have the obvious attractions that Ascension has to offer, i.e., almost year-round sunshine, golden beaches, it has a cultural offering that is not to be missed.  It is steeped with history, strewn with military fortifications and has unrivaled views and walks. 


Of course St Helena is best known as the place of exile of the Emperor Napoleon and where he spent the last few years of his life.  Next year will be the 200th anniversary of his exile in 1815 and probably an excellent time to visit the island.  The Napoleonic sites on the island are wonderful treasures, both for the French Government and for the people of St Helena.


But there’s more to the island - we have Jonathan who is probably the most famous St Helenian resident.  At 180+ years, our giant tortoise has lived through many times and been around for many changes.  The hugest change though is the construction of the airport at Prosperous Bay Plain; ironically one of the flattest areas on the island, it has still involved a mammoth task of filling in a whole valley!  There are many conflicting views about the airport, lots of them negative, some of them positive.  There’s a fear of change and a difficulty to see a future beyond the present.  But one thing is certain momentum is gathering speed and Saints all over the world are being caught up in the biggest project in our island’s history.  There’s a buzz and even 700 miles away we can feel the ripples.


May 21st 2014 is the 512th anniversary of the discovery of St Helena.  Happy St Helena Day to St Helenians on Ascension, St Helena, around the world and to those who carry this special island in their hearts!                   Nicola


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ADF CAKE STALL


Donations for the tea and cake stall can be dropped off at the Vicarage by 11.00am on Saturday, 31 May.


Get creative, get out those cake pans and donate to a worthy case!


 

 

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