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  Issue No. 2292 Online Edition Monday 30 November 2015 
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Ascension : From The Editor - Nicola
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 12.06.2014 (Article Archived on 03.07.2014)

It’s that delightful time of year when long weekends follows one after another.

Editor’s Comment

It’s that delightful time of year when long weekends follows one after another.  It’s that time when we can catch breath mid-way through the year before we speed our way towards the future.

Our homework on Friday was to find out what Whit Monday commemorated; after all it does seem a bit hypocritical to celebrate a holiday without knowing why.  Of course we all Googled it and we’re now better informed – Whit Monday is also known as Pentecost Monday, the day after Pentecost and is a Christian festival (not the full explanation, but it’s all I’m going to reveal).  One of my favourite memories is from my first visit to Paris, when everything was new, strange and exciting and walking to Sacré Coeur in Montmartre and joining hundreds of pilgrims sitting on the hill for a Pentecostal mass which was being held at the base.  It was a very moving experience at an impressionable time of my life and a memory that I will cherish forever; it was an overload of every cultural experience imaginable.

This week too sees the start of a month of football.  This is something that I am definitely not qualified to talk about and it occurred to me as I was compiling the TV Guide that football fans can follow the games almost continuously.  Again I have memories of various World Cups and I think of where I was at the time (and perhaps how I coped!).  The most memorable time has to be in 1994 just before St Helena officially had TV.  There was lots of testing going on and residents were picking up snippets of programmes here and there, surprisingly though the coverage of the World Cup football matches was consistent, on time and the reception was always great!

Have a great week!-



Name: Julia Lovatt         


Please would you be as kind to put a message of congratulations in the paper for Chris O Rourke from myself, for winning the football tournament. VC Team.

Many Thanks



Name: Gail Macbeth

Hello, I am writing just on the chance that someone on the Island may have known my parents Austin and Joy Adams. Sadly both have passed away Austin some years ago and Joy more recently this year. Austin worked for the B.B.C in the seventies and formed a group of men known as the pflummers (spelling not correct ) and Joy started the first Brownie troop on the island. I remember the island fondly as it was the happiest days of my youth. I use to love claiming the rocks of Buck Crater and walking up Green Mountain and Sisters Peak none of which I would attempt now. I would dearly love to come back for a visit...who knows it might just happen. The Garden cottage I remember that the O’Beys lived there and I think had something to do with the Critchleys, Mr Critchley being the Governor at the time.





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