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The Islander - Thursday 06th March 2003

'Dangerous' Dave goes Fishing?

Photographed by 'Dangerous' Dave Hall

When invited to spend the day on 'Anromeda' as observers, we (myself and Platter) were quick to take up the offer of a day out on a luxurious boat with air conditioning, which cruises at 22 knots - as I said to Platter, 'it's just like my boat', he replied 'but much better' we both laughed. Not only that but there was the possibility of witnessing the ultimate fighting fish being caught - the Blue Marlin

The day was beautiful as it usually is on Ascension, and we were trawling lures at between 6 -7 knots towards North Point when we heard a small blue had been caught off Portland Point. We turned around and headed in that direction between 4 - 5 miles off-shore and it wasn't long before Andromedas got it's first strike.

The picture above shows the marlin, estimated at around 350 - 450 pounds trying to shake the lure. The whole fight only lasted about 10 minutes before the marlin was brought to the boat, where the fish was released unharmed to fight another day.

Many thanks to Zak, Matthias and Raiko for a great day out.

News From St. Mary's:

ASCENSION ISLAND (Diocese of St. Helena)

Rev. Brian Birchmore
Church Warden: Mervyn Isaacs
Church Warden: Cheryl Anthony


This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and by the time you read this, you will have had your pancakes and will be all prepared to walk that road.

"What are you giving up?" - that's the usual question when we talk about Lent! Someone asked me the other day what I was "giving up" and I replied "nothing!" Don't be shocked at your impious vicar, but you see I reckon that if we are going to be serious about the faith we profess, then maybe we should do something extra! By and large, if we give up cigarettes or alcohol we are doing it for ourselves - for our weight, our health or even our appearance. There are 70 million Anglicans around the world without the other larger or smaller Christian communities (Russian and Greek Orthodox, Copts,Roman Catholics, Baptists and Methodists and others) ........ if everyone of us spent just five minutes each day saying a prayer for peace, looking at that Bible sitting on the shelf, or even coming to church or speaking to someone you can't stand - then maybe Lent would be a more worthwhile exercise.
This year to assist you in doing something EXTRA, I have produced a Lent programme of discussions and addresses together with taking a look at some great Christians - past and present - to see what we can learn from their lives to help us with ours.

On Wednesdays at 8 pm at the Vicarage, we shall consider quite informally the subjects of Baptism and Confirmation, the Bible and the Church, the Sacraments and the Eucharist. This will be a sort of 'Refresher Course' for anyone and our Confirmation Candidates will join us for it.

On Sundays at our 10.30 am Eucharist, we shall think about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, St Patrick, St Cuthbert and Archbishop Oscar Romero.

On 30th March, we shall celebrate Mothering Sunday which will be our Family Eucharist at 10.30 am ...... Mothers might even get a flower!

The Holy Week services are in our Lent leaflet which gives full details of the whole programme and is available in the Church - do pick one up and come and join the crowds! You might be surprised.

Have an EXTRA good start to Lent

Fr Brian

Lessons for next Sunday: Genesis 9, 8 -17 and Mark 1, 9 -15


From the Editors:- Marie & Sherilyn Anthony

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Alan Gray, visiting researcher
(Edinburgh University), conducting
work for the USAF on Ascension
spurge, will give an illustrated talk

"The Endemic Plants of
Ascension Island"

At the Obsidian Hotel
Saturday 8th March, 8 pm.

All welcome

Pteris adscensionis - found only on Ascension, world population 150 plants

Grotto News
Thought for the Week

Reflecting on the readings this week, the mention of letters from God stands out. Living here on Ascension, so far from our families and friends, letters have a special meaning for us.

Sure, we keep in touch with our loved ones be mail and by telephone, but there is something special about receiving a letter. We all wait eagerly for the mail to be sorted on the day the plane arrives. I'm sure everyone is like me. The first thing you do is sort through your mail, setting aside the bills, the magazines, the requests for charitable donations, searching for a letter, that connection with those people we miss, the loved ones back home, the friends we've made in our travels far and wide.

A letter is special. It's easy to dial the phone (even considering the 30 plus numbers we have to put in using calling cards!); it's easy to click onto e-mail and type a quick message to a loved one. And being able to stay in close touch is a miracle of the technological age that our fellow islanders of 100 years ago weren't blessed with, and we are grateful for it.

But a letter. Knowing that someone took the time, and cared enough to actually take pen and paper in hand and write down their thoughts, their affections, their concern for us, is something extraordinary. And therefore it means so much to us. We can pick it up and reread it when we are feeling lonely or blue, so it's effect is long-lasting. We can pull it out of the drawer and get comfort from it long after we first received it.

God's written word is like these letters from home. Indeed that is exactly what they are. Letters from home, from our father. Words of advice, words of comfort, words of joy, words to live by. Letters we can reread time and time again, whenever we need inspiration and help in finding the right path to follow. Whenever we need reminding of God's plan for us and his expectations of us. Whenever we need comfort and consolation during our times of trial and grief. Whenever we need to find the strength to go on.

It is all there in his letters to us. The holy scriptures and the Gospels. We just have to remember to pull them out of the drawer, dust them off and read carefully, and with an open heart and joy in our soul. Listen carefully to his words. The answers are all there.

God bless us all, and let him open our ears and our hearts to his word.

Our friends of all faiths are invited to join us in our weekly service.

Shari Parkhill

The Good Breakfast Guide

Probably the most important meal of the day, breakfast is - literally - the breaking of the overnight fast. Although you have been sleeping, your body has been using energy to stay alive and carry out repairs. Breakfast is its chance to refuel.

Research reveals 2 interesting facts about breakfast

1. People who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight than those who regularly eat breakfast.

2. In tests, schoolchildren who ate breakfast regularly achieved higher grades at school than those who skipped the meal.

Try some of the following ideas for a healthy start to the day

1. Unsweetened muesli with fruit and semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, or….

2. Any high fibre cereal without added sugar - you can add currants or sultanas for a more healthy option, or….

3. Porridge with soft fruit such as raspberries, or…

4. Fruit juice, or….

5. Grilled tomatoes on wholemeal toast

Remember have a healthy breakfast See you next week, with tips for healthy lunches,

Sue (Midwife)




Awards Assembly

On Friday before we broke up we held our half-termly Awards Assembly. The following pupils received awards:

Shalane Thomas


Consistent progress in Maths and Language

Jaylee Crowie


Exceptional effort & achievement in Geography
Consistent effort in Science
Consistent and continued effort in Maths

Alex Thomas


Consistent effort in Geography
Excellent Achievement in Science
Understanding & Explanation in Maths

Rico Williams


Consistent effort in Geography
Consistent and continued effort in Maths

Sinead Green


Consistent effort in Geography

Angelo Moyce


Consistent and continued effort in Maths

Johah Williams
Katie Kettlewell
Charlotte Bones
Chelsea Thomas
Raiy Patterson
Luke Stroud
Alex Simon
Dean Reynolds
Jamie Williams
Kieran Yon


Good effort in Maths
Consistent effort in Maths
Understanding and using good strategies in Maths
Understanding and using good strategies in Maths
Understanding and using good strategies in Maths
Consistent progress in Literacy
Good progress in Maths
Good progress in Maths
Good progress in Maths
Consistent progress in Literacy

Suzanne Leo
Aiden King
Dayna Henry
Joe Thomas
Alec Lawrence
Jamie Thomas
Danielle Bennett
George Tasker
Mike Youde
Sophie Henshaw
Emily Henshaw
Keaton Crowie


Consistent effort and achievement in Numeracy
Excellent reading progress
Excellent reading progress
Good effort in Number work
Consistent good presentation of work in all areas
Good effort in written work
Good progress in Reading
Good progress in Reading
Consistent progress in reading
Consistent effort and achievement in all areas
Consistent effort and achievement in all areas
Settling well into Reception

We were once again pleased to see so many parents at the assembly supporting their children.



At the Awards Assembly, Richard White spoke to the pupils about the Whale and Dolphin week that the Conservation Office organised last week. As a result the pupils were offered the opportunity of making a 2-hour trip to sea to look for whales and dolphins.

A total of 44 pupils opted to take the trip and three trips were made. Unfortunately a fourth trip had to be cancelled because of the state of the sea. Although no whales were seen, some of the pupils were fortunate enough to see dolphins.

Our thanks go to the Conservation Officers and to the staff at the Agency, both those on shore and on the 'Wide-awake' who made these trips possible.


On Wednesday last week Mrs Wendy Joshua organised a holiday activity for members of the Junior Youth Club.

About twenty-five children attended the Youth Club from midday and as well as having their lunch, they took part in a series of craft activities. They had been asked to come in a hat that represented sea life and prizes were awarded for the best ones.
The prizewinners were:

Kyle Francis
Suzanne Leo
Euton Peters
Chelsea Thomas

After two hours at the Youth Club all the children were taken to the Two Boats pool for an hour's swimming.

The afternoon was a real success and thanks go to Wendy Joshua for organising the activity and to Jeannie Peters, Debbie Augustus, Sue Thomas, Kim Wyer, Colin Duncan, Kirsty Anthony, Daniel Thomas, Tracey Yon, Lesley Tasker and Marion Leo, all of whom helped.

That is all from the school this week but next week some of the children who attended the Youth Club activity will give you their impressions.

David Higgins

From the Constables Desk

First of all I would like to take this opportunity of welcoming Constable Frederick Wade to the Detachment.
Fred is no stranger to Ascension as in the past he has spent a considerable amount of years working for the civilian contractors. He is accompanied by his family and we wish them well for the future.

Since January and to date we have received and dealt with 15 reports. Four of these reports were of concern which are as follows: One report of causing harassment alarm and distress. A report of theft and a road traffic accident where the driver was over the legal limit. All three offenders in each of theses reports appeared before the Magistrate's Court.
On Saturday 1st March one male person was arrested for in breach of an Injunction Order under the Family Law Act. He appeared before the court that same day and remanded in custody for a period of 48 hours until his release on Monday.

Now onto Community Policing

What make a good community beat Officer?
An officer who is able to identify, maintain or improve liaison with local agency members, community groups, hard to reach groups, schools, councillors and any key players in his or her community. An officer who is able to communicate in the appropriate manner with any of the above.

Community policing is one of the main areas as a strategic objective. In order that we see this aim to be consistent with the needs of the general public we have divided our policing area into four locations. They are Georgetown, Two


Boats, Travellers Hill and the US Base.
These areas have been allocated to the constables, who are responsible for establishing the levels of crime and disorder problems in their area. Having established any problems they will then consult widely with the population of that area to make sure that the partnership's perception matches that of the local people. The aim is to identify problems with a long term solving approached. We devised a strategy containing measures to tackle those problems. This is to include targets. To date there a number of projects that have been initiated as a result of consulting with the public. These projects involves other agencies to assist us with finding the ultimate solution. They are reviewed from time to time for progress and the information on feed back is given to the recipient to give them reassurance of what has been done. To name a few of the projects which are as follows:
Residents of the area of the Georgetown hospital have complained of the unauthorised access road to the nearby homes created by vehicles, which have caused a nuisance by dust, noise and intrusion into their privacy. The Museum at Fort Hayes is a building which contains the islands historical interests. There are a number of residents in that same area which do not have the priviledges of street lighting.
The project of street lightening combines the two areas. To prevent crime from being committed on a building of interest and as a safety issue for the residents.

Timothy Leo

The Met Office Weather Report


Sorry, no weather report this week.


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Public Accounts Session

Its all about working together to achieve a common goal said
Chief Auditor, Mary Stewart

The Public Accounts Session is not just about putting Heads of Department on the stand to answer to Councillors; instead, Chief Auditor Mary Stewart sees it more as the two working towards a common goal. She said: "The session is intended to improve the way public moneys are collected and spent." Members of Legislative Council raise questions with a view to improving value for money, which is what Government and the people want.

The session allows Members to ask questions on the transactions during the year. This is achieved when Councillors look at Government's expenditure and income and after they study material from the Chief Auditor who will have highlighted areas where SHG could improve. The session also allows for Heads of Department and other relevant organisations to explain why certain money was put into particular areas. This information allows for better transparency and accountability, as managers explain and justify their actions.

The accounts of some non-government organisations are also assessed at the Public Accounts Session.

From past experience Mary said that Public Accounts Sessions work well when those participating are able to see that everyone is working towards a common goal and that the sessions can help to assist departments and the Government to achieve their goals.

Councillors are tasked with looking at the bigger issues of government spending and they raise questions on this. "They should make recommendations for improvement," said Mary. There might be a case where a department had planned to spend a certain amount of money in a particular area but over or under spending took place. The Head of Department is then given the opportunity to explain why this occurred and Councillors can decide whether the department could improve spending in the future.

Departments' accounts are audited by the Audit Department and it is not all about figures. "We have to be able to identify what is the root of the problem" said Mary. Audit identifies the problem and recommends how SHG or the non-government organisation could go about solving it. Mary said that departments and organisations agree with the majority of recommendations, but that it can be difficult for them to implement these recommendations, due to lack of resources in the form of employees, time and money.

Mary explained that during the Public Accounts Session policies are not discussed as there are separate forums for this. Instead Councillors look at the way in which policies are carried out, again with a view to determining whether the Island is getting value for money.

Public Relations/Information Office
Office of the Chief Secretary
26 February 2003

Hash Trash

Hash number: 942

Hares: The Major

Hounds: Mr. Bubbles, Baywatch Babe, Skipper, Mildew, Woodswrecker, Twin Peaks, Puff Grannie, Grim Reaper, Fluffy Bunnikins, Yeti, Predator, 100 Watt, Billy Graham, Pirate, Budweiser Belly, Slap Head, Titpecker, Buzz Lightyear, Chicken Hawk, Batman, Bart Simpson, Hardcore Heidi, Oh That Woman, Goat, Uncle Fester, Joker, Dick Head

A hot hash for sure this week. We all gathered at the old transmitter building at Butt Crater and then were transported down the road to the starting point. We were assured that the route was only 1.9 miles along the road but we knew better than think it would be that easy. The on-on had us heading off one way, but as usual a back arrow followed quickly. Most of the pack held back and were soon taking off in the right direction. The runners worked hard to catch up and regain the lead. Just don't seem to learn, do you, Titpecker?

Over a rough patch and down a tricky cliff into the gully we headed. Buzz Lightyear's little slip had a few of us catching our breath, not that he seemed concerned! It was hot, sunny, not a breath of wind with lots of rocks to scramble over. The Major kept assuring us that the tough going would get better after the next climb. It hasn't taken Mildew long to catch on to him. What was that comment about Pinocchio's nose?

As we trekked on through Death Valley dodging the piles of bones we reveled in the shady circle checks. Of course each one was followed by even more climbing! Thank heavens a few of the gentlemen were kind enough to help pull the shorter hashers (no names necessary!) up over a few of the more difficult spots. Thanks Slap Head, Predator and the rest. Then there were the few who just had to tease the short folks with their long-legged leaps up and over the rocks. Payback for the short people hash last week, Yeti? Billy Graham was spotted taking an unscheduled shade break, which made the front-runners soaking up the shade at the next circle check happy. More time to cool off!

As promised by the Major, we eventually made it to the final circle check where the route would split, one for the runners, the other for the rest of the tired folks! Of course, that was followed by another route change. A few walkers headed back up the road, while the rest headed a little ways along towards a cliff. Of course at the top lay another back arrow, and back down we headed. The runners headed off across the road towards Green Mountain while the rest followed the earlier troop along the road. The Grim Reaper, looking even more grim than usual, Fluffy Bunnikins and a few others were spotted hitching a ride with 100 Watt, who had sat out the hash, after convincing the group he was injured with a rather impressive looking bandage on his leg! A few hardier souls were even spotted attempting a spurt of energy with a jog. Not that it lasted for long!

Back at the building we all reveled in cold drinks while we waited smugly for the runners to make it back. As always, good food followed, thanks to the Major and Hardcore Heidi. Everyone had a nice relaxing time, except for the little hashers who decided to head off towards the mountain with their boundless energy. Setting the next hash, guys? The circle of friendship was drawn yet again and we welcomed two new sorry souls. Rob was christened Joker, and Barry was named by his mate Slap Head. He will now be known as Dick Head. Anyone see a pattern here? Welcome to the world of hashing here on Ascension. Great hash, Major. Thanks again.

Next week: B-14, Two Boats
Hares: Mr. Bubbles & Baywatch Babe

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