Operation PLUTO: the Island’s key wartime role

The Island’s role in one of the Second World War’s most extraordinary secret projects has been underlined after the recent award of Grade II listed status to a Browns Golf Course pavilion which played a crucial role in the enterprise and is now a building of special historical interest.
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Time to tend your lawn

After that unexpected, and unwanted cold snap that hit the Island throughout March, I guess we can now expect a few inevitable April showers, but hopefully also some sunny days, as our gardens continue to spring into life.

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On the beach but always reaching for the stars

But while setting out the chairs and taking money from relaxing holidaymakers, John invariably had other things on his mind. Even though he may not have realised it at the time, he was taking the first steps towards becoming one of the world’s most talented design engineers.

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Loving yourself… like a three year old

My three-year-old son was recently proclaiming his love for all things, from his little brother to his new shoes when he less than quietly announced (we were in public at the time) ‘I love myself mum, do you love yourself?’. I’m more used to being faced with questions about

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Chris returns to boost Ventnor

Chris Russell is one of only seven Islanders to have played first class cricket over the past 90 years. The Wroxall youngster, who spent nine seasons as a fast bowler with Worcestershire, has now returned to his home soil to skipper, and hopefully revitalise Ventnor, our only Southern League club.

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Running In The Family… or not!

So far in life I have proudly resisted the urge to join the throng of leisure-wear sporting folk who claim to enjoy running. Don’t get me wrong, I’m usually happy to embrace a new fad, especially if it gives me an excuse to buy ‘totally essential’ new clothing or gadgets. But I have always viewed running as a necessary evil reserved only for when the last ferry is about to leave without you.
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