How drink damages your skin!

How drink damages your skin!

Before you go and enjoy the Christmas and New Year think before you drink! With the party season upon us, hair and beauty salons will be working overtime to preen, pluck, primp and polish us all into our best vision of beauty. The irony is that many of us will

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Visiting Kandersteg

Visiting Kandersteg

During my many travel experiences, I consider myself fortunate to have come across, almost by accident, the beautiful Swiss village of Kandersteg, which lies close to the borders of the Kanton Valais, writes Terry Willey. Some 15 years ago, I had decided to book a holiday to Switzerland to see

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Building a future on gems from the past

Building a future on gems from the past

He’s weathered everything from early family break-up to homelessness, struggled with dyslexia and survived a tough six years in the Army – but Peter Smith is finally following his dream and running his own business – Shanklin Antiques. He tells Island Life how he got there, and his vision for

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Paramedic: 25 Years in the job

Paramedic: 25 Years in the job

From Saturday night cliffhangers on the BBC’s Casualty to the more gritty real-life rescue programmes and fly-on-the-wall documentaries – it seems that Britons have become obsessed with viewing scenes of life in the emergency services. But one man who knows all about it from the sharp end is former Island

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Groom Catherine plans for a more stable future

Groom Catherine plans for a more stable future

After a high-profile career that’s involved travelling the world, working for Royal riders and successful polo players and showjumpers, and generally hob-nobbing with the equestrian elite, top people’s groom Catherine Owen is back on Island soil – and working as a freelance groom. Turning 40 proves to be a milestone

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Remembering the Battle of Trafalgar

Remembering the Battle of Trafalgar

Guest writer Mark Fox continues with his series looking at different places of interest on the Island On the duver at St Helen’s stands the tower of St Helen’s Old Church. At about eye height near the base of the tower is a smallish plaque. It reads: ‘On Saturday 14th.

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Living the Dream as a Racehorse Owner

Living the Dream as a Racehorse Owner

Many people dream of owning a racehorse – but then bump up against the reality of the bank manager, or perhaps a partner who’d prefer to spend the money on a new conservatory or hot tub – before agreeing to invest in a four legged lawnmower.  Vectis Racing, a small

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A Wheely Good Time Had by All!

A Wheely Good Time Had by All!

The Isle of Wight Scooter Rally was another roaring success this year, attracting over 5,000 scooters to the event. Amongst the thousands of devoted scooterists were retirees Roy and Carol Eales, who travelled almost 250 miles to the Island from their home city of Sheffield, Yorkshire. Not that the couple

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