Happy new year to all Save Vestas supporters! Let’s hope 2010 sees us making progress toward renewable energy, green jobs, and a safe and prosperous life for all.
On a light-hearted note, I thought I would share some snippets from a book I got at Christmas, Isle of Wight to Get Ceefax by John O’Farrell. This was published in 2008 and is based on the satirical website NewsBiscuit. They have a whole category on their front page devoted to Isle of Wight News.
For those who don’t know, the Isle of Wight is an island off the south coast of England – but, of course, it is English as well! Just a bit, well, quieter. People – including Islanders – make jokes about the slow pace of life there. This year the Island was the site of the Vestas workers’ occupation of their wind turbine blade factory, threatened with closure. For a while, it was the eye of a national storm over how the UK government would deliver the renewable energy and the jobs we need when it was not prepared to step in and stop the factory from closing.
The occupation was an international news story as well, the workers winning interest and support from enviromental and labour campaigners around the world. One of the occupiers, Ian Terry, spoke at the demonstration outside the recent disastrous Copenhagen Climate Conference.
Enough cackle. The Save Vestas website will continue as does the Vestas saga in 2010. Funny ‘stories’ are below. Happy new year!
Isle of Wight to Get Ceefax
Residents of the Isle of Wight are excited that the information revolution is about to hit the island with the arrival of the BBC’s up-to-the-minute information service Ceefax.
By pressing different coloured buttons on their television remote controls, local residents will be able to get instant weather and travel information, recipes, horoscopes and more.
‘I can’t believe that the information revolution can go any further than this,’ said Arnold Harrison, 76.
Isle of Wight iPod factory ‘never stood a chance’
Attempts to turn the Isle of Wight into an economic powerhouse and a global manufacturing centre to rival the Republic of China have foundered with the closure of Shanklin’s only iPod factory.