History UsefulNotes / IsleOfWight

18th Apr '16 11:35:16 AM DarcyFoster
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Anyway, continuing the Island’s traditional use of old rolling stock, the current trains are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_483 1938 London Underground Stock]][[/note]] Almost fifty years old ''before'' they crossed the Solent between 1989-92 [[/note]] due to clearance problems on the tunnel in Ryde. Now owned directly by Island Line and a bit of an enthusiast line, with trains running in a version of their original livery, There is also Isle of Wight Steam Railway, running from Smallbrook Junction to Wootton Bridge. Owns the last of the second-hand Island steam trains named Calbourne (an LSWR [=O2=]) and some ex-WD locomotives and a load of Island carriages (also second-hand. That is a theme for the Islands railways - nothing’s new).

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Anyway, continuing the Island’s traditional use of old rolling stock, the current trains are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_483 1938 London Underground Stock]][[/note]] Stock]][[note]] Almost fifty years old ''before'' they crossed the Solent between 1989-92 [[/note]] due to clearance problems on the tunnel in Ryde. Now owned directly by Island Line and a bit of an enthusiast line, with trains running in a version of their original livery, There is also Isle of Wight Steam Railway, running from Smallbrook Junction to Wootton Bridge. Owns the last of the second-hand Island steam trains named Calbourne (an LSWR [=O2=]) and some ex-WD locomotives and a load of Island carriages (also second-hand. That is a theme for the Islands railways - nothing’s new).
5th Apr '15 12:56:09 PM karstovich2
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* Ventnor: Another resort, this time on the South of the Island. Built on the side of St. Boniface Down, the highest hill on the Island. Has been somewhat run-down since the railway station shut in the late [=1960s=], but is now slowly being regenerated by cafes and antique shops. Known for the Radar Station on the Down, which was attacked during the Battle of Britain. Famous visitors have included Music/EdwardElgar, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx Karl Marx]] and WinstonChurchill.

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* Ventnor: Another resort, this time on the South of the Island. Built on the side of St. Boniface Down, the highest hill on the Island. Has been somewhat run-down since the railway station shut in the late [=1960s=], but is now slowly being regenerated by cafes and antique shops. Known for the Radar Station on the Down, which was attacked during the Battle of Britain. Famous visitors have included Music/EdwardElgar, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx Karl Marx]] and WinstonChurchill. The resort was at one point in the 19th century so famous that when a new resort town was opened on the [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey Jersey shore]] in 1889 immediately south of Atlantic City, they named it Ventnor City.



* Yarmouth: The biggest ‘town’ in West Wight. Is known as the home of one end of the Yarmouth-Lymington ferry, Yachting, a Fort and a few shops.

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* Yarmouth: The biggest ‘town’ in West Wight. Is known as the home of one end of the Yarmouth-Lymington ferry, Yachting, a Fort and a few shops. Of minor significance to Americans: the "Winthrop Fleet" that brought the Puritan founders of Boston from England in 1630 sailed out of Yarmouth. As a result, it lent its name to a few much larger settlements in the New World.
23rd Mar '15 5:01:35 PM Exxolon
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The Isle of Wight is an Island off the South Coast of England, approximately diamond shaped in form and can only be accessed by Ferry (mostly, and see below about that). Once its own Kingdom for short time, now a full part of the United Kingdom--and of England, of which it is a county (it was historically part of [[UsefulNotes/HomeCounties Hampshire]]). Its major industry is tourism and has been known as a holiday destination since the Victorian Era. Also known for its fossils, many which have come up in the West Wight, on the Western side of the Island.

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The Isle of Wight is an Island off the South Coast of England, approximately diamond shaped in form and can only be accessed by Ferry (mostly, and see below about that). Once its own Kingdom for short time, now a full part of the United Kingdom--and of England, of which it is a county (it was historically part of [[UsefulNotes/HomeCounties Hampshire]]). Its major industry is tourism and has been known as a holiday destination since the Victorian Era. Also known for its fossils, many which have come up in the West Wight, on the Western side of the Island.
Island. The isle has a small population of around 140,000, roughly the same as a small city such as Oxford (more people live in the nearby city of Portsmouth than on the isle itself).
29th Dec '14 11:46:59 AM TheUnsquished
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As well as receiving the regional [[Creator/TheBBC BBC South]] and [[Creator/ITV ITV Meridian]] television and national and regional radio stations, the Isle of Wight has its own local newspapers and radio, which differ in some ways from the mainland:

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As well as receiving the regional [[Creator/TheBBC BBC South]] and [[Creator/ITV [[Creator/{{ITV}} ITV Meridian]] television and national and regional radio stations, the Isle of Wight has its own local newspapers and radio, which differ in some ways from the mainland:
29th Dec '14 11:41:36 AM TheUnsquished
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As well as receiving the regional [[TheBBC BBC South]] and [[Creator/ITV ITV Meridian]] television and national and regional radio stations, the Isle of Wight has its own local newspapers and radio, which differ in some ways from the mainland:

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As well as receiving the regional [[TheBBC [[Creator/TheBBC BBC South]] and [[Creator/ITV ITV Meridian]] television and national and regional radio stations, the Isle of Wight has its own local newspapers and radio, which differ in some ways from the mainland:
27th Nov '14 5:05:08 PM mjlush
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* Ventnor: Another resort, this time on the South of the Island. Built on the side of St. Boniface Down, the highest hill on the Island. Has been somewhat run-down since the railway station shut in the late [=1960s=], but is now slowly being regenerated by cafes and antique shops. Known for the Radar Station on the Down, which was attacked during the Battle of Britain. Famous visitors have included Edward Elgar, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx Karl Marx]] and WinstonChurchill.

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* Ventnor: Another resort, this time on the South of the Island. Built on the side of St. Boniface Down, the highest hill on the Island. Has been somewhat run-down since the railway station shut in the late [=1960s=], but is now slowly being regenerated by cafes and antique shops. Known for the Radar Station on the Down, which was attacked during the Battle of Britain. Famous visitors have included Edward Elgar, Music/EdwardElgar, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx Karl Marx]] and WinstonChurchill.
27th Nov '14 4:43:12 PM mjlush
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* Shanklin: A seaside resort on the East coast of the Island. Known for the Old Village and Shalklin Chine, one end of a PLUTO pipeline used after [[WorldWarII D-Day]].

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* Shanklin: A seaside resort on the East coast of the Island. Known for the Old Village and Shalklin Chine, one end of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Pluto PLUTO pipeline pipeline]] used after [[WorldWarII D-Day]].
17th Nov '14 4:00:57 AM Patachou
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** East Cowes is the smaller counterpart the other side of the river. Despite not much being there, it has a few claims to fame -- it was where the first hovercraft was built and tested (in a hangar which is still there). It is also the location of the Red Funnel ferry terminal. Also Obsourne House -- one of QueenVictoria's favourite residences is nearby.

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** East Cowes is the smaller counterpart the other side of the river. Despite not much being there, it has a few claims to fame -- it was where the first hovercraft was built and tested (in a hangar which is still there). It is also the location of the Red Funnel ferry terminal. Also Obsourne House -- one of QueenVictoria's UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria's favourite residences is nearby.
23rd Aug '14 10:04:50 AM elemt
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* In ''{{Warhammer}}'' the Isle of Wight''s'' off the coast of [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Albion]] is a play on this, with its qualities adjusted for the IncrediblyLamePun; it's full of [[OurWightsAreDifferent wights]].
21st Jul '14 8:13:31 AM Greenmantle
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An old joke asks, "Where can you find cows you can't milk, freshwater you can't drink, needles you can't thread and a ride you can't ride?" - a series of IncrediblyLamePuns on Isle of Wight place names. (Several variants and extensions of this exist.)

!! The Seven Wonders

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An old joke asks, "Where can you find cows you can't milk, freshwater fresh water you can't drink, needles you can't thread and a ride you can't ride?" - a series of IncrediblyLamePuns [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Puns]] on Isle of Wight place names. (Several variants and extensions names, much beloved of this exist.)

older postcards..

!! The Seven WondersWonders:



* Newport: The ‘Capital’ of the Island, home to Isle of Wight Council and most of the major shopping chains. And traffic. Has an infamous roundabout called Coppins Bridge, known for traffic delays and being one end of The Dual Carriageway -- all half-a-mile of it.

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* Newport: The ‘Capital’ "Capital" of the Island, home to Isle of Wight Council and most of the major shopping chains. And traffic. Has an infamous roundabout called Coppins Bridge, Bridge[[note]] More or less the centre of the Island's road network [[/note]], known for traffic delays and being one end of The Dual Carriageway -- all half-a-mile of it.



!! The Other Places
* Shanklin: A seaside resort on the East coast of the Island. Known for the Old Village the Chine and for being one end of a PLUTO pipeline used after [[WorldWarII D-Day]].

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!! The Other Places
Towns & Villages:
* Shanklin: A seaside resort on the East coast of the Island. Known for the Old Village the Chine and for being Shalklin Chine, one end of a PLUTO pipeline used after [[WorldWarII D-Day]].



* Ventnor: Another resort, this time on the South of the Island. Built on the side of St. Boniface Down, the highest hill on the Island. Has been somewhat run-down since the railway station shut in the late 1960s, but is now slowly being regenerated by cafes and antique shops. Known for the Radar Station on the Down. Famous visitors have included Edward Elgar, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx Karl Marx]] and WinstonChurchill.

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* Ventnor: Another resort, this time on the South of the Island. Built on the side of St. Boniface Down, the highest hill on the Island. Has been somewhat run-down since the railway station shut in the late 1960s, [=1960s=], but is now slowly being regenerated by cafes and antique shops. Known for the Radar Station on the Down.Down, which was attacked during the Battle of Britain. Famous visitors have included Edward Elgar, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx Karl Marx]] and WinstonChurchill.



* Yarmouth: The biggest ‘town’ in West Wight. Has one end of the Yarmouth-Lymington ferry, Yachting, a Fort and a few shops.
* Bembridge: The place at the other end of the Island from Yarmouth. Also has boats (and Houseboats), the Airport and a Hovercraft Factory.

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* Yarmouth: The biggest ‘town’ in West Wight. Has Is known as the home of one end of the Yarmouth-Lymington ferry, Yachting, a Fort and a few shops.
* Bembridge: The place at the other end of the Island from Yarmouth. Also has boats (and Houseboats), the Airport largest of the two current airports on the Island and a Hovercraft Factory.hovercraft factory.



Once on the Island, Southern Vectis are the major bus operator covering most of the Island. Owned by the Newcastle-based Go-Ahead Group from 2006, SVOC is an expensive - and the only - bus service on the Island (as it has been since the 1970s). Despite the high fares, Southern Vectis actually has a more modern fleet than most of the country, and is well-regarded in the industry for it's publicity, and for running buses even on Christmas Day.

And by Rail? A lot less than before Beeching (but even before then lines were being closed), the Island’s Rail Network is down to one line between Ryde Pier Head (yes, trains on the Pier) and rumbling down the Eastern coast of the Island to Shanklin. The line used to go down to Ventnor and into a rather unique station, but that was closed in 1966.

Anyway, continuing the Island’s traditional use of old rolling stock, the current trains are 1938 London Underground Stock due to clearance problems on the tunnel in Ryde. Now owned directly by Island Line and a bit of an enthusiast line, with trains running in a version of their original livery, There is also Isle of Wight Steam Railway, running from Smallbrook Junction to Wootton Bridge. Owns the last of the second-hand Island steam trains named Calbourne (an LSWR O2) and some ex-WD locomotives and a load of Island carriages (also second-hand. That is a theme for the Islands railways - nothing’s new).

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Once on the Island, Southern Vectis are the major bus operator covering most of the Island. Owned by the Newcastle-based Go-Ahead Group from 2006, SVOC is an expensive - and the only - bus service on the Island (as it has been since the 1970s). [=1970s=]). Despite the high fares, Southern Vectis actually has a more modern fleet than most of the country, and is well-regarded in the industry for it's its publicity, and for running buses even on Christmas Day.

And by Rail? A lot less than before the Beeching Cuts (but even before then lines were being closed), the Island’s Rail Network is down to one line between Ryde Pier Head (yes, trains on the Pier) and rumbling down the Eastern coast of the Island to Shanklin. The That line used to go down to Ventnor and into a rather unique station, station built halfway up the side of St. Boniface Down, but that was closed in 1966.

Anyway, continuing the Island’s traditional use of old rolling stock, the current trains are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_483 1938 London Underground Stock Stock]][[/note]] Almost fifty years old ''before'' they crossed the Solent between 1989-92 [[/note]] due to clearance problems on the tunnel in Ryde. Now owned directly by Island Line and a bit of an enthusiast line, with trains running in a version of their original livery, There is also Isle of Wight Steam Railway, running from Smallbrook Junction to Wootton Bridge. Owns the last of the second-hand Island steam trains named Calbourne (an LSWR O2) [=O2=]) and some ex-WD locomotives and a load of Island carriages (also second-hand. That is a theme for the Islands railways - nothing’s new).



And the roads? Apart from a few main roads, and 1/2 mile of dual carriageway in Newport, it’s good to remember that ''Island Roads are Different''[[note]]mostly because they are narrow and are full of holes[[/note]].

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And the roads? Apart from a few main roads, and 1/2 mile of dual carriageway in Newport, it’s good to remember that ''Island Roads are Different''[[note]]mostly because they are narrow and are full of holes[[/note]].
holes, although a PFI is making a good effect at fixing the problems[[/note]].

!! Media:

As well as receiving the regional [[TheBBC BBC South]] and [[Creator/ITV ITV Meridian]] television and national and regional radio stations, the Isle of Wight has its own local newspapers and radio, which differ in some ways from the mainland:
!!! Newspaper:
''The'' major local newspaper is the ''Isle of Wight County Press'', published every Friday since 1884 and read by an estimated 90% of the Island's adult population, after seeing off all competitors. Formally a broadsheet, it moved to a compact format in 2008. Other more local newspapers are produced.
!!! Radio:
The local radio station is unsurprisingly, ''Isle of Wight Radio''. Founded in 1990 as a locally-owned station, it bounced around several corporate owners[[note]] Including GWR, which later became GlobalRadio [[/note]] until it was brought out by local interests in 2009. Quite a successful station that has won many industry awards, it plays a variety of popular music, old and new.



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