After cross-training as a journalist 10+ years ago, Simon has been living and breathing news ever since. He would love to see more of the beautiful Island he lives on, but spends far too much time relaying the news of the Isle of Wight to the Islanders.

Isle of Wight NHS not sure how many fax machines they have ATM

fax machine

At the weekend, Matt Hancock MP, declared he would rid the NHS of fax machines by 2020, replacing them with the latest thing: email. OnTheWight finds out whether the Isle of Wight has 'Axed the Fax'.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 7:52am

By Simon Perry with 6 readers' comments

Gollum Brexit video ‘We wants it’ breaks 1 million views under two days

we wants it video

A video written and directed by Dominic Minghella, originally released on his Island Pictures Website, has become an online sensation. Watch here.

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018 9:19pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Why is Isle of Wight council spending £41k a year on Amazon? Better to spend locally says Island Labour

Amazon warehouse in Spain

Island Labour say that in 2015 the Isle of Wight council signed an accord with the Island Federation of Small Businesses which pledged to, where possible, use small businesses to provide goods and services, but in the last year they have spent £41,000 with Amazon.

Saturday, 8th December, 2018 11:09am

By Simon Perry with 16 readers' comments

Legal papers filed with High Court re Bembridge PC and 5/7 High St sale

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The long-running dispute that's been engulfing Bembridge for the last couple of years has now reached its next level of seriousness.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 12:51pm

By Simon Perry with 11 readers' comments

Isle of Wight-developed BAE SAMPSON radar system excels when 17 Russian jets showed ‘Brazen Hostility’ to HMS Duncan, Type 45 Destroyer

HMS Duncan exterior - Warship: Life at Sea - Channel 5 - Artlab Films - @mark_tatts on Twitter

This evening (Monday) you can watch the Isle of Wight-developed SAMPSON radar system protect the UK's most advanced warship, Type-45 Destroyer, against a raid on it by 17 Russian fighter aircraft.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018 1:07pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight Council’s Brexit plans … shrouded in mystery. Why? (Updated)

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Brexit is a time of uncertainty for all of us, be we supporters of it or not. Why isn’t Isle of Wight council providing reassurance at a local level?

Thursday, 15th November, 2018 7:01pm

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

In conversation with Dr John Cooper Clarke: OnTheWight Podcast

John Cooper Clarke

When a conversation starts, "No one has the imagination big enough to envisage the extent of Human evil ..." you know it's going to be an interesting chat. OnTheWight sat down exclusively with John Cooper Clarke this afternoon for a wide ranging discussion.

Monday, 12th November, 2018 6:38pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Be 1 in 1000 with this ‘Make Vectis Gurt Again’ Limited Edition T-shirt!

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This ‘Make Vectis Gurt Again’ Limited Edition T-shirt lets you wear your pride on your chest - while confusing the heck out of Mainlanders! Ideal for you, or a present for others.

Friday, 2nd November, 2018 6:59pm

By Simon Perry with 9 readers' comments

Details of Isle of Wight MP’s overseas trips and expenses so far

bobs vlog

There's a focus on paid-for overseas trips that MPs across the country have taken and who has paid for them. Here are the details of those declared by the Isle of Wight's MP to date.

Monday, 22nd October, 2018 2:05pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council creates rival to Floaty Finder and Ferry Spy

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IWC have created a duplicate of the pre-existing Ferry Spy and Floaty Finder services. Opening up choice for the public, or duplicating effort and expense? The choice is yours. OnTheWight has the details.

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018 8:58pm

By Simon Perry with 6 readers' comments

Latest Red Funnel ferry offer booklets missing required booking codes (Update 2)

Red Funnel offer codes are missing

The latest Red Funnel's offer booklets are falling on to Isle of Wight door mats this week - but for some at least, the all-important booking codes are missing. Does yours have them?

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 5:21pm

By Simon Perry

Isle of Wight Council launches ‘brand new’ idea 10 years after announcing exactly the same thing

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Cllr Ian Ward is "happy to support" the launch of a lift sharing service - one that was first revealed by a fellow Conservative during our Live coverage ... in 2008.

Thursday, 6th September, 2018 5:16pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments