Isle of Wight Opinion Pieces

OnTheWight is run on journalistic principles of honesty, transparency and balance. Every so often, there will be a subject or issue that the editors or contributors wish to share that reflects their personal opinion.

These Isle of Wight opinion pieces will be clearly marked as such. We believe their inclusion adds to the diversity of content available to readers.

Vaccines. An exploration of Social Media claims of what they do and don’t contain

influenza vaccine by CDC

Richard has been concerned at posts on Social Media about some of the claimed ingredients of vaccines. Here he explores some of them, laying out his findings

Sunday, 31st May, 2020 3:07pm

By Richard Cattle with 2 readers' comments

Find out more about ‘The Dinosaur On Your Window Sill’

Dinosaur and bird illustration from Dinosaur on Your Window Sill Group

Neil Gostling has set up a wonderful Group on Facebook - run by academics and nature enthusiasts - where you can post photos of things you've seen in the natural world and someone will be able to tell you what it is and more

Sunday, 17th May, 2020 9:45am

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Jonathan Dodd: A glimpse of a possible future

welcome to the future sign

Jonathan returns with his Sunday column and this week ponders what life will be like after lockdown. As always, a great long read

Sunday, 10th May, 2020 12:32pm

By Jonathan Dodd with 3 readers' comments

In light of Coronavirus outbreak, helpful advice on ‘how everyone can to do their part’

Women washing hands in white sink good suds

This advice from a reader (who we know that does thorough research) could be helpful if you are finding it hard to convince friends of the seriousness of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak

Monday, 16th March, 2020 1:04pm

By Anonymous

Jonathan Dodd: Of Tunnels and Poles, Greasy or otherwise

Cu chi tunnel - vietnam

Jonathan returns with his Sunday column and this week shares what it's like when your world is consumed by darkness and it's a struggle to find the light

Sunday, 15th March, 2020 1:04pm

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Jonathan Dodd: Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

Aron and Titus of Jan Vos by Pieter van Steenwyck

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week explores how we measure the quality and beauty of art. As always, a great long read

Sunday, 8th March, 2020 11:58am

By Jonathan Dodd with 2 readers' comments

Keep your eye out for any possible new Banksy artworks on the Isle of Wight

banksy's our future mural

Last time Banksy was reported as creating an artwork in Southampton, he also shared the love on the Isle of Wight, so keep your eyes peeled and grab a photo if you see any new pieces here

Monday, 2nd March, 2020 12:40pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: But Is It Funny?

funny person wearing opticians glasses

It's been a while, but we're very pleased to welcome Jonathan Dodd back this week, as he shares his thoughts about humour, laughter and how it makes us feel

Sunday, 1st March, 2020 11:08am

By Jonathan Dodd with 5 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: The Real Sound of Christmas

robin redbreast on a branch in the snow

Jonathan Dodd shares a message of consolation with his latest Christmas story

Sunday, 15th December, 2019 9:49am

By Jonathan Dodd

Jonathan Dodd: Once more unto the Polling Station!

Painting by Eugene Delacroix - Le 28 Juillet. La Liberte guidant le peuple

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column, just in time for the fourth General Election in less than ten years. Read what he has to say on the subject

Sunday, 8th December, 2019 10:27am

By Jonathan Dodd with 11 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Hard work and honesty

Plan A and Plan B crossed out, underlined Plan C

Jonathan returns with his Sunday column and this week he explores the subject of planning. As always, a great long-read

Sunday, 17th November, 2019 12:49pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Jonathan Dodd: Once More Unto the Breach

lego characters - once more unto the breach

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week he shares his views about the subject on everyone's lips - the election

Sunday, 3rd November, 2019 12:16pm

By Jonathan Dodd with 15 readers' comments