New Year’s Resolutions

It's the new year, and we all know what that means. You're deep in a well of post-Christmas shame and it's time to turn over a new leaf. To be the best version of you. Of course, only about 8% of people actually succeed with their new years resolution so perhaps you'll have to settle for being a sub-par version...

Christmas Songs – Crimes against music

Opinion Christmas songs are perhaps the main reason Christmas is the worst time of the year. They are typically cynical cash grabs lacking in any creativity and, in a perfect world, would be deleted from the public consciousness by some sort of mind laser. If you've been overcome by mawkish sentimentality and the liberal use of sleigh bells that is Christmas songs, check...

Christmas not for you? Here is a survival guide to get past the tinsel and tat

I believe it was Band Aid who once said: “It’s Christmas.” Powerful words. Words that make you think. It is Christmas. If you’re what the festive enthusiasts call a “Scrooge”, Christmas is an arduous slog that pushes your mind and body to breaking point for six weeks every year. You’re going to come up against some serious challenges, and you’re going to need...

OPINION: Why I’m devastated Bestival is leaving the Isle of Wight

If you're a young person on the Island, it's likely you were rudely awakened by the worst news imaginable: Bestival is moving from the Island. This morning, Rob da Bank and co announced the festival was setting sail from Robin Hill to Lulworth Estate in Dorset — the home of sister event, Camp Bestival. Hurt and betrayed, I dragged myself into...

Blogging tips from an Isle of Wight woman who has dominated the fashion blog market with the hit website En Brogue

Ever read En Brogue for all those juicy flat shoe fashion tips? Well, the woman behind the blog hails from the Isle of Wight — Hannah Rochell. After starting her blog four years ago, the former Times journalist and InStyle fashion editor (read all about her illustrious career here) has just left InStyle to blog full time. Hannah's blog has gained fans...

OPINION: What Hofton meant, why it was still wrong, but why I’m strangely glad it was printed.

OPINION It was felt right that yoppul, the Isle of Wight County Press's alternative news website should respond to the column piece written by Charlotte Hofton, published last Friday in the newspaper. Here is a response from the yoppul co-ordinator, Matthew Mckew. Okay. So I'll be totally honest, on Friday morning I wasn't in need of any coffee once I'd read Charlotte...

AlexsLens video: A day in the life of a Bestival artist

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Not everyone gets to see what Bestival is like from an artist's perspective, but now, thanks to Alex Warren's video, we can all take a sneaky peek. Alex, known online as AlexsLens, teamed up with artist James Vickery, and documented his performance. Here's what 18-year-old videographer Alex had to say about it.... What can you tell us about this video? My video...

Making an idea reality: 23-year-old sets up own business

The following article was written by young Island business man Josh Collyer. Making an idea, a reality may seem like an impossible task. Everyone is telling you 'Are you sure this is going to work?' or 'How are you going to make enough money to live?' but you grit your teeth and set out on an adventure. My name is Josh Collyer...

Review: The Accountant crunches the numbers – and its naysayers

OPINION Let’s face it; it hasn’t exactly been the best year for movies, has it? There was seemingly so much potential at the turn of the year but, with a few worthwhile exceptions, little has been able to deliver on its overhyped promise. Imagine my surprise then, walking out of a screening for The Accountant – the latest in what is shaping...

Bands chalk up a successful night at Quay Arts

REVIEW A NIGHT of flamboyant lead singers and last minute drummers saw around a hundred people flock to Quay Arts on Friday night. Kicking off the evening was IW Festival 2016 Sunday main stage openers and Island three-piece, The Orders. Lead singer Kyle Chapman and bassist Isaac Snow were joined by new drummer, 24-year-old Josh Edwards. Josh had just four rehearsals to slot...