Not such a time warp

25 Aug

Summer on the Isle of Wight – what could be more traditional than that? “It’s like entering a time warp,”  visitors exclaim, “everything’s so slow, and quaint, like twenty years ago.”  But if you actually live the Wight lifestyle, nostalgia doesn’t play a big part.  What I’ve discovered is a  new media hub, brimming over with creative, co-operative, make-it-happen types. By leaving London and becoming an islander, I’ve learned how to crest the internet wave. Here’s how…

First, setting up my website: finding a great design team was simple as pie. Word of mouth took me to Peekaboo Design ( and its star designers,  Howard and Brett,  who gave me exactly what I asked for and more – a simple, elegant, easy-to-use site.  Next, public speaking: the Chamber of Commerce led me to Marion at Seastone Presentations, a  super smart Power Point expert, who has polished up my rather amateur presentations ( and helped add the wow factor to my speeches. She’s excellent value too, check her out if you’re making a presentation or speech, you won’t regret it. 

And now, at the fag end of August, with the rain lashing down, let’s refresh my website with a few more video clips.  Who’s my picture editor?  Andrew Wilks, an Emmy award-winner with a string of ace credits to his name, including Walking with Dinosaurs.  How would I get an editor of Andrew’s calibre and experience in London? Here, on the island however, I’m beginning to  realise there’s  a media hub in the making. And I’m lucky enough to be part of it.

A few more examples, in case you think these are all self-serving. Debbie, a film producer, who spent several frustrating years in the South of France, but has reinvigorated her production company within months of moving to Ventnor ( Claire, a terrifically talented website designer, photographer and artist all wrapped up in one dynamic package ( Then there’s the burgeoning music scene…holidays, festivals, new media – that’s the Isle of Wight 2010.

11 Responses to “Not such a time warp”

  1. James 25. Aug, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    It never ceases to amaze me how much talent and experience can be found beyond the capital – long live the internet!

  2. Debbie Capon 25. Aug, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Great article Nisha. I do get so cross when friends say “Oh so you and Phil (my highly talented ex Creative Director – Art and Copy – husband) have moved to the sleepy Isle of Wight”. They come and visit and now most of them want to move here!!! I have lived all over the world and absolutely love it here. As you say not only is the scenery beautiful, the lifestyle great but there is also a plethora of talented media people. Andrew and I eventually met yesterday and discovered we had worked together whilst he was an editor in London and me an Advertising Agency Producer. Watch this space for my new website and showreel. Oh yes, and the sun will come out again very soon!

  3. Claire 25. Aug, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    Nisha your article is proof in itself that the island has plenty to discover, not just for it’s landscape.
    Having lived on the Isle of Wight since 1982, it has never failed to amaze me who lives here. The island is a hot bed of talent. The Media Industry is well covered with a wide variety of skills to tap into, you only need look at the Isle of Wight Film Network to realise who lives and works here, but also use the Island as their base. Although there is a short ferry or hovercraft trip to the mainland it is easy to commute to London; I did for many years.It makes the perfect place to relax after a hectic week in town or traveling around.
    Over the years I have networked with some very interesting people and would recommend that if you are looking for talent it is worthwhile checking out the island scene before searching further afield, you will be surprised as to who you can find.

  4. Andrew Wilks 26. Aug, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    Always good to meet new media creatives on our fabulous ,but sometimes reluctant, 21st Century Island.
    I think open skies and coastline have an edge on Soho…
    Check out the growing Wight Film Network for media connections…

  5. Kerstine Andrews 27. Aug, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    A superb overview of the Island and also how we all work together.
    I think Island people and the business community, support each other well and help to make productive contacts to grow and assist one another!

  6. Roy Edwards 01. Sep, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    A very interesting take on Island work. But did anyone see the article by Bronwen Maddox in the Times today (1st September? What I do not get is the insistence on turning the Island into a branch of ‘Solent city’. A fixed link would completely alter the Island’s character. If you want to live on the mainland, then the option to move is always there. Mind you it would give Red Funnel something to think about. It would be great sport to see how they would treat commuters then!!

  7. vuitton 02. Sep, 2010 at 6:35 am #

    This website is awesome. I constantly come across something new & different right here. Thank you.

  8. Santhya 02. Sep, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    It may be raining on the Isle of Wight, but I had friendly, sunny voices on the phone, booking a hotel… for my very first visit! Reading this piece only makes me more convinced that if you’re looking for real quality of life, then quitting city-life, for those who can, is certainly the way to go. And I live in Paris, arguably one of the greatest places on earth for quality living! Thanks to the internet, today even the most active professionals can have the best of both worlds. That is, as long as you can tick off the boxes on all the usual caveats:- the existence of good infra-structure, stable connectivity, unsaturated bandwiths and high-powered servers!

  9. david 14. Sep, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    what the island needs is a great crime thriller writer to unpick the sicilian underbelly of this wonderful cushion of englishness……

  10. Marius 15. Sep, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    After following your blog for a while now I must say I enjoy the reading.

    But may I come with a small comment: I wanted to show some friends of mine your web page and some of the videos of you hosting conferences. Since I usually enter your blog directly I realized (or I might just be plain stupid) that there is no way – no link – from your blog to your homepage.. You might have chosen this on purpose but I would find it naturally to link the two of them.

    The other way around – from your homepage to your blog – there is a link, however it actually took me some time to find the BIG blue spot as I was searching in the menu.

    Just a thought! :-)

    Have a lovely day,


  11. Nisha 16. Sep, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Marius, you are absolutely right. Thanks for pointing out what should have been obvious to me, but somehow managed to slip through. Peekaboo, my website team, are onto it. Plus – a big thank you for your support! Nisha

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