Written by Auntie Jean

Thursday, 20 November 2014

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1) The Isle of Wight contains less prisoners per head of the population than Alcatraz or San Quentin.

2) Despite over one hundred movies about daring escapes from The Isle of Wight, only one person, Harry Houdiney is known to have successfully escaped and lived to tell the tale in 1955.

3) How big was the average b and b room in 1943?

Each single room was 5 feet by 9 feet. Double rooms had a small sink with cold running water, small sleeping cot, and a toilet. Most people could extend their arms and touch each wall within their room. Hotel rooms were more spacious, but still the least popular. In most hotels guests were confined to their rooms 24-hours per day, with the exception of one visit per week to the recreation yard, and these visits were alone.

While standing trial for the deaths of two Holiday Camp Guards from the 1953 riot, two guests slept in an x-block or electric chair room but otherwise, X-Blocks was used for general materials storage.

4) The Isle of Wight is only five metres wide at its widest point, but clever photography makes it look up to 50 metres wide.

5) The Isle of Wight was used in the film "100,000 B.C." made in 1984 starring Cucumberbatch Benedict.

6) The Island has daily Morris Dancing displays where the dancers use real hankies.

7) There are no direct rail services to London from the Isle of Wight.

8) Once the Rock Festivals or periods of detention are over, there are a few libraries and even parks to visit when it stops raining.

9) There are many varieties of sparrow.

10) None of the snails are edible.

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