A small pair of boots believed to have been worn by Napoleon I in exile on St Helena are auctioned at Drouot’s in Paris. The boots are estimated to fetch between 50,000 and 80,000 euros.
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He is a tourist attraction worth travelling a long way to see — Jonathan the giant tortoise is perhaps the world’s oldest land animal, living in pampered luxury on the remote British island of St. Helena.
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They made it to freedom, just about — hundreds of Africans who were rescued from slave traders in the 19th century were taken to the remote island of St Helena, but many of them died of their injuries. Their graves were discovered in 2008 during work to build a road for the new airport, but a decade on the remains are still in storage, with campaigners hoping they will one day receive a dignified burial.
Cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, St. Helena, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is now reachable by plane for the first time. But the hoped for arrival of thousands of tourists has failed to materialise, leaving local businesses and investors in debt and struggling to survive.