Archive for May 1st, 2009

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Mosuitoes: the perfect swarm

James Fuller was enchanted by the idea of sleeping under the snowy billows of a mosquito net. But then he found out why he needed one….

Beckett painting for the film Alabaster Moon. Photograph by Michele Jorsling

Sarah Beckett: mixed media

Sarah Beckett has been a painter since coming to Trinidad in the 1960s, but her work also incorporates music, poetry and film.

The Mighty Duke onstage, displaying his famous sartorial elegance. Photograph courtesy Trinidad Express

A pope, a king and a duke: remembering the Mighty Duke

Keith Smith pays tribute to the Mighty Duke, the veteran calypsonian who died this year.

With excited fans around him, Wyclef Jean belts out one of his hits at Festival Village, St Maarten. Photograph by Judy Fitzpatrick

Wyclef Jean: Haitian sensation

Musician Wyclef Jean says he’ll never forget his Caribbean roots. Judy Fitzpatrick caught up with him when he came to perform in St Maarten .

Jizelle Salandy defends her three world titles against Yahaira Hernandez on Boxing Day in Trinidad. Photograph courtesy Trinidad Express

Jizelle Salandy: glory in the ring

She lived fast and died young, but not before winning record numbers of world boxing titles. We remember her short, triumphant life.

Constantine`s all-action batting style set league cricket alight. Photograph courtesy Macmillan Caribbean

Learie Constantine: local boy makes good

When cricketer and politician Learie Constantine was ennobled, he was claimed by his hometowns in Trinidad – and Lancashire.

Jamaica`s Cockpit Country is home to globally-important biodiversity but could be devastated by bauxite mining. Photograph courtesy Birdlife International/Susan Koenig

Caribbean birds: on a wing and a prayer

Bird life in the Caribbean seems to be flourishing, but some species are threatened. James Fuller goes birdwatching in search of them.

The Grenadian and US flags fly in front of the Windref Research Institute. Photograph courtesy SGU

St. George’s: helping the region’s health

Based at St George’s University in Grenada, the Windref Foundation is pioneering research into endemic tropical disease.

View from the east summit of what may become Mt Obama. Photograph courtesy Chris Pratt of the Environmental Awareness Group`s Plant Conservation Project

From Boggy Peak to Mt Obama

Like the rest of the world, Antigua has succumbed to Obamamania. Joanne C Hillhouse reports on the debate over the island’s proposed tribute.

Kanki, a Kalinago dish of sweetened manioc and spices. Photograph by Celia Sorhaindo

Time stands still in Touna Auté, Dominica

This is a real Amerindian village, not a quaint replica for the benefit of tourists. Paul Crask visits where Dominica’s past meets the present.