Issue 100
(November/December 2009)

In this Issue:

Albert Laveau. Photograph courtesy Albert Laveau

Albert Laveau: A Man for All Seasons

Actor Albert Laveau tells Judy Raymond how he's guiding the Trinidad Theatre Workshop into its next half-century

Edgar Mittelholzer. Photograph courtesy Herman Mittelholzer

Edgar Mittelholzer: the Dark One

Edgar Mittelholzer produced over a dozen books, despite the shadows that closed around him. James Ferguson celebrates his struggle

Bob Marley. Photograph by David Corio

Bob Marley: Eating the Bread of Sorrow

No one knew it was reggae superstar Bob Marley's last world tour. His biographer Garry Steckles is still weeping and wailing over missing it

Michael Holgate. Photograph courtesy Macmillan Caribbean

Reviews (November/December 2009)

The new music, the movies and the books that are reflecting the region right now

The Need for Speed: Caripass

Tired of waiting in line at airports? Regional travellers can bypass the queue, thanks to Caripass. James Fuller checks it out

Contestants of the Faces of the Caribbean Airlines competition. Photograph courtesy Caribbean Airlines/Stephen Broadbridge

More than just a pretty face

When Caribbean Airlines offered young people a chance to represent the airline, Mirissa De Four went along to spot the winners

An RAF cargo plane being unloaded during the temporary occupation of the island. Photograph by Lynn Pelham/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Anguilla: the Smallest Revolution

It was the era of independence – but Anguilla wanted to remain a British colony. Montague Kobbe looks back at an odd victory for people power

View of San Fernando, painted by Margaret Mann. Photograph courtesy National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago

The Measure of a Mann

Margaret Mann was an English housewife whose drawing teacher was the renowned Trinidadian artist Michel-Jean Cazabon..

Island Records founder Chris Blackwell with Jamaican producer Steven Stanley at Blackwell’s Compass Point Studio in the Bahamas. Photograph by Boot

Island Life: the story of Island Records

One label has been bringing Caribbean music to the world for 50 years. David Katz tells the story of Island Records

Players from Caribbean Airlines Invaders Steel Orchestra perform at Pan, Parang and Pork. Photograph courtesy Invaders Steel Orchestra

Season’s greetings from a steelband

An invitation you can't refuse, from Caribbean Airlines Invaders

Lord Kitchener, (with guitar), leads a group of West Indies fans onto the pitch after seeing their team beat England. Photograph by Press Association Images

The triumph of calypso cricket

Garry Steckles recreates a Test match at Lord's that made sporting and cultural history

Limbo dancers perform in the cabaret section of London's first ever West Indian-style carnival. Photograph by Donald Hinds

Notting Hill Carnival: Mas and the mother country

It's Europe's biggest street festival, but it got off to an unlikely start – indoors, in winter, with a crowd of a thousand people

Performing at a Vintage Kaiso show at the Queen`s Park Savannah. Photograph courtesy Trinidad Express

Merchant, is that you?

He died a decade ago, but Laura Dowrich-Phillips finds that Merchant's peers have not forgotten this great calypsonian

The Signal Hill choir on the opening night of their 25th anniversary performance at Naparima Bowl, Trinidad. Photograph courtesy Signal Hill Choir/Anthony Harris

Signal Hill: The people’s voice

Tobago's Signal Hill Alumni Choir has travelled the world to perform. Jonathan Ali listened to their siren song

Inside the Salle des Reclusionnaires – the solitary confinement area – on Ile Royale. Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

The man with the butterfly tattoo

Real-life adventure or just a rollicking good yarn? Nicholas Laughlin reads between the lines of Papillon, the classic account of an escape

Wendy Fitzwilliam and her son Ailan. Photograph by Courtesy Lexicon

Wendy Fitzwilliam: between a mother and a son

The joys of motherhood can be bittersweet even for a former beauty queen, and Wendy Fitzwilliam shares some of them in her new book

Shoreline degradation at Consett Bay, St John, a small fishing village on the east coast of Barbados. Photograph by Adrian Griffith

The heat is on: global warming and the Caribbean

Will Henley reports on efforts to help the Caribbean combat global warming

Brian Lara receives an honour guard from the English players, as he walks onto the crease for his last match for West Indies. Photograph by Iossjr

Brian Lara: legend in his own lifetime

What do you do after you've been a superstar? Vaneisa Baksh reflects on the past and the future of former West Indies batting hero Brian Lara

Suresh Sookoo, CEO, RBTT Financial Group. Photograph courtesy RBTT Financial Group

RBC & RBTT: Bank on a bigger future

The regional financial giant RBTT merged with the Royal Bank of Canada a year ago. James Fuller checks on their progress so far

Masqueraders perform at the 2009 Cudjoe Head Day Festival. Photograph by Keith Dyett

Goat water in Cudjoe head

Never mind the volcanic eruptions, these Montserrat folks have a festival to celebrate. James Fuller joined the party

Sir George Martin, Beatles producer, in front of the Montserrat Cultural Centre, site of the Alliouagana Festival of the Word. Photograph courtesy Ishwar Persad

Happenings (November/December 2009)

A round-up of current events on the Caribbean calendar

A Christmas staple, pastelles are made with cornmeal and are filled with minced beef, chicken, soya or lentils. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

At Christmas your heart goes home

Franka Philip warms her cockles by adding a Caribbean touch to her table

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