Issue 112
(November/December 2011)

In this Issue:

Issue 112


Photograph by Shirley Bahadur (Digitally altered by MEP to place sign in background)

The doubles life of George X

Cedriann J Martin records a day in the life of a T&T doubles vendor – and explains her famous brand name

Jesse Seligman. Illustration by Tracey Johnson

The doomed flight of Jesse Seligman

James Ferguson recalls the tragic pioneer who brought the air age to the region

Buju Banton. Photograph by Jonathan Mannion

Buju Banton: brother behind bars

Garry Steckles is horrified at the plight of dancehall star Buju Banton

Taymer Mason. Photograph by Jacky Gotin

My vegetable love

Going vegetarian is a healthy choice that’s easier – and tastier – than you think, explains Franka Philip

CD Reviews (November/December 2011)

The new music that is reflecting the region right now

Book Reviews (November/December 2011)

The new books that are reflecting the region right now

Corpus Christi celebrations at the cathedral circa 1970. Photograph courtesy the Cathedral archives

Saving the soul of the city

T&T’s historic Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is to be restored. Caroline Taylor records its past, present and plans for its future

The peacock feathers which adorn the headdresses of the Masquerade troupe are symbolic conduits to the spirit world. Photograph by Richard Lyder

Carnival at Christmas in St. Kitts

Mediaeval strolling mummers, French quadrilles and African rhythms…Simon Lee encounters the unique cultural traditions of St Kitts

Floyde’s Pelican Bar has long been a welcome refuge for those seeking a cool drink off Jamaica’s southern coast. Photograph courtesy of Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours®

Set sail for the Pelican Bar

Ian Stalker reports from a Jamaican watering-hole that lives up to its name

Stir-fried beef with vegetables and toasted coconut, on top of jasmine rice. Photograph by Jonathan Ali

Nyan Switi in Suriname

In the melting-pot of Paramaribo, you’ll find the flavours of the world. Jonathan Ali sampled almost all of them

Gabriel, Simone and two of their staff members in front of their wall of local awards. Photograph courtesy D Hot Shoppe

Hot Shoppe in a cold country

It’s not just homesick and hungry West Indians who visit this Caribbean outpost in Canada. Debbie Jacob finds out why

Jerk pork smokes to perfection over pimento wood, covered by zinc fencing panels. Photograph by Rosemary Parkinson

The best of Jamaican food: Ackee, Bammy, Cassava Pone…

…Jerk, patties, gungo peas, escoveitch fish… Rosemary Parkinson is Caribbean Beat’s guide to the best authentic Jamaican food and where to find it

Traditional Caribbean Christmas cake. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

Festive favourites: five Caribbean celebrities on their Christmas food favourites

Nazma Muller asked some Caribbean celebrities what they like to eat – especially at this time of year. They offered recipes, secrets and tips

A brown booby perches on a perilous cliff face. Photograph by Nyla Singh

The battle of Little Tobago

It’s a wildlife sanctuary, but this tiny island is still the scene of a struggle for survival. Sharda Patasar reports from the front lines

Ferry across the Essequibo. Photograph by Abigail Hadeed

Guyana Safari

A ferry across the Essequibo by dawn, then through the Rupununi Savannahs to the Kanuku Mountains. Janine Fung logs a rugged journey

Fryes Beach on the west coast. Photograph courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Antigua and Barbuda Top 10

Miles of pink sand, ziplines through the rainforest, swimming with stingrays... Bridget van Dongen offers a tourist’s to-do list

Michelle Xavier preps make-up while Caribbean Beat editor Judy Raymond checks her messages. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

Cover shoot: behind the scenes

The style and the stars of our glamorous cover photo

Cycling vacation in Curaçao. Photograph courtesy Curaçao Amstel Race

Happenings (November/December 2011)

A round-up of current and coming events on the Caribbean calendar

Janice Edwards, head cook at Mount Cinnamon boutique resort. Photograph by Joshua Yetman

Cooking for Mount Cinnamon

Janice Edwards brings a homey comfort to her dishes as the head cook at Grenada’s Mount Cinnamon boutique resort. She talked to Lisa Allen-Agostini

Sheldon Bissessar. Photograph by Narend Sooknarine - ZORCE Magazine

Sheldon Bissessar: the Trinidad Rocket races ahead

Rodney Granado follows record-breaking dragster driver Sheldon Bissessar as he roars down the track

Lennox Honychurch at the Cabrits overlooking his home town of Portsmouth. Photograph courtesy Lennox Honychurch

Lennox Honychurch: icon of the island

Writer, artist, activist, MP, champion of the First People: Raymond Ramcharitar sums up Dominica’s Lennox Honychurch