Issue 58
(November/December 2002)

In this Issue:

Illustration by Shalini Seereram

Caribbean Christmas Recipes

Traditional Caribbean Christmas recipes

Sporting Links

C.L.R. James, the renowned Trinidadian cricket writer and political historian, once argued that sport was as high an art form as painting or theatre. Surely, then, Sir Garry Sobers, Ato Boldon, and Brian Lara must be among our greatest artists. Here are some sites that celebrate the Caribbean genius for artful athletics and the visitors who share that passion.

New and recent books about the Caribbean (November/December 2002)


Upbeat (November/December 2002)

New music from the Caribbean

Barrington Watson. Photograph by Anton Modeste

Art Beat: Barrington Watson

Jamaican artist Barrington Watson has parlayed a European education into the modern classical Caribbean style for which he’s celebrated. Donna Yawching talks to this graceful master of technique and Caribbean spirit

Photograph courtesy the Jamaica Tourist Board

The Real Claude McKay

James Ferguson on Banana Bottom, Claude McKay’s homage to rural Jamaica

Photograph by Mark Meredith

A Sip of Suriname

Mark Meredith goes on a whirlwind tour of BWIA’s newest Caribbean destination

Audi — the brand-new, super-sexy Audi A4 Cabriolet. A great Christmas gift — any volunteers?

Checking It Twice: A Caribbean Christmas List

Christmas is a time for giving — yes, giving to Nola Powers. The little girl who Santa Claus forgot makes up for lost time with the Christmas list to end all Christmas lists.

Ritual of the Sunrise, choreographed by Rex Nettleford. Photograph by Denis Valentine

Rex Nettleford on Keeping “Caribbeanness” Alive In Dance

Rex Nettleford celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Jamaica National Dance Theatre

The lookout at Speyside. Photograph by David Wears


Tobago is a paradise for those whose only ambition is to chill on a beach 24/7. But it’s also a haven for fans of the active lifestyle. Georgia Popplewell finds herself torn between extremes on Trinidad’s sister isle
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Yours Sincerely, Nello

Letters from London, a new book of little-known essays by C.L.R. James, fills in a significant biographical gap in the career of this pre-eminent Trinidadian thinker, activist and theorist of cricket

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Capitol dome. Photograph by Washington Dc Convention & Visitors Association

Postcard from Washington

Long on monuments, museums, and atmosphere, Washington DC is a city with grandeur to spare and more than a few happening neighbourhoods. Donna Yawching on the unique pleasures of America’s capital

Great Leonid meteor shower of 1933. Taken from an old plate by Maura Imbert.

Celestial Manoeuvres

Asteroids may be destructive, but they may also have triggered the creation of life on earth. Maura Imbert explores the phenomenon

Caribbean Stocking Stuffers

Garry Steckles’s Caribbean music wish list

Photograph by Catherine Gillo

Carnival Messiah

Haffezar Khan is wowed by Geraldine Connor's British production of Carnival Messiah

Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Oh what fun it is to ride on a Sikorsky S76A

The holiday season is here, bringing with it Soca Santas, Martiniquan carols, Hindu and Muslim festivals, music and film. Simon Lee on the season's offerings - and his mixed chance to be a flying Saint Nick

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Andre Tanker: Like a Liberation

Trinidad’s late, great musical genius André Tanker on the roots of his music — as told to Simon Lee.