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August 2012
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Gryphon's Lair

Spellbound by Gryphon’s Lair

At Gryphon’s Lair overlooking Lambert Beach, I sat in a wooden chair on the pool deck and became hypnotized by the two most soothing sounds in the tropics&md...
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Downing's Legacy

Roger Downing’s Legacy

On May 7, 2012, the British Virgin Islands lost 72-year-old architect Roger Downing, BVI resident since 1969 and Belonger since 1979. Though he is gone, Roger’s a...
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Guana Island

Guana Island comes alive

The short boat ride from Tortola’s Trellis Bay to Guana Island’s White Bay exposes a familiar view I’ve admired from Tortola’s north shore beaches cou...
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Editor's Note
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Editor's Letter
August 2012


Summer is a time for celebration.


This month on Tortola, we’ll dance in the name of freedom to honour the soul rebels of the past. August is a great time for reflection; it’s a time when tourism traffic slows, but good times with close friends and family flourish. Many of us who call the Virgin Islands home use these slow summer months to plan off-...
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IC24 REGATTA
IC24 REGATTA

Intergalactic IC24 REGATTA
Hosted by QUANTUM SAILS & The Royal BVI Yacht Club

The IC-24 QUANTUM Intergalactics, previously known as Worlds, traditionally draws some of the most competitive racers in the region. Last June, under near-perfect sailing conditions, sailors largely from the Virgin Islands faced tough competition from the St Martin-based Coors Light team, helmed by the friendly is...
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Scaly Stowaway
Scaly Stowaway

Scaly Stowaway

One evening not long ago, I was enjoying dinner at a local outdoor restaurant. As I took in the tropical ambiance, I noticed a small moth flying around a light on the wall. After a few circles, it landed just a few inches from the fixture. In the blink of an eye, the moth disappeared, snatched from its perch by the lightning-quick strike of a small cream-colored lizard. Just as...
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Jane Clatworthy
Jane Clatworthy

Artists’ Corner: Jane Clatworthy
Consumed By Her Canvas


Jane Clatworthy would say she was “born with a crayon in hand.” Through school, that crayon and an assortment of paints would colour canvases inspired by her Zimbabwe surroundings and driven by the people who brightened her days. After graduating school, though, her life “took a turn,” she said, and her passio...
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Up for Debate
Up for Debate

Property Tax Increase: Up for Debate
A Q&A with JOMA’s Colin O’Neal


Since news of Cabinet approval of the Department of Inland Revenue’s request for a property tax increase was revealed earlier this year, the matter has been under debate in the House of Assembly and the court of public opinion. According to recent news reports, Premier and Finance Minister Dr Orlando Smith...
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Functional Sculpture
Functional Sculpture

Functional Sculpture

On a recent trip to Mexico, Roy Keegan from Arawak Interiors discovered an artist who crafts illuminated sculptures from recycled glass and metal. Roy thought the subject matter—frogs, turtles, flowers, suns and fish—would suit his clients in the BVI. He was right. “They have really been selling,” manager Mandy Gorringe said. “People love the...
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Agape Approved
Agapé Approved

Agapé Approved
Local businesses aim for Green Globe certification


A year ago, I wrote here about the Green Globe system for certifying the sustainability credentials of hotels and resorts. I discussed how, at the 2011 Green Globe Summit, I had met some of the pioneers in eco-tourism, and I gave an overview of the complicated world of green hotel certification, the increasing consumer awa...
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icy on-board treat
Icy On-Board Treat

Icy On-Board Treat


I’m breaking some self-imposed rules this month. First off, my provisioning articles usually feature boat-friendly recipes. However, this month’s topic is more appropriate for those with land-based kitchens—or with very generous galleys. Secondly, I typically have a rule against single purpose appliances, but I bend the rules when it comes to ice cream&m...
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