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June 2011
Features
Above the Break

Floating Above the Break
How Nanny Cay Village defies downward trends


For the past two years, the waterfront townhouses with docks at Nanny Cay Marina have thrived in a slowly reviving market, gradual...
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Rough Seas Ahead?

Rough Seas Ahead?
What to know and where to go if Earl’s friends show up


For those of you who live on boats, work on boats, or are somehow involved in the boating industry, there is no doubt tha...
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LIFE after Raft

LIFE after Raft

"It's lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them…”
—Huckleberry Finn, ...
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Editor's Notes
Editor

Editor's Letter
June 2011


When the water is this flat, the air so thick and street movements sparse and scattered, it can only mean one thing:
Summer season is once again hot upon us.

But that’s okay. I think I’ve got this summertime island living thing down pat. Yeah, most of the serious sailors will head north to harder seas, and the sun-drenched surfers clear the waters and go i...
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Keeping the Peace
Keeping the Peace

Keeping the Peace Among The Reefs

For two weeks in May—year after year—Trish Baily wakes with the rising sun to document the health of the islands’ intricate reef systems, from the western edge of Norman Island to the eastern tip of Tortola. Fourteen years ago, the expert diver and veteran marine preservationist brought the international marine movement Reef Check to the Brit...
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Against Devastation
Against Devastation

Designing Against Devastation

Contrary to popular belief, a hurricane in itself is not a natural disaster; rather, it’s an uncontrollable natural event which, if unleashed upon an unprepared community, can lead to a destructive, costly and deadly disaster. Thankfully, in our technologically advanced times, destruction due to these kinds of natural hazards is predictable and largely preve...
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Starting Small
Starting Small

Starting Small

For those of you who have read about my adventures in learning to sail, you’ve probably ascertained that I get a bit nervous when a boat starts to heel, especially when I’m helming. My shrieks can be heard as far as St Thomas.
    
After publishing the account of my first experience on the water, I received the following email from Alison Knights Brambl...
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For Dignitaries
For Dignitaries

Designing for Dignitaries

Old Government House:1925-1926

The Old Government House (OGH) was designed by Thomas F Tomlinson AMICE, an engineer from Trinidad, and was built by his key workers and local labour Clerk of Works Cecil Georges, whose job it was to record all the materials and labour costs for the job. Unfortunately, his detailed records were all destroyed in a fire in Antigua from wher...
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Polarized Lenses
Polarized Lenses

Polarized Lenses Improve the Views

Polarized sunglasses have changed my life. I know I’m a little late in the game on this one, but it’s not the first time that I’ve made a life-changing discovery decades after the rest of the world. In 2009, I saw REM in concert for the first time, and I was blown away—um, two decades after all my friends had discovered the band.. So ...
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Proud Landowners
Proud Landowners A Country of Proud Landowners

What was once a group of islands thought to be settled by accident rather than by design, has now, rather aptly, been termed “the treasure under our feet.” The latter phrase was used by JR O’Neal, a noted BVIslander, entrepreneur and environmentalist, to describe land in the BVI. It is this type of sentiment which provided the impetus for the ena...

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The Sky is the Limit
The Sky is the Limit

The Sky is the Limit
How a local airliner strives to bring it all together


BVI Airways CEO Luke Smith blew out the candle on a slice of cheesecake, served chilled, from a seat overlooking the breathtaking views of Pagua Bay, Dominica. He’d celebrate the one-year birthday of his company alone at the Pagua Bay Restaurant, almost too busy to stop and thoroughly admire the view—and the ...
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Evolution of Vanity
Evolution of Vanity

Evolution of the Vanity

Over the last few years, sideboards and cabinets have snuck off the showroom floor and out of the warehouse. Homeowners, builders, contractors and interior designers, unable to find bathroom vanities, purchased these larger furnishings for their sturdy design and high quality wood. Then, instead of installing them in dining rooms, they cut holes in them for double sinks...
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