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May 2012
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Piece of Paradise

Owning a Piece of Paradise

Over the past few years, Scrub Island has undergone a profound transformation and has developed a distinguishable charm and character among its niche within the plush nort...
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Grace on the Water

Grace on the Water
The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendevouz

A combination of 28 sailing yachts and motor yachts, ranging in size from 72 to 295 feet, attended the Loro Piana Caribbean...
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Airport Expansion

Airport Expansion

To build, or not to build—that is not the question. Arousing mixed reactions, the British Virgin Islands Government has made it abundantly clear that it will expand the curre...
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Editor's Note
Editor

Editor's Letter
May 2012

You know you’re no longer a Virgin Islands newbie when...

You no longer notice the incessant crow and cackle of the 24-hour rooster; you’re unflinching when passing a herd of white goats stumbling over a steep hillside or errant horses sharing the roadside alongside vehicles. You’re really fitting in when you know more people on the island than...
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Time Traveler
Time Traveler

Time Traveler

“Time isn’t a straight line. It’s all... bumpy-wumpy. There’s loads of boring stuff. Like Sundays and Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons. But now and then there are Saturdays. Big temporal tipping points when anything’s impossible.”
—Doctor Who

Last year, I interviewed BVI resident David Hildred before and after he crossed the Atlantic Ocean ...
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Earth-Sheltered
Earth-Sheltered

Earth-Sheltered Architecture

Earth sheltering can be defined as the architectural practice of using earth against building walls for external thermal mass, to reduce heat loss, and to naturally preserve a steady indoor air temperature. Earth sheltering is popular today among advocates of passive solar and sustainable architecture; we can notice this practice as far back as humans have been cr...
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Half In & Half Out
Half In & Half Out

From the Underwater Lens
Half In & Half Out

Armando Jenik bought his first underwater housing kit in 1978 during a time when underwater photography was in its early stages. Since then, Armando has developed a body of work that needs little introduction. His love for the underwater world combined with his passion for photography allows the versed diver to share what he sees with the rest of ...
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The EIA Process
The EIA process

So, You Want to Build a House… Examining the EIA process

Just about every visitor to the Virgin Islands has the same dream. Lounging in a hammock, under a palm tree, perhaps sipping a pina colada—it’s easy to imagine thoughts of chucking it all in and moving to paradise. It is not always just a dream. For some, the lure becomes irresistible.

Maybe that magic moment occurred ...
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Staying Afloat
Staying Afloat

Staying Afloat
How Anegada defies a death by drowning

When Anegada was named after the Spanish word meaning “flooded” or “drowned,” the island may have looked different from the way it looks today. Anegada’s extensive salt pond and wetland systems create the impression that the Spanish translation of the island’s name still holds true. But is Anegada really f...
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The Oyster Regatta
The Oyster Regatta

Aphrodisiacs at Full Sail
The Oyster Regatta draws a family fleet

Twenty-five magnificent specimens of UK Oyster Marine Yachts congregated in the British Virgin Islands for the 28th event in the Oyster Regatta series. Their previous visit to our BVI was two years prior, so reunion was joyful and excitement fierce.

This year’s fleet of Oysters ranged from 46 feet to 82 feet, and spect...
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In the Abstract
In the Abstract

Artists’ Corner
Painting in the Abstract

Ab*stract: of or pertaining to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colors, generalized or geometrical forms, etc., especially with reference to their relationship to one another.

Asking an artist to define his or her work is inevitably a perplexing question. Most artists thrive in growth and change—some more deliberately than others....
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Island Design
Island Design

Island Design: Open-Air Restaurants

What makes a restaurant a favourite? It’s not always the food. I’ve chosen restaurants for their high-backed private booths or slate tabletops with chalk for doodling. I’ve dismissed restaurants because of uncomfortable chairs or a lack of windows. When I dine out, I want to linger in an atmosphere that encourages me to do so.

The déc...
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