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October 2011
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Readers' Choice

 
Sunken Sculptures

Sunken Sculptures Come Alive

The first images I saw of the underwater sculpture parks in Grenada reminded me of the Flying Dutchman’s decrepit crew in Pirates of the Caribbean—humans mutati...
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Wreck on the Rhone

Wrecking on the Rhone

A little over a month ago, experienced diver and established underwater photographer Armando Jenik walked into aLookingGlass’ office sporting a wide grin. He had just return...
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Editor's Note
Editor

Editor's Letter

And the winner is . . .

This month, we embarked on a special issue that intends to highlight some of the finer points of visiting and living in the Virgin Islands. Our first Readers’ Choice Awards finds these glossy pages eager to endorse the bounties of the BVI, according to you, the reader. Over the past two months, we’ve asked VIPY's audience to participate in...
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Protect Investments
Protect Investments

Protecting Your Investment

If there’s one subject which is raised every time we embark on a new design project, it’s the issue of durability and maintenance. Addressing the aggressive island environment is always fundamental to the needs of our clients. All of the buildings in our island context are subject to continual weathering and the aggressive combination of the elements, in a mar...
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A not so Nice Tree
A not so Nice Tree

When is a Tree not so Nice?

Whistling pines are tall and majestic trees. The sound of the wind whistling through the branches is soothing and the shade underneath is a welcome relief on a hot, sunny day. A forest of these pines produces a thick, soft carpet of needles that is a perfect place for a blanket and picnic. With all these nice features, why all the fuss? Why are scientists so worried abou...
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Artists' Corner
Artists’ Corner

Artists’ Corner:
Painting Bright Colours at Night


Lutai Durante prefers the night.

“Nighttime is more relaxing: hear the crickets, no one to disturb me, have a drink and a smoke,” he said, ashing his Marlboro menthol. “It give me more freedom; you can see things more clearly.”

For the BVI artist, the late evening hours afford him creative clarity to bring his emotions an...
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Eye of the Storm
Eye of the Storm

CHAPTER 1
THE BEGINNING OF THE END


Editor’s note: The following excerpt was taken from the first chapter of the novel The Eye of the Storm, written by Alison Knights Bramble and published by aLookingGlass. The publication and printing were made possible by sponsors including Caribbean Insurers Limited, INTAC, LIME, Rotary Club Tortola and Rotary Club Sunrise. All proceeds from the sale of the...
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Across the Divide
Across the Divide

Across the Divide:
Real Estate Representation in the Virgin Islands


Buying or selling a home is a significant financial transaction in a person’s life. If you're selling a property, it may be the most valuable thing you own, and it is of utmost importance to find an agent you can trust. Before selecting a real estate agent, it’s important to do your homework. This means checking refe...
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Metallic Nature
Metallic Nature

A Metallic Take on Nature

Refined metals crawl along the walls of villas and businesses in the Caribbean. Coppertone leaves sprawl across a coarse canvas, while abstract turtles and fish find themselves suspended as fixtures of modern, metallic amusement. The artistic assortments of nature and marine life travel to the Virgin Islands from Guadalajara, Mexico as the interpretative work of talented c...
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Royally Ready
Royally Ready

Royally Ready for Takeoff

The Corps of Royal Engineers were formed in the British Army to both design and construct fortifications and to lay siege to the enemies' forts. The Sap, a shallow trench, dug at an angle for protection from enemy fire to bring guns and attackers forward, gave the Royal Engineers the nickname “Sappers,” one that they are all justly proud of. Initially a cor...
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Limin' in the VI
Limin

Limin’ in the Virgin Islands

While most people think of citrus fruit when they hear the word “lime,” Caribbean residents and knowledgeable visitors know this word has a dual meaning in the islands. “Lime” also means to hang out or chill with friends.

Cooking with limes is as much a part of island cuisine as limin’ with friends is a part of everyday life. However,...
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