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September 2012
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Survival of the Sloop

The Survival - Traditional boat building finds its place in the BVI

“They used to ship cows on these from Tortola to St Thomas, four at a time,” Governor Boyd McClearly told me as we stood ...
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King of the Currents

Presley King moved from the small Grenadian island of Bequia to Tortola in 1967. He was 23 and worked with his cousin transporting freight between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. One day, as he sa...
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Swimming with Sharks

Jim Scheiner’s pictures of sharks are amazing to observe. His stories of how the photos were captured, though, sometimes border terrifying. But to Jim, an underwater dance with these ferocious h...
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Editor's Notes
Editor

Back to School!

After three and a half years with the company, I’m saying goodbye to aLookingGlass and going back to school. I have decided to share my passion for writing and the English language with the students of the H Lavity Stoutt Community College, and I will start teaching there just in time for the new school year. But I guess it’s not really goodbye to aLookingGlass as I&rsq...
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Working Manís Artist
Working Manís Artist

Photographer Dan O’Connor and I met local artist Cedric Turnbull at the bottom of Greenland hill. He picked us up and drove us to his hillside home on the eastern side of Tortola. Cedric’s soft spoken, laidback, youthful disposition belies his enthusiastic, prolific work ethic. In addition to teaching at Elmore Stoutt High School, Cedric paints, sculpts, photographs, carves, macram&eac...
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Trashy Furniture
Trashy Furniture

Last year I served as a judge—along with Governor Boyd McCleary, architect Viviana Jenik and the Solid Waste Department’s Terry Benjamin—at the first annual CHAIR-ity Exhibit and Auction that took place in front of Nutmeg Designs in Wickhams Cay II. The event, organized by Annie MacPhail, showcased chairs, ottomans and stools made from discarded materials by resident artists, stu...
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A Historical Snapshot
Historical Snapshot

Of the BVI Economy

Dr Michael O’Neal’s book Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism: Social Transformation in the British Virgin Islands was published this year by Louisiana law publishing company Quid Pro Books as a part of its Classic Dissertation Series. During his launch of the book at Island Services in Pasea, Dr O’Neal remarked that the publishing house was interested in his disse...
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Gaming Goes Outdoors
Gaming Outdoors

Whether sailing around the BVI on a charter yacht or whiling away the days in a rental villa, the challenge often facing the holidaymaker is to find something to do to get lazy crew or friends off the boat or out of the house and exploring the beauty of the islands.

Long days in the hammock or lounging in the infinity pool are not to be sneezed at, but sometimes you have to get up and go do someth...
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Manageable Metallics
Metallics

Due to the climate and oxidization, I don’t typically consider decorating with metals in the BVI, but on a recent trip to Arawak Interiors, I discovered some room-brightening metallic accents that will withstand the humidity and salty sea air—mainly because they are constructed from rust-resistant metals, such as aluminum or stainless steel, or from materials that simply look like meta...
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Architectural Styles
Architectural Styles

In The Caribbean

When considering the type of architectural style for a house in the Caribbean it is important to consider the rich vernacular that make up this genre of design. Architecture in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean as a whole has been heavily influenced by the original Amerindian inhabitants, early English, French, Dutch and Spanish colonists. In more recent times we are seeing a sl...
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Coping with the Elements
Coping with Elements

In the Virgin Islands, our homes overlook some of the most stunning scenery in the world. However, when it comes to maintaining a house, it can be a very harsh and difficult environment to contend with. Depending on where your house is situated, you could be dealing with a number of conditions that can be destructive to your precious collectibles and furniture. However, there are a few small trick...
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Cooking with Coffee
Cooking with Coffee

My grandpa “Pop” is responsible for my nearly lifelong love of coffee. When I was five, Pop first introduced me to coffee—diluted with copious amounts of milk and sugar—which I sipped from my own tiny porcelain cup and saucer. Old habits die hard. While I’ve had brief periods in my life when I give up coffee, I always return to my morning java. Unlike many coffee drin...
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