"The Times They Are A-changin" was Bob Dylan's prescient song released in 1964. But, although he exhorted us all to get ready, there was no hint of a life-threatening virus being the catalyst.Nor can the producers of a range offlavoured fizzy soft drinks, launched in...

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The Night Chuck Berry Died

The Night Chuck Berry Died

Montserrat’s social media is abuzz with the news that slide blues guitarist Dave Kelly will be on island to take part in the week long St. Patrick’s Festival.  John and I are particularly keen to catch him at the Beach Bar where he will be performing live with his...

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OWZAT!

OWZAT!

Had it not been for our two boys’ passion for the sport, it’s likely that cricket for me would still be one of those impenetrable games during which, as one bemused American once said, ’22 men stand around for five days with no guarantee of a winning result.’As it is,...

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MADE TO MEASURE

MADE TO MEASURE

Purely by chance I recently discovered a painless way of saving money.To celebrate my birthday, John had generously suggested we take a stroll down Bond Street, London’s most expensive shopping district, as he’d like to buy me a dress.  Name me a woman who could turn...

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LET FREEDOM RING

LET FREEDOM RING

Montserrat has been associated with Britain for over two hundred years, and is today described as a British Overseas Territory.  But, it wasn’t always so.  During the lucrative years of sugar production, made possible, as every school child knows, by the use of slave...

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Plant Whisperer

Plant Whisperer

Mapai, elfin-like head gardener and plant whisperer at the National Trust’s botanical gardens on Montserrat, crushes a leaf and hands it to me.  It smells like coriander, but has a much stronger olfactory kick. “Good for contractions,” he informs with a cheeky grin....

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Oh, Happy Day

Oh, Happy Day

The times when Britain could claim to be an Empire maybe long gone and Europe’s view of this witch shaped archipelago (given as I write midst the turmoil of post Brexit negotiations) probably doesn’t bear repeating, but one skill no-one can deny us is our ability to...

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Car Park In The Sky

Car Park In The Sky

Anyone who has read “PLENTY MANGO – postcards from the Caribbean” will know that I have to share my husband John’s affections with a 30 year old (no, not a lissom blond) – a 30 year old ROW (Rest of the World Specification) Range Rover. Once a vibrant Ascot Green, she...

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The Other Side Of The Microphone

The Other Side Of The Microphone

“You’ve got to be in it to win it.”

“Thought you knew everyone at the BBC.”

“Why not try Saga or The Oldie?”

A small sample of advice nuggets, usually unsolicited, from well-meaning friends who loyally believed that my book “Plenty Mango – postcards from the Caribbean” merited a place alongside observational greats such as the late Peter Mayle and his “A Year in Provence” or Chris Stewart’s series “Driving Over Lemons.”

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