Missing Lockdown

Missing Lockdown

“Are you out of your mind?” This from an affronted friend to whom I had dared suggest in an e-mail that I thought, when the day came, I might actually miss aspects of being in lockdown. Having spent most of my pre Covid19 life in overdrive, it’s been a revelation to...

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STILL TIME

STILL TIME

  In years to come we’ll be telling stories of what it was like living through the 2020 global pandemic of the Coronavirus.  How the streets emptied, the birds reclaimed the skies and how we were forbidden to fulfill our basic human need to touch one another. ...

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The Times They A Changin

The Times They A Changin

"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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