Rock Cottage, Blue Waters Hotel. Photograph by Sean Drakes/ Blue Mango

My Blue Heaven: Antigua & Barbuda

It’s the colour of the water that hits you first as the plane prepares for landing: turquoise and aquamarine and ultramarine and lapis and just about any lovely shade of blue you can imagine. You pinch yourself. Blink. And wonder: could that sand really be so white? Welcome to Antigua. Lisa Allen-Agostini succumbs to the charms of one of the Caribbean’s premier vacation spots.

Bethany. Photograph by Caribbean Estates

About that Caribbean dream home…

Property prices vary dramatically among Caribbean countries. Mark Wilson looks at what money will buy in four islands.

Pan-Africanist leader Marcus Garvey. Photograph courtesy the National Library of Jamaica

Caribbean Voices

"Nothing was created in the West Indies", V.S. Naipaul famously wrote. Yet many of the earliest writers and thinkers in the Americas were Caribbean men and women, creating histories, novels, essays, poems, autobiography, newspapers, new political thought. Tony Martin puts the case for the defence.

Feel the love

Music Buzz (September/ October 2004)

On True Love, Toots and the Maytals revisit their hit-strewn career with a little help from their friends • Sheldon Blackman’s 2000 album Remember Me is back — with a difference • Creole music lovers head to Dominica at the end of October • Are anglophone music fans ready for Chris Combette’s cool folk-jazz-reggae fusion? • Plus Gregory Isaacs, Sabbattical Ahdah, Jah Mason, and Luciano in our Rhythm Roundup.

Cover of the Annihilation of Fish and Other Stories

Book buzz (September/ October 2004)

Anthony Winkler’s new book of short stories tackles life’s big questions with healthy mirth • Hilary Beckles challenges the notion of quiet little Barbados • Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool offers calypso lore and commentary, straight From the Horse’s Mouth • “Being Here”, a poem from Guyana-born Cyril Dabydeen’s new collection, Hemisphere of Love • Jeffrey Stollmeyer’s opinionated 1948–49 diary chronicles the West Indies cricket team’s first tour of India.

A scene from Roots, a short animated film by Adrian Lopez of Liquid Light Studio in Jamaica. Photograph courtesy Camille Selvon-Abrahams

Screen buzz (September/October 2004)

The animation, film, and new media festival Animae Caribe brings artists and storytellers together to find new ways to express Caribbean life • Trinidad and Tobago is crazy for Philomena Alexis Baptiste, the sassy new star of the Gayelle TV channel. Now Philo Mania is about to break out in New York.

Orlando Satchell, Courtesy Ladera Resort/ Orlando Satchell

Buzzworthy (September/October 2004)

Anthony Winkler’s new book of short stories tackles life’s big questions with healthy mirth • Hilary Beckles challenges the notion of quiet little Barbados • Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool offers calypso lore and commentary, straight From the Horse’s Mouth • “Being Here”, a poem from Guyana-born Cyril Dabydeen’s new collection, Hemisphere of Love • Jeffrey Stollmeyer’s opinionated 1948–49 diary chronicles the West Indies cricket team’s first tour of India.

Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Business Beat (September/October 2004)

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Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Sports Buzz (September/October 2004)

The Caribbean’s most muscular head to Guyana.

Nasio. Photograph courtesy Susanne Moss/Selah Photo

The Buzz feature (September/October 2004)

Talented Dominican reggae artist Nasio Fontaine has been hailed as “the late, great Bob Marley reincarnated”. Find out why.

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