Trinidad and Tobago

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Caribbean Datebook (March/April 2014)

Events around the Caribbean in March and April.

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Word of mouth (March/April 2014)

Discover the joys of partying in the cricket stands, and the significance of Trinidad’s spicy pichakaree music.

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

No fish? No fuss

For many in the Caribbean, the season of Lent and Easter is a time to enjoy fish and other seafood. A recent oil spill in south-west Trinidad was bad news not only for the environment, but also for fish-loving Trinis. But there are other ways to observe a meatless diet for Lent, as Franka Philip explains.

Alake Pilgrim. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Make it new

If Trinidad’s literary landscape seems particularly fertile of late, it’s thanks to a bountiful crop of new fiction writers and poets telling unexpected stories and trying out unfamiliar voices. Photographer Mark Lyndersay captures portraits of eight emerging talents, while Nicholas Laughlin reflects on the cultural climate that may explain this profusion.

Debbie Jacob. Photograph by Kim Johnson

Flying lessons: Debbie Jacob’s Wishing for Wings

When writer and teacher Debbie Jacob volunteered to teach English classes at Trinidad and Tobago’s juvenile detention facility, she had no idea how hard the challenge would turn out to be — or how rewarding. Now she hopes her book about the experience will inspire others to reconsider the fate of young offenders. Erline Andrews finds out more.

Dave Chadee. Photograph by Alex Smailes

Mosquito man: Dave Chadee

Most people don’t think of entomology as a life-saving profession, but going by per capita impact, mosquitoes may be the most dangerous animals on Earth. And Trinidadian scientist Dave Chadee stands in the middle of a “perfect swarm” of the tiny bloodsuckers. Nazma Muller learns about his groundbreaking research, with the potential to save millions of lives.

Photograph by Chris Anderson

In the pink

The dry season brings Port of Spain’s colourful poui trees into their glory.

Nathaniel Charleau portrays a Dame Lorraine, one of the oldest traditional masquerades in Trinidad Carnival 
Photo: Maria Nunes

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“Misfit” masqueraders in the Vulgar Fraction band. Photograph by Maria Nunes

Robert Young: Carnival in the belly

For designer Robert Young, leader of the “misfit” mas band Vulgar Fraction, the best way to navigate Port of Spain at Carnival time is by following one’s appetites. As told to Zahra Gordon.

Gros Piton from the summit of Petit Piton. Photograph by Chris Huxley

Peak conditions: taking on the Caribbean’s mountain ranges

The Caribbean is a region of hills and mountains, not just beaches and bays. Maria Sebastian tackles the double challenge of St Lucia’s Pitons, and Janelle Chanona braves the rigours of Belize’s Victoria Peak. Plus vertical adventures in Cuba, Guyana, Dominica, and Trinidad.

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