Take twenty: cricket, that is

Take twenty: cricket, that is

Garry Steckles previews the 2014 Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament, which starts sports lovers’ pulses racing in July.

Sharks and other large predatory fish are vital to the marine ecosystem. Photograph by frantisekhojdysz/shutterstock.com

Save our sharks

Bake and shark is an essential Trinidadian delicacy, but the appetites of seafood lovers take a heavy toll on marine ecosystems. Nazma Muller investigates. Plus a handy guide to sustainable Caribbean seafood.

Photograph by Elspeth Duncan

Buccoo tales

Not all travels require you to stray far from home, Elspeth Duncan discovers. Sometimes, with open eyes and the right company, the pleasures of wandering are right under your nose. Plus a concise guide to some of Tobago’s best adventures.

Lord Superior. Photograph by Richard Mark Rawlins, Courtesy Geoffrey Dunn

Diamonds are forever

Sixty years ago, as a young calypsonian named Andrew Marcano made his tent debut, no one could know he would become calypso’s living conscience. Geoffrey Dunn recounts the life and times of the inimitable Lord Superior.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Photograph by  Colin D. Young/Shutterstock.com

Back and fort

The Caribbean’s history of wars and colonisation has left an extraordinary legacy of military architecture, some of it nearly five centuries old. Recognised today as historic sites, these forts and naval bases are a reminder of the often bloody past that shaped our present.

Photograph by Salim October/Shutterstock.com

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.

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