Issue 84
(March/April 2007)

In this Issue:

Australian batsman Michael Clarke. Photograph by Robert Taylor

Who will triumph in the Caribbean in 2007?

As the world's top cricketers gather in the Caribbean for the ICC Cricket World Cup, James Fuller looks at the strengths and weaknesses of each team


The cricket-lover’s instant guide to the Caribbean

Sun, sea, sand, nutmeg fields and rainforests. Apart from thrilling cricket, what else can you expect as you follow the World Cup tournament

Illustration by James Hackett

Deep, backward, short and silly

Do cricket terms confuse you? Can't tell a silly mid-on from a deep fine leg? Read on. BC Pires will take you by the hand and guide you

DJ Chickie, the pioneer of music-in-between-overs. Photograph by Thaddeus Price

A view from the cricket stands

With names such as Gravy, Chickie, His Majesty King Dyal and Blue Food, colourful fans of West Indian cricket are an integral part of the game

Down the Mazaruni, the biggest tributary of the Essequibo. Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

A fort with a view: Kyk-over-Al

Nicholas Laughlin braves the heat as he goes in search of Kyk-over-Al, the ruined Dutch fort that is one of Guyana's most storied historical sites

Ioan Gruffudd as William Wilberforce and Romola Garai as Barbara Spooner in Michael Apted’s Amazing Grace. Photograph by Murray Close © 2006 Bristol Bay Productions LLC

Remembering abolition: 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade

Caroline Taylor looks at the various international events commemorating the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire

Perry Henzell. Photograph by

Perry Henzell: the master

In The Harder They Come, Perry Henzell created the most influential film ever made in the Caribbean. David Katz assesses his achievements

Laundry Lyrics: I follow the light and shoot on instinct. My fascination with light reveals a movement to self-portraiture. Photograph by Abigail Hadeed

Trees without roots

The isolation of descendants of migrant workers in Central America depicted through Abigail Hadeed's lens

Chris Gayle, ICC Champions Trophy Final 2006. Photograph by Clive Mason/Getty Images

Chris Gayle: man of the moment

Chris Gayle, an explosive talent and one of the best one-day players in the world

Charmaine Munroe a.k.a. Macka Diamond. Photograph by Philipp Kroll

Film buzz (March/April 2007)

Queens of Sound explores the challenges female artists face in the reggae scene • King At The Controls DVD pays tribute to King Jammy

Persona of an American tourist. Photograph by Jeffrey Chock

Caroline Taylor: packing light

In Pack Light, Trinidadian performer Caroline Taylor discovers herself

Professor Don Jacob demonstrates techniques from his Don Jitsu-Ryu system. Photograph courtesy Don Jacob

Don Jacob’s empire

Professor Don Jacobs builds an international karate empire with his indigenous martial arts system, Don Jitsu Ryu

Sting at last years Jazz Festival. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

Big acts for Tobago Jazz

Gladys Knight, Earth, Wind and Fire, Elton John, Diana Ross, Mary J Blige, LL Cool J, Sean Paul, Heather Headley perform at the Jazz Festival

Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Cricket (and a few other things)

It's cricket (and a few other things) happening in the Caribbean in March and April

Photograph courtesy Penguin Classics

The interesting author: Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative has long been seen as the first great narrative of slavery by someone who has been a victim of it

Peter Tosh. Photograph by David Corio

The rebel: Peter Tosh

Garry Steckles is flooded with memories of reggae superstar Peter Tosh, who was murdered 20 years ago

Trevor Berbick. Photograph by the Gleaner Company Limited

The fighting preacher: Trevor Berbick

Garnette Cadogan recalls the highs and lows of the late Jamaican boxer Trevor Berbick, who fought Muhammed Ali and Mike Tyson

Illustration by James Hackett

Hey, white boy

Pursued by vagrants and suitors, English journalist James Fuller takes to the cricket field in rural Trinidad

Abigail Hadeed

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