Post Tagged with: "Issue 129 (September/October 2014)"

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

The Amistad trial: a case for freedom

175 years ago, the famous Amistad trial was a turning point for the anti-slavery movement. James Ferguson revisits the landmark case.

Caribbean Bookshelf (September/October 2014)

Caribbean Bookshelf (September/October 2014)

This month’s reading picks — from Caribbean sci-fi to hard hitting essays about contemporary Jamaica.

Schoolchildren on an educational tour of Antigua’s offshore islands. Photograph courtesy the Antigua and Barbuda Environmental Awareness Group

It started with a snake

The sighting of a rare snake led to an ambitious initiative to protect Antigua’s tiny offshore islands. Joanne C. Hillhouse investigates the Antigua and Barbuda Environmental Awareness Group’s flagship project.

Photograph by Harol Baez

Stand apart: Kristy Collado

DR designer Kristy Collado crafts distinctive unisex jewellery for her Chejo line.

Healing With Horses camp participants interact with the project’s rescue horses. Photograph by Elspeth Duncan

Wishes and horses: Tobago’s Healing With Horses

Through contact with gentle equine companions and stimulating creative activities, Tobago-based Healing With Horses offers an innovative and life-changing therapeutic programme for differently-abled children. Elspeth Duncan describes a day in the life of the annual summer camp.

Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Word of mouth (September/October 2014)

Celebrating Divali in Trinidad, St Lucia’s creole heritage, and the legacy of Jamaica’s Miss Lou.

The trek to the summit of  Big Daddy follows the giant sand  dune’s sloping crest. Photograph by Ishwar Persad

Beating Namibia’s Big Daddy

Ishwar Persad went to Namibia to climb a giant sand dune. Along the way, he discovered a stunning desert ladscape, the ubiquitous oryx, the joys of Windhoek beer — and truly endless horizons.

Photograph by Gedwardsphotography.com

Caribbean Datebook (September/October 2014)

Events around the Caribbean (and further afield) in September and October — from music festivals to sports tournaments.

Playa Caracas, also known as Red Beach, was inaccessible to locals and visitors during the decades when Vieques was a US Navy base. Photograph ©ISTOCK.COM/JRROMAN

Vieques: playing Crusoe

For decades, the tiny island of Vieques, off Puerto Rico’s east coast, was known to outsiders — if at all — as a controversial US Navy base. But since the withdrawl of the military eleven years ago, Vieques’s gorgeous beaches and tranquil pace have attracted visitors in search of the “unspoiled.” Philip Sander finds out why.

The view from Pigeon Island across the causeway to Becune Point — current home of Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. Photograph ©ARGALIS/ISTOCK.COM

St. Lucia: an island made of words

The natural beauty of St Lucia won the island its old nickname, “Helen of the West Indies” — and has inspired generations of poets and artists, including Derek Walcott, Nobel laureate and St Lucia’s most famous son. Walcott’s poetry lives in the landscape, writes Vladimir Lucien, and vice versa, offering visitors a lyrical portrait of praise.