"Caribbean"?

What does “Caribbean” mean? Is it just a geographical description, or a cultural definition, an aspiration, a state of mind? I’ve been thinking about the question of “Caribbeanness” a lot…

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Who saw the Panto?

In today’s Jamaica Gleaner Tanya Batson-Savage writes a decidedly lukewarm review of Zu-Zu Macca, this year’s Jamaica Pantomime (read Kellie Magnus’s feature on the Panto in the November/December 2005 issue…

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The seven wonders of the Caribbean?

Prompted by the announcement that a group in Switzerland is compiling a list of the seven current wonders of the world, the BBC Caribbean Service is soliciting suggestions for Caribbean…

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"What the black image means"

Reconstruction: Legbara in Space, by Oya Tyehimba, from the Curator’s Eye II show at the National Gallery of Jamaica I am particularly intrigued by what the black image means in…

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January/February issue online

This announcement is a week and a half late–sorry!–but: the latest issue of Caribbean Beat, January/February 2006, is online at our website. Highlights include: – a big feature on four…

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Wayback when

Want to see what the Caribbean Beat homepage looked like on 4 May, 1999? Check here–courtesy the Wayback Machine. Other archived versions are indexed on this page. The Wayback Machine…

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Would Naipaul be published today?

I’m a born prankster – would that qualify me for a job at the Sunday Times?From the look of things it just might. The Sunday Times recently pulled a fast…

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Caribbean maps a la Google

The Island Tips blog has added to its site a number of Caribbean maps based on the Google Maps API marked with sites of interest. The list currently includes of…

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The dirt on maps

  It’s common knowledge that Nicholas prefers to travel with maps, and there must be other readers of this blog who will also appreciate this collection of soil maps of…

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"How it is done"

This email arrived yesterday–I’ve left out the writer’s name, but otherwise it’s verbatim: I from South Africa and I would like to attend the next Trinidad & Tabago carnival. I…

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