Tobago therapy | Caribbean Beat

Written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine (January/February 2017) You may be forgiven for thinking that Carnival is an ever-present phenomenon in both Trinidad and Tobago at this time of year. But what if you’re a local or an international visitor who’s not really into Carnival? What if you’d much prefer to escape and recharge on the open water, under a waterfall, on a beach, … Continue reading Tobago therapy | Caribbean Beat

Sun, sea and whales | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 Whale-watching may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean, but last December saw the formation of a new organisation, CARIBwhale, designed to change that. In the face of growing aggression from powerful pro-whaling interests worldwide, CARIBwhale is taking a stand to protect these giant creatures and their … Continue reading Sun, sea and whales | Caribbean Beat

Holy macaroni! | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2006 Macaroni pie and stewed chicken! Out in the wilds of New York/New Jersey, I hadn’t had any for so long. All that cholesterol-laden goodness. I could taste it in my mouth. The problem was, I’d never actually made macaroni pie myself. And there was no one around to make it for me. I’d tasted plenty … Continue reading Holy macaroni! | Caribbean Beat

It’s a brown world | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2003-04 “Psssst! Red gyal! Spanish!” After “family”, those are the greetings I most often get from our always-friendly Trini male population. You may accuse them of being boldfaced, but you can’t say they don’t have a strong grasp of Trini ethnography. Brown skin and curly hair, like mine, usually mean a girl is one of two … Continue reading It’s a brown world | Caribbean Beat