Artist: Ashley Bickerton

Barbadian born artist: Ashley Bickerton (1959 – 2022)

Ashley Bickerton, artist, born Barbados 26th May 1959; died Bali, Indonesia 30th November 2022. in 2021 Ashley Bickerton was diagnosed with ALS, (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – a form of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). ALS is is a progressive neurodegenerative disease without a cure that affects nerves in your brain …

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Reflections: Col. Duke’s Morris 8

The great thing about BajanThings is that the articles often trigger memories of Bajan days gone by. BajanThings reader Mark Layne wrote from Nova Scotia having read the article: “The Duke Affair – A West Indian versus the colonial establishment“, about Colonel Duke who was summarily dismissed by a new Governor in 1948 – the …

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World Fuel crisis, fuel poverty in 2022

2022 is the year of the world energy crisis. The cost of gas and electricity has skyrocketed. From the COVID-19 pandemic crisis over the last two years we have moved to Putin’s Ukraine annexation crisis and linked to that we now have a world fuel crisis – exacerbated by the onset of winter in the …

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The Gardens of St. Thomas – Friends’ equality even in death

The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Society of Friends or Friends or Quakers early burial grounds, consisted of simple grassy areas, appearing to be little other than tended gardens or fields. Graves were generally unmarked and often there were few outward signs that any burials had actually taken place. “1780 – N.B …

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Queen Elizabeth II visit to Barbados February 1966

Remembering EIIR 1926 – 2022

Here we remember HM Queen Elizabeth II (21st April 1926 – 8th September 2022). Queen Elizabeth II’s historic 70 year reign marks the end of Great Britain’s longest ever reigning monarch and a truly remarkable life of service. We take this opportunity to remember Queen Elizabeth II’s five state visits to Barbados: 1st February 1966 the …

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The Barbados Trailways Project Part 3 – tree planting

The Barbados Trailway Project The Barbados Trailway is a paved bicycle and pedestrian path located primarily on right-of-way lands of the former Barbados Railway. The Barbados Trailway Project The mission of the Barbados Trailway is: Converting the old Barbados Railway reserve into an accessible pathway for pedestrians, runners and cyclists. The Barbados Railway was a …

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Dame Freya Madeline Stark DBE

Freya Stark (married name: Perowne)

Dame Freya Madeline Stark DBE (31 January 1893 – 9 May 1993), was a British explorer and travel writer. She was the wife of the Barbados Colonial Secretary Stewart Perowne and was one of five passengers who travelled in May 1948 from Barbados to Trinidad to join the Empire Windrush for its historic passage to …

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Princes Albert and George of Wales visit Barbados aboard HMS Bacchante 1879

Prince Albert and Prince George visit Barbados while Midshipmen aboard HMS Bacchante in 1879

Prince Albert Victor and Prince George of Wales visited Barbados in December 1879 while midshipmen aboard HMS HMS Bacchante. While aboard HMS Bacchante as Midshipmen Prince Albert Victor and Prince George of Wales kept private journals and note books. These were published in full in two volumes in 1886 by Macmillan and Co. London. “The …

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