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Rocket launch from CSG - Mike duTo

Rocket payload fairings wash up in Barbados post launch from Guiana Space Centre (CSG), French Guiana

Barbados has always been the destination for things that drift across the Atlantic such as: Thor Heyerdahl’s Ra Expeditions , Dr. Alain Bombard, The loss of The Kent – a letter in a bottle story, The story of John Heller, Survivors arriving in Barbados in May 1942 from ships sunk by German U-Boats and British …

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Liat St Vincnet HS748

Nine Mornings – A St. Vincent and The Grenadines Christmas Tradition

Christmas time in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was special in the 1970’s. Work was at a slow pace and in early December I began to hear about Nine Mornings. This tradition started almost a hundred years ago when the local Catholic Church held early morning services on the nine days before Christmas. On the …

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Efficient or Effective customer service? Process gone wrong

This is a true account of a day dealing with a large international company. It could have been any that operate without any care for their customers. Their competition is no better. The office was recently remodelled. Instead of standing in line you went to a machine and selected what you wanted to do by …

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Blue Box Cart - 1983 Sailor Mas

Blue Box Cart. The growing years 1982 to 1991

At COT Printers, sometime in the last week of July 1982 a planning committee with Nigel, Claire, Bob and Jeffrey for the upcoming Kadooment is in progress. A few drinks soon produced a cart used to move paper around the office. A wooden box arrived and was nailed to it. Someone had Blue paint and the name that has …

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Ra II off Barbados

Thor Heyerdahl’s Ra Expeditions to Barbados: RA-I 1969, RA-II 1970

Thor Heyerdahl was born in Norway in 1914. After studying at the Oslo University he went to the Marquesas Islands in the Pacific. He and his wife studied the possibility that the Pacific Islanders could have migrated from South America many centuries before. World War II interrupted his work. He served with the free Norwegian …

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Run Barbados Marathon 2015

Run Barbados Marathon – Fri 4 Dec to Sun 6 Dec 2015
Fun Mile, 5km, 10km, Half Marathon & Full Marathon

Press Release – BTMI engages local sports management team, Island Races, to coordinate a repositioned Run Barbados Marathon Weekend –   BRIDGETOWN, Barbados. 10 JULY 2015 – Run Barbados 2015, kicks off on the weekend of Dec. 4 – 6, is set to be bigger and better in 2015 with… When this press release was …

Run Barbados Marathon – Fri 4 Dec to Sun 6 Dec 2015
Fun Mile, 5km, 10km, Half Marathon & Full Marathon
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Mustique Airport

A day trip to Mustique – St. Vincent & The Grenadines

I worked for 2 years in St. Vincent with Cable & Wireless. These were some of the good times of my life. Work hard and play hard. C.O. Williams operated a quarry in Mespo Valley and did general road works. It was managed by a Bajan, Keith Weeks. Keith was not the type of manager that …

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Hurricane Ivan 2004 - Grenada

Hurricane Ivan 2004 – Emergency radio service in Grenada

Grenada is a volcanic island of 90,000 people that is a major producer of nutmeg, cloves and other spices.  Its known as the “Spice Island”. On Tuesday 7th September 2004 Grenada was was struck by Hurricane Ivan (a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale). For nearly 12 hours the island was subjected to storm …

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Hong Kong Sevens 2014

Bajan & Trini sports ambassadors – HK Sevens, March 2014

Barbados and Trinidad both had teams competing at the 2014 Hong Kong Sevens.  Both teams were knocked out in the qualifier round.  That didn’t matter.  It was just a joy to see Barbados and Trinidad competing on the international stage. The Bajan team were a mixture of local boys and British boys whose parents or …

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Mac Fingall 1966

Crop Over 1988 – Mac Fingall

One Night in a Calypso Tent Imagine …. Crop Over circa 1988. Gymnasium, standing room only with Untouchables. RPB, Bumba, Duke Check-e.d. Shirt WBB, Ras Iley, Miss B, De Devil, Prince Yellow pouring out sweet Calypso and Ragga Soca. Mac Fingall as M.C. keeping it hot between each performer. The audience enjoying every moment. Ready …

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