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Punk’s Pussy Riot protestor on keeping activism alive
ower to the people: Where have we heard that before? In the 1960s, to be sure. And again today in “Read & Riot,” an invigorating new guide to radical protest by Pussy Riot founder Nadya Tolokonnikova. Most of the world first heard of the punk art collective when Tolokonnikova and two others were arrested in an anti-Putin protest inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in 2012. Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, whose prison memoir, “Riot Days,” came out last year, were sentenced to two years in prison on charges of hooliganism. Since their pardon in late 2013 as the Kremlin tried to clean up its image before the Sochi Olympics, they have travelled the world as global
celebrities, speaking out about their ordeal behind bars. Tolokonnikova’s stomach-churning description of the barbarous conditions of the labour camp where she was sent will resonate with activists in the U.S. protesting their own penal system. She sees numerous parallels between the two countries — “When two people fight for a long time, they end up looking more and more alike” — and between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. She hopes to spark protest against “a cosmic rise in inequality, the global empowerment of oligarchs, threats to public education and health care, plus a potentially fatal environmental crisis” with a DIY spirit and “pirate” mentality. The book is divided into a series of 10 “rules,” one per chapter, each accompanied by tactics and strategies
and enlivened by quotes from some of her cultural and political heroes. That’s a long list that includes Vaclav Havel and Noam Chomsky, Emmeline Pankhurst and bell hooks, Bernie Sanders and Diogenes the Cynic. Tolokonnikova, a self-described nerd who has read widely and deeply, fairly bursts with all the energy and passion you’d expect of a bright, thoughtful idealist who’s not even 30. She credits the Riot Girls feminist punk movement of the 1990s for inspiration as well as the radical protesters of the 1960s, who took their fight for civil rights and against the Vietnam War to the streets. Her joyously anarchic, radically egalitarian spirit recalls a revolutionary of that earlier era, Abbie Hoffman, whose 1971 manifesto, “Steal This Book,” offered tips on how to live for free and on the run.
Authors in frame for national honours A story collection by Lauren Groff, an Italian novel translated by Jhumpa Lahiri and poetry by Terrance Hayes were among the finalists announced for the US National Book Awards. Judges selected by the National Book Foundation chose five nominees in each of five categories — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, young people’s literature and translation — narrowed from longlists of 10 authors that came out last month. Winners will be revealed Nov. 14 during a dinner ceremony in Manhattan, when honorary awards will be given to Isabel Allende and to Doron Weber of the Sloan Foundation. Groff, a fiction finalist in 2015 for the novel “Fates and Furies,” was nominated Wednesday for “Florida.” Others in fiction include Jamal Brinkley for his debut book of stories “A Lucky Man,” Brandon Hobson for “Where the Dead Sit Talking,” Rebecca Makkai for “The Great Believers” and Sigrid Nunez for “The Friend.” In a year when few literary works had commercial success, two of the most talked about novels appeared on the longlist, but not in the
final five: Tommy Orange’s debut novel “There There” and Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage,” which Oprah Winfrey selected for her book club. Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former National Book Award fiction finalist, is among the nominees in the newly created translation category. She was cited for her work on Domenico Starnone’s “Trick.” Others chosen were Tina Kover, who translated Negar Djavadi’s “Disoriental” from the French; Martin Aitken, who translated Hanne Orstavik’s “Love” from the Norwegian; Margaret Mitsutani, who translated Yoko Tawada’s “The Emissary” from the Japanese; and Jennifer Croft, who worked on the English edition of the acclaimed Polish author Olga Tokarczuk’s “Flights.” In nonfiction, books touched upon everything from American Indians in the 18th century to poverty and capitalism in the country today. The nominees are Colin G. Calloway for “The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation,” Victoria
Johnson for “American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic,” Sarah Smarsh’s “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth,” Jeffrey C. Stewart for “The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke,” and Adam Winkler for “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights.” Hayes, a National Book Award winner in 2010 for “Lighthead,” is in the poetry category this year for “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin.” Other finalists are Pulitzer winner Rae Armantrout for “Wobble,” Diana Khoi Nguyen for “Ghost Of,” Justin Phillip Reed for “Indecency” and Jenny Xie for “Eye Level.” In young people’s literature, finalists drew upon various narrative forms, from poetry to pictures, from fiction to nonfiction. Elizabeth Acevedo was a nominee
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While much has changed since Hoffman was the face of youthful rebellion, he would no doubt be smiling at a how-to section of Tolokonnikova’s book devoted to shoplifting in Moscow. “Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism” (HarperOne), by Nadya Tolokonnikova Ann Levin Associated Press RIVERHEAS BOOKS/ VIKING VIA AP
for her novel in verse “The Poet X,” the story of a Dominican teen and her immersion in slam poetry. M. T. Anderson, a National Book Award winner in 2006 for “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party,” collaborated with Eugene Yelchin on the illustrated “The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge.” Other finalists were Leslie Connor for “The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle,” Christopher Paul Curtis for “The Journey of Little Charlie” and Jarrett J. Krosoczka for his graphic memoir “Hey, Kiddo.” Awards judges, who include writers, critics and other members of the literary community, chose from more than 1600 books submitted by publishers. Winners in the competitive categories each receive $10,000. In translation, the prize money is divided between the author and translator. HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer
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My perfect Bahamian weekend Matthew “Matt” Bain Saturday Lunch or Sunday Brunch?
Interview 4-5 Gillian Curry-Williams talks to Jeffarah Gibson about fashion for the cause Music - 7 Artist Spotlight - Singer Landlord on taking Caribbean Gospel Music to the world
Fashion 8-9 Hits and Misses from the American Music Awards
Art 10 Banksy painting is going, going, gone
Music 11 Sasha the Duchess enters the world of RB
Food 12 Eat Atlantis Festival launch at Marina Village
Food 13 The popular International Food Festival returns
Photography 14-15 Underwater photographer Andre Musgrove showcases some of his dazzling images Movies 16 - 17 A look at the movie adaption of the New York Time Best Seller, The Hate You Give
Books 18-19 Meet the authors of the Sea Words Festival Gardening 20 Making the perfect salad with Jack Hardy
Literary Lives 21-24 Women who stole the hearts of billionaires Forgotten Facts 25 An early look at Wulff Road Puzzles 26 Animals 27
Geeesh Both! Saturday give me some pancakes with over easy eggs, turkey bacon and glass of apple juice. Sunday give me brunch with an ocean view and bottomless mimosas .
Beach or Sofa?
Sofa, Netflix and junk food.
Rum, Wine, Cocktail or Kalik? Moscato or Vodka and bottle of Advil and
What is the one thing that you cannot live without? My iPhone, debit card and passport
Weekend away, where would you go and why? Turks and Caicos baby. Quiet enough to relax but fast enough to give you a city life experience with amazing beaches and the most sexiest restaurants of course!
Things 2 Do this weekend Friday Eat Drink and Be Pink Time: 4pm Venue: British Colonial Hilton Every Friday during the month of October in honour of Breast Cancer Month. Pink Martini and Pink Margaritas Specials. Buy on get one 1/2 off. Great food and drinks. • Friday Comes Alive with Patron Hosted By Bristol Wines and Spirit Time: 5pm Venue: Halcyon Restaurant Bar and Lounge Dance into the weekend, Patron style. Call up your crew and brace yourselves for a #TGIF like never before with Friday Comes Alive with Patron. Match Day Bahamas Vs Antigua Time: 6pm Come out an enjoy a match-up between Bahamas and Antigua, Admission is free • 100 Jamz 25th Anniversary Block Party Time: 6pm - Midnight Venue: Shirley Street and School Lane Come celebrate with us with special guest performances, drinks and more • Harry Potter Night Time: 6.30pm Venue: Paint Your Own Pottery Get sorted into your house! Paint your own Owl, Hogwarts Castle, Dragon, Mug and much more! Indulge in Butter Beer and other
treats. Take pics with you and your friends at the photo booth. Call 557-3520 as reservations are required. • Pineapple Down Live Time:7.30pm Venue: Palm Cay Come listen to all your favourite original and cover songs by Pineapple Down live at Palm Cay. • Der Real Ting! Hosted By Shakespeare in Paradise Time: 8pm and Saturday Venue: Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts Art Exhibition and musical featuring the work of Eddie Minnis
Saturday • 23rd Annual International Culture Wine and Food Fest Time: 10 am - 6pm and continues on Sunday Venue: Botanical Gardens Since its reinstatement in 2009, the Festival has proved to be arguably the most popular Festival in The Bahamas attracting up to 25,000 visitors each year. Every year we add exciting new features, more booths and more stage presentations. Ever-popular with adults and children, the Festival provides fun activities for all ages. • Patchwork Potcake Adopt-aThon and Workshop Time:10 am Venue: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
In partnership with the Bahamas Humane Society (BHS), the NAGB will host a special adopt-athon paired with a workshop that invites visitors to play with and/ or adopt a puppy then create a “patchwork potcake”—a collage that reflects the personality of their favourite canine! This unusual workshop can be joined at any time during the three-hour period and will have a reduced price: $10 for adults and $5 for children. Ten percent of all proceeds will go to the BHS. • Junkanoo Throwback Party Time: 2pm Venue: Junkanoo World Horseshoe Drive Featuring the Peoples Junkanoo Rush. Children’s Junkanoo Lesson and Crafts. Live Bahamian Band. Local Grill and Bar. Celebrate being Bahamian through Music, Culture and Food. $5 Entrance Fee.
Sunday • 242 Colour Run 2018 Time: 7am Venue: Departs from Eastern Parade The 242 Colour Run is a non-competitive fun run/walk for all ages! The event is not timed and the prizes are drawn at random after the event! - Tons of great giveaways, randomly drawn by bib number at the after-party Benefiting East Nassau Charitable Trust.
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interview The women walked down the catwalk, faces staring straight ahead, not for a second revealing the agony of each step. These were very special models, women who were battling cancer. Some would win, others would lose. For Gillian CurryWilliams, the designer whose clothes they were modelling, this was an incredible moment. Here she tells Jeffarah Gibson her story.
Gillian Curry Williams
N a room that could easily hold 300 people, there were only 25 sitting in the audience. Despite their low number they were all eagerly anticipating the launch of what, in time, would become the Remilda Rose Designs annual fashion event. Remilda Rose is the label created by designer Gillian Curry-Williams designer. She knew leading up to the launch show at Breezes in 2016 that ticket sales were extremely low. But the thought of pulling the plug on the show was not an option. One simple reason was the models who would be taking to the catwalk that night. The veteran designer had enlisted five women fighting cancer to walk the runway in her latest creations. As the show opened the first two women took to the catwalk and for those looking on all they could see was two faces cool, calm and collected, dress flowing. In reality, however, both women were fighting through intense pain in their breasts. It was their unwavering commitment to the show Gillian wanted to especially honour. This was the reason why the show “had to go on”. “I had to do it just for them. Some of them were actually in pain backstage,” she told Tribune Weekend.
“One of the women had a lump in her breast that had grown tremendously. As for another, the doctor delayed telling her the cancer had spread. He saw how happy she was to be able to participate in the show and he did not want to give her any bad news.” There was a bubble of happiness among the women that had grown in the days leading up to the show. “I watched these ladies transform,” said Gillian. “They became so happy and began to feel so much better about themselves. It was almost as if they needed something like this to uplift them. “When you are going through something like this you need things that will make you feel better about yourself. After the show they were so proud of themselves and I was so happy to be able to provide for those women.”
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The success of Gillian’s first showcase was not measured in its attendance. All of the participants took away a greater sense of joy and empowerment they had not experienced before. Nevertheless the memories of this first show did not come without a sting in the tail. “Two months after participating in the show, two of women lost their battle with cancer,” said Gillian. “I was so crushed after hearing that news. But I also felt even much better to know that I did not cancel the show. And even though I was sad about their passing I was happy to know that I gave them the opportunity to feel empowered.” “The experience had such a great impact that one of the women’s family chose to bury her in the dress I made for her that night.” This first showcase confirmed Gillian’s philosophy on life - to give back in a way that uplifts survivors and those still in the fight against cancer. And as she plans this year’s event on October 21 at Superclub Breezes this is what she keeps in focus. “My father had cancer and passed away two years ago,” she said. “While he was still alive I would go with him for treatments. I was so moved by what I would see sometimes. So I kept asking God what could I do as a designer to help people going through cancer. Then I felt he placed on my heart to put this show on as a way to give back and uplift those people.” This year’s event is being held under the patronage of cancer survivor Erin Brown and part proceeds will aid The Cancer Society of the Bahamas. Among those who will be taking part in the show are Georgeann Farquarson, Cherise Evans Saunders, Jody Knowles, Frances Louise Gibson, Erin Storr, Zion Knowles, Toni Callender Lewis, Ivoine Ingraham and Ivan Francis. The show will feature Remilda Rose Design Spring/Summer 2019 collection including items made from Gillian’s special “Fabric of Hope”. “At the onset, I sit down and talk with the them one on one,” said Gillian. “I try to get sense of who they are, their personalities and their style. Then I make a mock-up of the gown that we have them try on. Sometimes a design works on paper and when you actually put it on the person it does not fit as well as you thought.”
“The experience had such a great impact that one of the women’s family chose to bury her in the dress I made for her that night.”
While it is the beginning of fall, colours that will be seen on the runway this year are a mix from all four seasons. “Attendees will will see plum, peach, yellow, royal blue, pink and in a multi-colour. We ask all them all what their favourite colours were and what colours they would love to wear,” said Gillian. As for the gents in the show: “We style everything for them, their jewellery, their accessories, their shoes. Then we let them keep everything after the event in addition to giving them gifts.”
This initiative is one of many events that have marked Gillian’s evolution and rebirth as a designer with over 30 years of experience in the local fashion industry. While she has been making garments since the age 14, in 2010 Gillian, the 50, wanted to try something new and moved to attend The Academy of Design in Toronto, subsequently graduating as the valedictorian with the showcase of an incredible graduation collection: ‘Manifestation’. Armed with her renewed confidence and matching credentials she returned
to Nassau on December 30, 2012 to re-establish herself. A year later she married the love of her life Franklyn KM Williams on September 5, 2013. Gillian marked the re-establishment of her brand and marriage by debuting her first new collection in a show called “Rebirth” held on January 25, 2015 at The National Art Gallery. She also launched Remilda Rose Designs, a name inspired by two of her heroines: Remilda Ethelyn Davis-Taylor her grandmother and Letitia Rose Taylor-Curry her mother.
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Landlord
In praise of the
Landlord By CARA HUNT Tribune Features Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
ahamian gospel artist Landlord may have taken a small break from recording, but the popular singer has not been idle during his time away from the studio. He has been busy expanding not just his personal brand but that of other regional artists through his syndicated shows played on gospel radio and TV stations all over the Caribbean, North America and Africa. And his efforts to take Caribbean gospel music global are paying off. Just recently, he won the Prayze Factor People Choice Awards for both TV Host of the Year and TV Show of the Year (Postive TV with Landlord) Founded and produced by Apostle Dr Teresa Jordan (affectionately known as Pastor T) The Prayze Factor Awards are a platform specifically and strategically formatted to bring maximum exposure to the inspired artists movement. The awards expose faith based arts on a national/international level with
major market radio, television and industry exposure. “This was such an honour and privilege for me to be chosen because there were people from more than 25 countries up for the award,” he told Tribune Weekend. “When they announced that I was the winner, I was so shocked, but elated.” Part of his efforts has been to create the Caribbean Spotlight - a countdown of some of the hottest gospel songs. “I noticed that there were a lot of similar countdowns for secular music, but not for gospel, so that’s one of the things that we wanted to do,” he said. Hosting both the radio and TV shows has also allowed him to try his hand in the production and distribution side of the music industry. “I feel that the technical side of the industry is where in particular Bahamians don’t have that much of a head start and need to catch up,” he said. In addition to his shows, Landlord said he has a few projects in the works, including a return to the studio to record some new music. “It’s a very busy time for me and I am so blessed. I feel like I am just
sitting in the back seat of a vehicle being driven by God.” Landlord was born Orlando Francis and grew up in extreme poverty. He endured many tests throughout his youth which are now reflected in his music - a unique blend of gospel and reggae. He got his name Landlord from his friends who called him Lord of the Land or Landlord for his “impeccably executed” shoeless street gymnastics. You can catch Landlord’s Caribbean artist spotlight countdown, every Sunday at 8am and Monday through Friday at 12pm on Tempo TV.
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The Weekend Fashion Report 2018 American Music Awards
With Alesha Cadet and Cara Hunt
Cara says “ I love me some Taylor, but this over the top ensemble is giving me a headache. I can’t tell but is she wearing red panties or are the red sequins just strategically placed? “The boots just take it migraine level.” Alesha says: “I mean, I don’t hate it and she doesn’t look awful. I have seen worse outfits but Taylor always gets that ‘in the middle’ or ‘on the fence’ vote from me with her outfits. So yes, I’m split between loving it and hating the outfit. I love the hair and make-up though, very edgy.
Cara says: “So social media was all abuzz about this mask, was it just a crazy fashion accessory or was she making some political statement about silent voices? Nobody knows and of course she wasn’t saying behind the mask. If it was a statement, cool because otherwise this is a hot mess -it looks like a sheep in a vat of pink dye. Alesha says: LOL seriously! Okay I understand it’s October, yes it’s the month of Halloween and that explains it all. There is no other excuse to wear something like this at an awards show. No, no and no.
Cara says: “OMG I have to admit, I am here for all the flowers and the drama. You go looking like you swallowed the whole flower shop. I know it’s a total costume but yea, I love it. “ Alesha says: “This isn’t my favourite outfit but I am that type of person, once I am a fan of an artist, I like everything they wear. Cardi B and Rihanna wear the most random things at times but I love it! I also love the fact that these high fashion designers love to have her model their gowns at red carpet events.”
Cara says: “This dress looks like she is wearing the galaxy for some reason. She looks like she is playing dress up with her mom’s dress. It just doesn’t look made for her, if you know what I mean.” Alesha says: “No, no and no. She is so beautiful and her stylist did her totally wrong with this dress. Halloween came a few weeks in advance for her too, I don’t like it. I love the braids. Again, she is so gorgeous otherwise.”
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The Weekend Fashion Report 2018 American Music Awards Part 2
With Alesha Cadet and Cara Hunt
Chloe x Halle
Cara says: “This is hideous. It’s like a circus ringmaster who has had a really bad day. I mean, how did she think this is cute? Everything is ridiculous from that ugly hat to the skirt that looks like Christmas fringe to the tacky boots. Alesha says: “LOL okay Tyra. I know she is currently promoting her ‘Life Size 2’ movie so maybe this is a part of the get-up. It’s a very playful outfit and it’s probably what she was going for. If it is, then I guess it’s fine.”
Cara says: “So I really don’t like these dresses/ capes. I love how fresh the two colours look together, but they are a bit shapeless. So, yea, not feeling these.” Alesha says: “Sigh come on what is going on? I feel like there is something I am missing because everyone is not getting any 10/10s. These are full on night gowns worn by the sisters. The only thing cute about these outfits are the outstanding colours. Seriously come on…for the AMAs, no way.”
Cara says: “J Lo always brings it and I think this bubble gum inspired dress is lovely. It is a style staple of hers, but hey, if it ain’ broke don’t fix it.” Alesha says: “Jennifer is so adorable and this pink on her is popping. She hardly does any wrong with her outfits and she is rocking this dress per usual. I would swap the heels for one strap sandal heels but, it’s fine, Jennifer still wins.”
Mary Mary Tina Campbell (left) and Erica Campbell (right) Cara says: “Let’s start with Tina. Sometimes black and yellow can have the effect of looking like a bumble bee, but this isn’t that bad, I actually like the top a lot, but don’t really care for the overlay on the skirt. Erica’s dress is really pretty. I loved that she decided to toughen up the delicate folds of the dress with the metallic belt and necklace.” Alesha says: “Alesha says: yasssss Erica, slay. I love the hair, make-up and the gown. I can do without the gloves but the fashion expectation was obviously not high at this show so I’ll take it. Okay sister Tina, I love the yellow pop of colour in the outfit. I also like the sheer top but the added sheer skirt is a total miss.”
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Going... going... gone
work by the elusive British street artist Banksy self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers moments after being sold for $1.4 million. In an Instagram post Banksy claimed the dramatic artistic payoff had been years in the making. The spray-painted canvas “Girl With Balloon” went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London, fetching more than three times its pre-sale estimate and equaling a record price for the artist. Then, as an alarm sounded, the painting ran through a secret shredder embedded in the frame, leaving half the canvas hanging from the bottom in strips. A post on Banksy’s official Instagram account showed the moment — and the shocked reaction of those in the room — with the words “Going, going, gone...” A video was later posted on the account, stating: “A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting in case it was ever put up for auction.” The video showed images of a shredder being implanted into a picture frame along with footage of Friday’s auction finale. Banksy’s spokeswoman, Jo Brooks, confirmed the post was genuine. Sotheby’s — which had noted before the sale that the work’s ornate gilded frame was “an integral element of the artwork chosen by Banksy himself” — appeared as shocked as anyone else. “It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, head of contemporary European art at the auction house. Sotheby’s said it was “in discussion about next steps” with the buyer, whose identity was not disclosed. Some art-market watchers say the work could be worth even more in its shredded state. “We have not experienced this situation in the past where a painting spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a record for the artist,” Branczik said. “We are busily figuring out what this means in an auction context.” Geneva-based artist Pierre Koukjian, who was at the auction, said
People watch as the spray-painted canvas “Girl with Balloon” by artist Banksy is shredded at Sotheby’s, in London, A Banksy artwork selfdestructed moments after being sold at auction for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million), in a prank apparently orchestrated by the elusive street artist. PIERRE KOUKJIAN VIA AP
In this undated photo provided by Sotheby’s the spray-painted canvas ‘Girl with Balloon’ by artist Banksy is pictured. SOTHEBY’S/VIA AP
the buyer was “very lucky” to own a now-historic piece. He called Banksy’s prank “a turning point in the history of contemporary and conceptual art”. Koukjian, who has met Banksy, said he is sure he caught a glimpse of the artist in the sale room amid the confusion of the moment. “What he did is really shocking, in a good way,” Koukjian said. “I think it will be historic and people will talk for a long time about it.” Brooks would not say whether the artist had been at the auction. She said Sotheby’s had been “100 percent” unaware of the planned stunt. Banksy is not the first artist to deconstruct his own work. In the years
after World War II, German-born artist Gustav Metzger pioneered “autodestructive art,” creating paintings using acid that ate away the fabric beneath. Banksy, who has never disclosed his full identity, began his career spraypainting buildings in Bristol, England, and has become one of the world’s best-known artists. His mischievous and often satirical images include two policemen kissing, armed riot police with yellow smiley faces and a chimpanzee with a sign bearing the words “Laugh now, but one day I’ll be in charge.” He also has a penchant for elaborate pranks.
In 2005, he hung an image of a spear-toting ancient human pushing a shopping cart in the British Museum, where it remained for several days before being discovered. The next year he smuggled a life-sized figure of a Guantanamo Bay detainee into Disneyland, and in 2015 he erected a full-scale dystopian theme park — “Dismaland” — by the British seaside. “Girl With Balloon,” which depicts a small child reaching up toward a heart-shaped red balloon, was originally stenciled on a wall in east London and has been endlessly reproduced, becoming one of Banksy’s best-known images. JILL LAWLESS Associated Press
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The Duchess heading for
ith a sound that fuses traditional and contemporary R&B, Sacha The Duchess is the newest female artist to hit the music scene. The singer/songwriter first debuted at the 2018 Elevation Awards performing her first single “Mr. Lover”. With its heavy hitting beat, heated lyrics and intoxicating trap vibe, Mr. Lover has been hailed as a true lady’s anthem. When asked about what inspired the song, the Duchess opened up about an engagement that did not end with wedding bells. “Late one night I got a message from my ex saying that he was checking up on me and missed me. It seemed ridiculous because he was married now, and I had also moved on. I was going to respond but instead decided to write out my feelings, at the end of it, Mr. Lover was born”. With positive reviews from industry leaders, The Duchess is confident she is headed down the right track. Her first memories of falling in love with music was as a child. “Whenever I would spend the weekend with my grandmother, my Uncle Jermaine would play the piano while I pretended to be Whitney Houston, emphasis on ‘pretend’,” she jokes. Like most Bahamians, she was also very involved in church, singing in the children’s choir and later on with the Praise & Worship team. However, a life of music seemed unrealistic as a career and she switched her focus to academics and community development. She went on to serve as CARICOM Youth Ambassador and to attain a Bachelor in Law degree, followed by a Master’s in International Relations from Jilin University in China. Despite these accomplishments, the love for music simply would not go away. In 2016 she made the bold decision to pursue her lifelong dream of being a singer.
Female artist, Sacha The Duchess
“I realized that ‘realistic’ is whatever I deem it to be” “I realized that ‘realistic’ is whatever I deem it to be,” she said and her first move was to begin performing as lead vocalist for the band Haeven. Not too long afterwards she found herself in the studio recording and has even begun writing for other local artists. The young singer also already has several follow up songs in the pipeline, which she expects to share in November. Before that however, The Duchess has a special surprise as she recently wrapped up a music video shoot for Mr. Lover. With well-known videographer Kyle Ferguson of Jiggy Productions behind the lens, The Duchess promises it will be a “game changer”.
When asked what she wanted people to take away from the upcoming video, she said: “First, that people see me as an artist and one that cares about her craft. Secondly, I want women to feel empowered and able to celebrate being emotionally and mentally free of a man who didn’t appreciate them or be encouraged that they can and will get to that place like I did.” With a video release planned for October, the world patiently awaits to give its reviews on this newcomer. But while we wait, The Duchess remains busy in the studio already working on her EP which she plans to release early next year.
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Chefs’ showcase has Marina Village rocking By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Writer email@example.com
HE PARADISE Island Marina Village became a beehive of activity this past Saturday, as Bahamians and tourists alike attended the “EAT” Food and Beverage Festival. As part of its “Bahamas at Heart” evolution, Atlantis tasked its culinary team with creating a six-week restaurant showcase called “EAT: Extraordinary Taste @Atlantis”. The event is designed to give guests and residents an opportunity to preview some of the resort’s newest dishes with specially-curated chef tasting menus at 14 of the resort’s restaurants.
The EAT showcase started October 1 and will run until November 11 and features casual and signature three and four-course meal options on prix fixe menus. With a kick-off festival to introduce the restaurant showcase, organisers last weekend, fully engaged Marina Village and transformed the area into a sip and savour adventure that included over 30 samples of cocktails, wines, spirits and beers. Beverage vendors on site included companies like: Bacardi, Liquid Courage, Bahamas Food Services, 700 Wines and Spirits, Pirate Republic, Coca-Cola, and more. Restaurants who took part included Atlantis’ Seafire Steakhouse, Carmine’s, The Village Burger Shack, Marina Pizzeria,
Frankie Gone Bananas and the Pirate Republic Taproom. Highlights also included live entertainment by artists such as Willis and the illest, and a Junkanoo Rush out. One patron in attendance with her family told Tribune Weekend the event was a nice way to introduce the restaurants at the Marina Village. “I love to dine and I love adding new venues to my dining list. This is a great way to get persons involved in the offerings here in the village. Back in the day persons would just come on over to just take a scroll and enjoy the views and the sites. But you can actually come here and have dinner. So yes I will be back here to try out the offerings on the EAT Menus around,” said Katrina. Another patron, Jessica Miller, spoke of the added entertainment to the space. A fan of live bands herself, the local said it felt great being in a space where she felt safe to just let loose and have a great time with girlfriends. “We have dinner reservations at Seafire tonight so this is like a win win. My ideal dinner date is to hear a live band while I sit and enjoy a decent meal. I mean, the band is not physically inside the restaurant but it’s close enough and the vibes are just right. I am looking forward to much more events like this and more from Atlantis,” said Jessica. Atlantis’ Vice President of Food and Beverage, Michael MacDonnell, said after joining the team just a year ago, it is incredible to see the direction the Atlantis is headed in. “Our future of food and beverage, the things that we are doing, the cutting edge and the creative energy that we are working towards, we are just completely revitalising everything the Atlantis does from a food and beverage perspective. We are very excited as the festival is one of our first events and for us we wanted to connect with the local Bahamians and send a clear message that our campaign is Bahamas at heart. We want to live that and make
that come to fruition. This was an opportunity to give back to the community,” said Mr MacDonnell. He said person can be certain that next year Atlantis will go bigger and better with its food and beverage selections, even inviting celebrity chefs to attend the festival. “The plan is to host more festivals in the Marina Village. This is our first year we didn’t know what to expect and by looking around, I am very excited with what we have got. I just want to make sure that people are having an amazing time and that they are looking forward to next year or any events that we are going to do. Moving forward the direction for the Atlantis is always cutting edge, creative, aggressive marketing towards our local Bahamians. We want them here at the Atlantis enjoying what we do,” said Mr MacDonnell. Bahamians are encouraged to also enjoy the EAT Menu offerings via additional participating restaurants such as Fish by José Andrés at The Cove, Nobu, Bahamian Club, Todd English’s Olives, Murray’s Deli, Casa D’Angelo, Chop Stix and the Ocean Club Golf Course Clubhouse. “Each EAT menu was carefully and thoughtfully designed by teams of chefs from across the resort and also suggests beverage pairings to enhance the diner’s culinary experience and marriage of flavours. So what we did is, a set course menu, whether three or four course, and we have opportunities for people to come into our restaurants for $59 to enjoy,” added Mr MacDonnell. The EAT adventure will continue with a CVNE Spanish Wines special dinner to take place at the Ocean Club Golf Course Clubhouse on Saturday, October 20, in collaboration with the CVNE wine makers from Spain. For more information about the EAT programme, visit www.atlantisbahamas.com/EAT.
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“Food Festival” Back In Action This Weekend By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
T’S THAT time of year again, as festival season arrives with the highly anticipated International Culture Wine and Food event to take place this weekend at the Botanical Gardens. For two days beginning tomorrow at 10am - 7pm and again on Sunday at 10am - 6pm, gates will open for the 23rd annual celebration that over the years has attracted up to 25,000 visitors each year. Originally conceived as a celebration of United Nations Day, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Festival fosters friendly relations and understanding between Bahamians and the international resident community. This high quality organic experience has become an international signature event that serves to demonstrate just how diverse and cosmopolitan the Bahamas has become. Over the years the festival also provided a global platform for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to encourage foreign countries to consider staging food and cultural weeks as well as host more trade missions to the Bahamas. Organisers noted this strategically makes the Bahamas a far more interesting and sophisticated place to live and visit by broadening and deepening the vacation experience and quality of life that is available here. Principal organisers are Chairman Janet Johnson, Sheila Bethel, ViceChair and Marketing, and Directors Peter Goudie and Brendon Watson. “ Every year we add exciting new features, more booths and more stage presentations. Ever-popular with adults and children, the festival provides fun
activities for all ages. It is a lot of work but great to see thousands of Bahamians and visitors coming out to enjoy the food, fun, and cultural displays. It’s unique, nowhere else can you find such diversity of offerings which reflect the
cultural mix in the nation,” said Ms Bethel. Highlights this year will include cultural performances from several of the nations represented, a free concert by the group known as Scorched Conch, a fashion show sponsored by Coca Cola, and music and dancing all day long.
“ This year we are very grateful to the Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas for coming out in force to assist us with our banks, as it is a ‘cashless’ festival, with our own currency. Running the banks on site is a very challenging job. In addition to the fashion show, we took the decision to become ‘green’. We have helped the vendors to phase out the old styrofoam containers and we have moved to biodegradable. We take the concept of a ‘clean, green and pristine’ Bahamas very seriously and have partnered with our Platinum Sponsor Bahamas Waste, to ensure we keep the grounds as immaculate as possible, given the huge numbers visiting during the festival,” said Ms Bethel. Moreover, she expressed, the organisation will also be acknowledging the late, great, James Catalyn, who died earlier in the year, as he was indeed the visionary who started all this. “We just began where he left off and moved it further. We hope he is proud of what his dream became,” said Ms Bethel.
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A true mustsee movie with a real magical star THE HATE U GIVE RUNNING TIME: 132 MINS
he Hate U Give “ begins with a scene at the family dinner table where a father is giving his young kids “the talk” — the one in which he explains to his nine-year-old daughter, Starr, and toddler son exactly what to do when they’re pulled over by a police officer. Hands on the dashboard. No sudden movement. Answer the questions directly. Don’t elaborate. A teenage Starr (played by Amandla Stenberg, who gives an astonishing performance) is narrating this memory. She’s as surprised as the audience is that this “talk” was given at such a young age. But it’s one that will stay imprinted on her. For Starr and her family and friends, it’s a matter of life or death. And it’s a scenario that will come back in the most horrifying way imaginable. “The Hate U Give,” a popular young adult novel by Angie Thomas, is adapted with deft skill by Audrey Wells, a prolific and deeply humane screenwriter and filmmaker who died last week from cancer, and lovingly directed by George Tillman Jr. It’s love that permeates every corner of this very prescient and effective drama that should be seen by moviegoers of all ages. Starr Carter leads what she describes as a double life. Her home is in Garden Heights, a poor, predominantly black neighbourhood that her father, Maverick (Russell Hornsby) loves and feels attached to. Her prep school, Williamson, is wealthy and predominantly white and something that her mother, Lisa (Regina Hall), deems necessary.
Amandla Stenberg in a scene from “The Hate U Give.” (Erika Doss/20th Century Fox via AP)
(l-r) Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg and Common in a scene from “The Hate U Give.” (Erika Doss/20th Century Fox via AP) And she navigates these two versions of herself with self-prescribed decorum for both. “Williamson Starr doesn’t give anyone a reason to call her ghetto,” she says. “And I hate myself for doing it.” She keeps her white boyfriend Chris (K.J. Apa), and friends (Sabrina Carpenter and Megan Lawless) at a distance from her home life, which she manages pretty well until the night when she witnesses her childhood best
friend, Khalil (Algee Smith), get shot by a white police officer at a traffic stop. It’s a scene made only more devastating by how sweet everything is right before it happens. Starr and Khalil run into each other at a party that gets broken up and he offers to drive her home. He’s a little changed, sporting some fancy new clothes and shoes, as he’s started working for a local drug lord, King (Anthony Mackie), to help
support his family and pricey medical bills. The two high schoolers talk about music, and flirt and Khalil leans in to kiss Starr. On its own, this sequence is straight out of the best high school rom-coms, before it turns into a horror film. Khalil’s killing becomes a national story and Starr is torn about what to do. Testify? Go public? Put her name out there? Not only would she be exposing herself to her school pals, but back at home King and his cohorts have threatened her family, fearing she would put their operation in jeopardy, too. This debate leads to some fascinating conversations — illuminating and disheartening — between various people, including her uncle Carlos (Common), who is also a police officer, and a fiery activist, April (Issa Rae). But the most moving talks are the ones with her family. For as naturalistic and real as “The Hate U Give” is, it goes off the rails just a little bit at the climax to make its grand point about the effect of this kind of climate on innocents, but there is too much heart here to really nitpick at a little hyperbole. If there is any justice in Hollywood, this is the type of film that should make Stenberg a movie star who has her pick of projects. She’s the type of actress who can even make a role in a bad film sing. And in a very good one like “The Hate U Give”? She’s just magic. LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer
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With tenderness and toughness comes a great film about a terrible act 22 JULY RUNNING TIME: 144 MINS
Netflix shows Isak Bakli Aglen, left, and Jonas Strand Gravli in a scene from “22 July,” a docudrama about the 2011 Norway terrorist attack. (ERIK AAVATSMARK/NETFLIX VIA AP)
Isak Bakli Aglen, left, and Jonas Strand Gravli in a scene from “22 July.”
nders Behring Breivik probably thinks “22 July “ is about him. He’s the violent narcissist whose actions are at the heart of the film, but Breivik is really the enigma in its centre. No, “22 July” is about everyone other than Breivik — and that is a remarkable cinematic feat. This powerful, must-see film — written and directed by Paul Greengrass — explores several of the lives altered when right-wing extremist Breivik went on a deadly rampage in Norway in 2011, killing 77. How this could this hatred happen in the heart of prosperous Scandinavia? That’s the subtext. Greengrass is on the most slippery of slopes here — showing a mass murderer’s violence without glorifying it and letting the gunman explain himself without feeding supremacist hatred. He threads the needle brilliantly. His film becomes more than the sum of its parts: It’s a celebration of multiculturalism. Shot like a documentary, the first third of “22 July” lays out the horror of July 11, 2011, and the rest of the movie tracks how both a terribly wounded survivor, Viljar, (a stunning Jonas Strand Gravli )
and a lawyer for the gunman (a superb Jon Oigarden) struggle in its aftermath. Greengrass is known for employing a shaky cam and rapid-fire editing and those techniques are perfectly suited for examining this real, frightening moment. His other films dealing with real events include “Captain Phillips, “Bloody Sunday” and “United 93?,” and Greengrass leaned on Norwegian actors and the book “One of Us” by Asne Seierstad to make “22 July”. The writer-director shows real artistry in framing both the gunman (a frightening Anders Danielsen Lie) and his victims as opposites. The opening sequences show Breivik alone and silent, preparing his attack with icy precision. His soon-to-be victims at a summer camp, meanwhile, are laughing, hugging and clumsily putting up tents. Later, Greengrass will highlight the gunman’s fate — a closed cell in artificial light
— while the survivors are outside in twilight, the camera spinning 360-degrees to show the glorious Norwegian snowy landscape. On that fateful day, Breivik first set off a car bomb outside the government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight people and wounding dozens. He then drove to the island of Utoya, where he opened fire at a summer camp of the left-wing Labor Party’s youth wing. Greengrass does not film these sequences moodily or evocatively. They are brutal and the fear is palpable. “Come out, you Marxists!” the gunman screams on his hunting spree. “I have started a war,” he later announces. In the aftermath, we watch what Viljar goes through — multiple brain surgeries, a fake eye, relearning to walk. He wants to walk unassisted to the gunman’s trial. He and his younger brother, who was also there, are coming to grips
with the aftermath, and he’s inspired by a nurturing fellow survivor, Lara (a wonderfully understated Seda Witt). “I can’t live like this,” Viljar wails. “It’s all still here in my head.” Oigarden plays Brevik’s lawyer with an otherworldly calm. He clearly has no fondness for the murderer, but wants to offer his best defence possible, a noble higher calling. There are consequences — his family faces death threats, his marriage is strained and a nursery school tosses out his youngest. The rampage’s after effects also are felt in the office of the prime minister, trying to see what went structurally wrong. Greengrass adds context for the attacks, with characters referencing the rightward tilt to European politics and even the United States. “There’s a lot of fear and anger out there,” one right-winger says. “That is why tomorrow belongs to us.” (When the gunman is told his side will eventually lose, he responds coolly: “You can’t even see us.”) The film, which has meandered a little since its explosive start, comes to a climax at Breivik’s trial. Viljar’s victim’s impact statement is a brilliant aria about surviving violence and the power of life, and Lara, an immigrant herself, has her own powerful line: “I don’t see what’s so frightening about me.” With tenderness and toughness, Greengrass has made a great film about a terrible act. MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
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Meet the authors of SeaWords festival
eaWords Bahamas ALIV has attracted the participation of a host of talented people as workshop leaders and panellists, the majority of whom have published widely in many forms. Following are some of the authors who will share their inspirations, challenges and processes and read from their works during the Literary Festival and Writers’ Conference this November. Richard Coulson has written the memoir “A Corkscrew Life: Adventures of a Traveling Financier”, a technicolour movie in print of his peripatetic life. The book vividly describes his unique travels and the exceptional cast of characters he encountered. His adventures began at birth and continued into his childhood with his glamorous mother in Nassau. Recently, he entered a US-based competition for stories under 1000 words with a fantasy tale he wrote last year called “The Dog in the Snow”. Following an Ivy League education and army service in Korea, he became a New Yorker, practicing law with a major Wall Street firm. His move into investment led to eight years in London, and his eventual return to Nassau, an offshore financial centre. Mr Coulson’s professional career has involved global projects, which took him to locations ranging from Latin America, Europe and the Far East, with particular emphasis on Mexico, making life-long friends along the way. He continues his work as a financial consultant and an author of articles and a monthly newspaper column. Mr Coulson is a member of the SeaWords Bahamas Aliv organising committee. Dr Christopher Curry serves as Associate Professor of History and Chair of the School of Social Sciences at University of the Bahamas and has published several books and articles.
Richard Coulson “Freedom and Resistance: A Social History of Black Loyalists in the Bahamas” appeared in 2017. He has also co-authored a three-volume series entitled “Social Studies for Bahamian Secondary Schools”, which is widely circulated throughout junior high schools. He is the co-author of “A History of the Churches of Christian the Bahamas”. Published articles include: “The Contributions of Baptists to Education in the Bahamas”, “A Critique of Bahamian Society After Emancipation”, and “Christianity and Slavery in the Bahamas: A Catalyst for
Dorothea L Davis Revolutionary Change or a Quest for Respectability.” Mr Curry has presented papers at several important academic conferences including Harvard University’s 2010 Atlantic World Summer Institute. In 2004, he researched and coproduced a 13-week television series on Bahamian history entitled “Time Longer than Rope: The History of the Bahamian People”. Dr Curry currently serves as the chair of the National Reparations Commission and is the director of Education on the Clifton Heritage Authority Board.
Felicity Lindsay Johnson Dorothea L Davis (nee Francis) is a product of the Fort Fincastle community of the 1940s and beyond. Her childhood was coloured with stories told by her aunts and uncle. She was unaware, at the time, that this was a cultural tradition passed on for generations as a means to amuse and entertain anyone willing to listen. In her first book, “Tales My Brothers Told Me And Other Myths”, Ms Davis recounts the stories of her elders and her brothers, who believed they were endowed with this gift. In her second book (soon to be published), “Reflections of a Bahamian Policewoman 1965
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- 1984”, she speaks to the events of that era, focusing primarily on her tenure in the Royal Bahamas Police Force. She is a 1958 graduate of St John’s College, a 20-year veteran of the Police Force, read law at Buckingham University, and currently lectures at the Police Training College. Rosemary Clarice Hanna is author of the book “Pictorial History and Memories of Nassau’s Over-The-Hill”. The work was driven by Ms Hanna’s distress at the decay afflicting her childhood neighbourhood. With over 300 colour and black and white images of churches, homes and families, the work paints a picture of what life was like in the Over-The-Hill area of New Providence. The historical narrative begins in the Dr Christopher Curry mid-19th century, following Emancipation, when the area was settled by freed slaves. It includes the settlement and development of the area, the role of the Church in that process, and introduces some of the people who lived and raised families there. Based on the book, Hanna’s documentary film “Nassau’s Over-The-Hill” premiered at Government House in 2014. She also hosted the educational TV series “The Bahamas – then and now”, centering on the preservation of Bahamian history, heritage, the creative arts and culture. As a member of the Volunteer Reading Project, she and other participants go into New Providence schools and summer camps to read and give books to the children. She is also a member of the Creative Nassau, an NGO, which succeeded in securing for Nassau, the membership in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) with the designation “Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts”. Ms Hanna is a member of the board of The Bahamian Project and one of its photographers. The Project features and exhibits portraits of people from all walks of life, creating a permanent collection of portraits for posterity. She was founding director of the Anglican Chorale and director of the senior choir at St Agnes Anglican Church – groups she served for 10 and 20 years, respectively. Ms Hanna holds associate degrees in Banking & Finance and Music from the College of the Bahamas, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada. She enjoyed a 40-year finanRosemary Clarice Hanna cial services career and is an associate
of the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services. Felicity Lindsay Johnson is the author of “The Black Prince of Grant’s Town: The Life of a Bahamian Hero”, a combination of a memoir of her father, who served in World War II as a member of the Royal Air Force, and a well-researched history of the RAF in that extraordinary period. Ms Johnson graduated from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. She also holds teaching certification from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Arts from the University of Miami. She began her career in teaching at Government High and later joined the faculty at the College of the Bahamas. In 1984, she took up the study of law and articled in the Chambers of Sir Kendal Isaacs, QC. She was called to the Bahamas Bar in January 1988 and practiced in private chambers for 10 years before joining the then Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation as in-house legal counsel. She participated as a member of all government appointed committees during the lengthy privatisation process and also developed expertise in regulatory telecommunications law. She retired from BTC in 2013 and, in 2015 joined Cable Bahamas as general counsel for both REV and the country’s second cellular licencee Aliv. In 2017, Ms Johnson was the recipient of the Women of Distinction Global Leadership Award in Telecommunications. She is a member of the Bahamas Bar Association, the
Bahamas National Trust and the Historical Society. She has written several articles on contemporary topics which have been published in the local media. Helen Klonaris is a Bahamian writer and teacher who lives between Berkeley, California and Nassau. She teaches comparative mythology and religion at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Ms Klonaris’ “If I Had the Wings”, a collection of short stories, was longlisted for the prestigious 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction have been published in numerous journals including Calyx, So to Speak, The Caribbean Writer, Poui, Small Axe Salon, Proud Flesh, Anthurium, Tongues of the Ocean, Sargasso, Yinna, and Lucayos. Her work also appears in several anthologies, including “The Racial Imaginary: Writers and the Life of the Mind”, “Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories”, and “Let’s Tell This Story Properly”. Her short story “Cowboy” was shortlisted in the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and she was the International Writer in Residence in the 2017 Small Wonder Short Story Festival. Her early years in the Bahamas were spent working as a human rights activist. In 2015, she co-edited the anthology “Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices” with Amir Rabiyah. In 2017, her debut collection of stories “If I Had the Wings” was published by Peepal Tree Press. Additionally, she was the founder and co-founder of several socially significant organisations, including The Rainbow Alliance of the Bahamas, and several literary journals, collectives, and associations, including WomanSpeak, a Journal for Caribbean Women’s Literature and Art and most recently, the Bahamas Writers Summer Institute. Ms Klonaris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Wesleyan University, has studied with renowned Caribbean writers at the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute at the University of Miami, and received her Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California. Creative Nassau’s SeaWords Bahamas Literary Festival and Writers’ Conference will take place November 9-11, at Atlantis, Paradise Island.
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days Take advantage of the cooler conditions later this month and in early November to start growing your lettuces and greens, says Jack Hardy
hakespeare gave Cleopatra the lines: “My salad days/ When I was green in judgement”. For the gardener, salad days come when lettuces and greens are in abundance. For the Bahamian gardener that is from December to June. Lettuces and greens in general are cool weather crops. True lettuces exude white sap when cut or torn. It is a fascinating fact that the Romans were avid consumers of lettuce. One of their favourites was a tall lettuce from the Greek island of Cos; these days we call it Romaine. In order to have a full season of lettuces and greens we should be planting seeds during October and be taking advantage of the cooler conditions of late October and early November. Too much warmth leads lettuces to be bitter. A little bitterness is a signature feature of most lettuces, but too much bitterness is unpleasant.
Lettuces grow fast from seeds and can be transplanted from seed bed to garden in about two weeks from the first signs of above ground green. Lettuces have compact root systems so can be planted fairly close together but not touching. They love well-drained soil and medium fertility. You can help yourself to outside leaves whenever you have a need or wait until the plant is full and cut is fairly high, leaving a long stem and roots in place. Either way, the lettuce will continue to produce greenery. In the garden lettuces are best grown in grids rather than wasteful rows. You would be surprised at how many salads you can make from a small patch of plants – a dozen, let’s say, in three rows of four – that keeps renewing itself. The compact nature of lettuces makes them ideal for containers, especially rectangular tough plastic bins with drainage holes drilled in the base and then filled with good potting mix.
Fertilizer needs of lettuces are quite small and they enjoy a balanced diet of 6-6-6 granular fertilizer. What varieties to grow? If you are a lettuce eater at all you will fall into one of two categories. Category one is the Iceberg eater. Even though Iceberg lettuce is no more than crunchy water it is immensely popular with a majority of people and to them is the only true lettuce. They may consume Romaine under sufferance in emergencies but a wedge of Iceberg saturated in Roka dressing is the epitome of a salad. The other category of lettuce eaters will not eat Iceberg at all. Mixtures of young whole-leaf lettuces in reds, greens and bronzes are their ideal, often with a scattering of shoots and micro-greens – all organic, of course. Dressings are often disdained but sometimes simple home-made champagne vinaigrette makes an appearance.
Now a word for the Iceberg eaters: Because of our climate we cannot grow iceberg lettuces to the standard of those that come out of California and stock our produce shelves. Varieties available are usually much smaller than you are used to buying and the inside leaves tend to be greener, chewier and bitterer. Sorry about that. Of all the lettuce varieties we can grow the best choice is Loose-Leaf lettuce. The most popular Loose-Leaf lettuce is Simpson’s Black Seeded, a fast growing plant that tastes good and can be plucked of its leaves individually. Other varieties come in the shape of oak leaves and can be bronze. There are red lettuces that usually raise the eyebrows of those who have never confronted red lettuce before. Romaine lettuce grown in your garden should be cut when much smaller than those you see in the food store. You might have to discard the outer leaves. Cut fairly high and leave the roots in place to provide more leaves. Romaine lettuce is a must for Caesar Salad. Bibb or Boston lettuce has large floppy leaves that are bright green and very tasty. You certainly have seen it as an adornment. The individual leaves are 0ften placed on the bottom and around the perimeter of a serving bowl to cradle a potato or chicken salad. The most popular green – a plant we use along with lettuce to make a mesclun – is spinach, picked young. Spinach takes quite a bit longer than lettuces to establish itself but thereafter grows and replenishes itself quickly. My favourite green is Mizuna, from Japan. It has lacy leaves and grows very quickly. Another favourite is endive frisee. Once an individual plant reaches maturity you can give it a deep haircut with a pair of scissors and reap a mass of salad makings. If you cover a plant to completely keep light out the endive plant will turn white in about a month and taste exquisite. I have an old compost tumbler that does not tumble any more but it is a great place to lock up and blanch a few 3-gallon pots of endive frisee. There are dozens of varieties of greens that can be used to enliven a salad. You may have one already growing in your yard. The weed called pussley (purslane) locally tastes as good as any exotic green. Nip off the tufts of young leaves before flowering time and throw them into your next salad. Or your next stew.
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‘The Fortune Hunters’ Part I The secret to snagging a millionaire Sir Christopher Ondaatje writes about the author of “The Fortune Hunters” who explores the rich history of the dazzling women who have found glamour and wealth in the arms of billionaires.
harlotte Hays, a former gossip columnist for the New York Daily News, The New York Observer, and The Washington Times, as well as the co-author of “Being Dead
Author Charlotte Hays Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies’ Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral” and “Somebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn’t Catch That Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies’ Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding”, is the perfect author for “The Fortune Hunters”. What kind of a woman does it take to make the Midas marriage? Charlotte Hays answers this tantalising question. What are their recipes for riches? Can a genuinely nice woman pursue this career? What has love got to do with it? Hays casts a light on the determination, skill, and sometimes ruthlessness, that have shaped some of the most successful and lucrative unions of our time. “Somehow early on, in those halcyon days when I toiled for an alternate
newspaper in New Orleans, it became clear that I was destined to chronicle the lives of society ladies – it happened during carnival season. I wrote a piece about the ins and outs of being one of the city’s debutantes who were presented at Mardi Gras balls. Next came my exposé of the Junior League of New Orleans and then my revelations about the local art ladies. The die was cast.” Although “The Fortune Hunters” is the logical consequence of the kind of reporting Miss Hays started doing in New Orleans, it does have its roots closer to the surface. She had been living in New York working as a gossip columnist, first for the New York Observer and then for the New York Daily News, but was at a loose end when she received a call from a wellknown author and man about town.
Would she be interested, he wondered, in working with Carroll Petrie, a South Carolina model, who had been close to the Duchess of Windsor, on her autobiography? She knew nothing about her except that she was the Continues on page 22
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Continued fom page 21 recent widow of Milton Petrie, a noted philanthropist. When she went to see Mrs Petrie, who received her in her Fifth Avenue apartment, it was clear she was ambivalent about wanting to tell her story – which included being married to a titled playboy, a marriage that literally went up in flames when he died in a racing accident, and three subsequent marriages – but it was equally plain that she did not want to tell her story. Even after it became obvious that she had no intention of doing an autobiography, Hays could not stop thinking about the meeting. For somebody who had written society pieces most of her adult life, Carroll Petrie’s saga, from South Carolina to Paris to Fifth Avenue, with a friendship with the first lady of Argentina Eva Perón thrown in for good measure, was a pièce de résistance, but unfortunately Mrs Petrie was resisting. At about the same time as Miss Hayes was visiting Mrs Petrie she wrote an article for the New York Observer on Arianna Huffington, whose career she had followed avidly since she emerged as the girlfriend of a high-brow London journalist who set her on her march to fame and fortune; Lynn Wyatt, the Texas socialite, and Pat Buckley, then the doyenne of New York society. She followed this article with another, “Ladies in Waiting”, also published by the Observer, which dealt with “baby Pats”, or the missing generation of social dominatrixes who would run New York’s black-tie circuit in the 21st century. Carolyn Bessette Kennedy was one of her subjects. You would think that Miss Hays had had enough of women who aspire to – and obtain – power and money through marriage or other sorts of liaisons with men – from Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s mistress, to the modern fortune hunter. But far from it. She was intrigued by these women, and she had to find out why some succeed brilliantly, while others, perhaps even more beautiful, fell by the wayside. Thus it was inevitable that the literary agent Deborah Grosvenor and Hays would hit on the idea of a book on women who married the super rich. In fact, it might seem odd that an unmarried, penny-pinching journalist would undertake such a book, and several times the author was at her wit’s end trying to get to the bottom of what makes these women, a breed unto themselves, tick.
Madame de Pompadour snagged King Louis XV of France and was his chief mistress from 1745 to 1751.
Carolyn Bessette was a publicist for Calvin Klein when she married John F Kennedy Jr on September 21, 1996. Hays admitted that in writing the book she trod in the sacred footsteps of Sheila Graham, another gossip columnist, who did not marry money but wrote about how to do it. Miss Graham is best remembered today for having been F Scott Fitzgerald’s mistress in his down-and-out days in Hollywood, but she was also a prominent Hollywood columnist who in 1974 wrote “How to Marry Super Rich: or Love, Money, and the Morning After” – a delicious read. Hays decided that the time had come to re-examine the subject. If nothing else, she felt that the cast of characters had changed – even though
the redoubtable Marylou Whitney, then past 80, and married to a gallant four decades her junior, had the dubious distinction of having made it into both books. “Quite a bit has changed since Marylou began her marital career in the 1940s – the job of fortune hunter is evolving. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney fell for Marylou Hosford in the 1950s, in part because she was a great cook. It’s hard to imagine, say, John F Kennedy Jr marrying somebody because she could whip up a cheese soufflé. The trophy wife of today is more likely to
A former striptease artist, Theodora married Justinian I in the sixth century and became one of the most powerful of the Eastern Roman empresses. be her mate’s intellectual peer (if not his superior, as in the case of Arianna Huffington and the dim but rich Michael Huffington – they reversed the Pygmalion roles, with Arianna playing Henry Higgins to Michael’s Eliza Doolittle during their brief but, for Arianna, lucrative marriage).” The social milieu also seems to have changed. The older women in “The Fortune Hunters” started out in a world still dominated by the aristocracy, but the younger ones thrived in a more glitzy, money-obsessed world of fast deals and a churning economy that picked people up and threw them down before they had time to learn what a strawberry fork is. But, as Charlotte Hays explains, the fortune hunter does not look back to the elegance of the past. Pamela Harriman, whose father and brother sat in the House of Lords, was the consummate fortune hunter in that she always looked forward. She used her heritage when it might impress people – the stationery and place cards at her Georgetown house bore the ostrich feathers of her family coats of arms, which no doubt made the Democratic Party stalwarts who gathered there feel they’d truly arrived – but she never waxed nostalgic for a lost world or the good old days. A fortune hunter is interested in only two periods of history: the present and the future. A fortune hunter may have a past, but she doesn’t dwell on the past. Although the world around
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her has changed, the fortune hunter, a hardy perennial, has not. As Miss Hays explains in her book, some of the qualities that made Madame de Pompadour one of the richest and most powerful women in France made Mercedes Bass one of the richest and most powerful women in Texas. Both women were ineffably cheerful when their men were around, great as nest builders, and adept at making a man comfortable. The word that comes to mind is courtesan, though de Pompadour was officially a courtesan and Mrs Bass practices her art as a wife. “In researching this book, I learned that the fortune hunter is a woman utterly without peripheral vision. She has total focus. This is reflected in all sorts of ways: her brave decision to move to a big town where the money is if she’s from a small town and her ability to pay complete attention to whomever she is pursuing, or whoever might simply prove useful. All women in this book are known for being able to fix a look of rapt attention on a man. ‘The Look’ is something all fortune hunters intuitively know about; indeed it is their most lethal weapon. ‘The Look’ is as sexy as lingerie, and if you can’t stare with near religious awe while Mr Rich goes on and on about something that would put the non-fortune hunter in a coma, you’re probably not cut out for marrying a super rich.” As Sheila Graham did, the author of this fascinating and probably useful book admits, she did ask herself if she had wished she had married a millionaire while there was still time. “You can’t start fortune hunting later in life.” Graham, who claimed to have turned down a Marquis to nurse Fitzgerald through his painful decline, said no – she valued her independence too much. The author, however, as the anti-belle growing up in the Mississippi Delta, surrounded by real belles destined to marry cotton planters admits: “I knew early on that I was fated never to be a belle (but to write about them). I could do all the Atkins and Botox in the world and I still wouldn’t be fortune hunter material. I could never get ‘The Look’ just right – even if I were looking at billions. But for these special women I must confess a certain admiration.”
Marylou Whitney was left with an estate valued at $100 million after the death of her first husband, C V “Sonny” Whitney, in 1992.
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier weds John F Kennedy Jr on September 12, 1953
Prospecting for gold: What kind of woman does it take? Right from the very first chapter of her book Charlotte Hays answers her own question with case histories. Hilary Rodham Clinton, the standard bearer of feminist values, began her march to fame and fortune with a trek to the altar and went on to solidify her stature by standing by her man, a character-building duty the fortune hunter is not infrequently called upon to perform. Fortune hunting, like diving for treasure, is a real job. Some women strive to be CEOs; others prefer to wed them. Fortune hunting has been a valid occupation for women through the ages. The Byzantine striptease artist, famed for the lewdness of her dancing, became the Empress Theodora, helpmeet to Justinian; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who wasn’t endowed with the wealth to support the grand life to
which she was accustomed, and plussize model Anna Nicole Smith who zeroed in on her Adonis when he had one foot in the grave, and then battled his children in court over the estate. Marrying super rich is more a matter of talent and enterprise than beauty. “You’ll never make it on your face, so you’d better be interesting,” New York socialite Nan Kempner recalled her father, the millionaire California Ford dealer, admonishing her. So she cultivated a self-deprecating wit and a love of couture. A fortune hunter is a woman who doesn’t wait for her ship to come in – she swims out to meet it. She is an activist who believes she is in control of her destiny. A fortune hunter is a chameleon who is able to pick up the hues of her surroundings. When one door closes, she opens another. Arianna Huffington is a virtuoso of variety whose curriculum vitae includes brainy, Oxford undergraduate, highbrow critics ingénue, bestselling author, cult aficionado, gal about town, millionaire’s wife, divorcée, right-wing hostess, and left-wing pundit. Acting, closely allied to reinvention, is another basic skill. A fortune hunter is always a consummate actress, though smart enough never to upstage her mate. Princess Diana forgot this rule, and Prince Charles was not pleased by the realisation that the crowds had not come to see him. When Georgette Paulsin wanted to meet Robert Murtha, a Los Angeles real estate baron who became her first husband, she pretended to be a reporter from Time magazine. There is also the woman who is so lovely that she seems to have slipped into a Midas marriage without premeditation – New York’s reigning socialite, the designer Tory Burch, did this twice. Where shall I ply my trade? Sheila Graham asked in her book “How to Marry Super Rich: or Love, Money, and the Morning After”. She answers, “You can sleep with a man for 20 years and you are lucky to get bus fare. If you dig in a coal mine, you are likely to come up with coal. If you go to Coney Island, you get a Nathan’s hot dog. You have to go to where the rich are.” Many eligible men tend to congregate in certain centres of wealth. New York is a particularly happy hunting ground. The richest of the rich live there. You can be a chorus girl one minute and Mrs Donald Trump the next (and an ex-Mrs Trump the next). Texas is a superlative breeding ground Continues on page 24
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‘The Look’ is as sexy as lingerie, and if you can’t stare with near religious awe while Mr Rich goes on and on about something that would put the non-fortune hunter in a coma, you’re probably not cut out for marrying a super rich.”
Nan Kempner, a former Lyford Cay member, said: “I’ve always like being noticed, and I worked hard at it.” Continued from page 23 of multimillionaires, as is Palm Beach. The important thing is to get out and be seen – by rich men. Melania Knauss was – unusually for a supermodel – given to spending quiet evenings at home. If she hadn’t been talked into attending a party at New York’s Kit Kat Club (where Donald Trump was another guest), she might still be the singular Miss Knauss rather than the third Mrs Trump. Nan Kempner advised aspirants, “I’ve always liked being noticed, and I worked hard at it.” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is the best possible role model. Though not an intellectual, she was clever and sophisticated. John Fairfield, who made W magazine the handbook for social climbers, wrote in 1995, “Now a wife has to be more than beautiful. She has to have brains.” Carolyn Bessette, though beautiful enough to be a model, was a fashion publicist instead. Marie-Josée Kravis, a respected economist, displaced dress design Carolyn Roehm as the wife of 80s leveraged buyout King Henry Kravis. A self-made man is particularly susceptible to the allure of a cultivated woman.
And what about sex? A fortune hunter is a woman who can never have a headache. The fortune hunter lives with the certain knowledge that there are all too many women eager to replace her. The bedroom is important, but it is not the only room in which the courtesan plies her trade. The geisha role is twofold – sex and pampering. Rich men like their women to hover around them. They have needy egos. Until the end, Ambassador Francis Kellogg spoke dreamily of the meals his ex-wife, Mercedes, prepared before she hooked a Bass. Mercedes Bass went so far as to ask hostesses who Sid Bass’s dinner partners would be. She knew well what perils lie in wait at a dinner party. She and Bass began their flirtation at a black-tie dinner. A fortune hunter must be an incomparable wife, and is often no great shakes as a mother. The singleminded needs of Mr Filthy Rich are the reason. Children are often left at home or shipped out to boarding school before they are out of short pants. Successful fortune hunters rack up millions of miles of frequent-flyer miles per annum, making sure that their husbands don’t spend too much time alone.
However, sometimes Mr Rich jogs off into the arms of another woman. Few things call on the fortune hunter’s sangfroid more than this challenge. She must refuse to panic – and she must refuse to bolt unless she knows that bolting will make her richer than Mr Rich. Nan Kempner faced this challenge when her husband Thomas Kempner, chairman of Loeb Partners, the investment banking firm founded by his grandfather, set up housekeeping with his longtime mistress in the mid-1990s. She did what had to be done. She threatened to take him to the cleaners. So Tom returned. Nan died in July 2005, still married to Tom. A fortune hunter must also know that a marriage lived in the spotlight will die if the spotlight fails. The golden girl Blaine – married to Donald’s brother – Robert Trump – for 20 years, realised this in 2005. The New York Daily News reported, “Blaine is extremely popular, but in New York, the friends tend to follow whoever gets the money.” There are also rewards for the fortune hunter. As Miss Hays explains: “I’ve put up with some pretty awful bosses in my time, and not a single one
has ever whisked me off to St Moritz on his private jet, turned me loose at the diamond counter at Tiffany’s, or bought me an apartment on Fifth Avenue. These are the sorts of gifts regularly bestowed on fortune hunters. In return for second fiddle, she lives in a world of addictive comforts. She can go anywhere, see anything. Museums name wings after them. And, if she is patient, she will most likely inherit. A successful fortune hunter might even flip the roles and end up with a charming boy of her own late in life. Who’s to say that making money is more virtuous – or more fun – than marrying it?” One important question still needs to be answered: “What’s love got to do with it?” NEXT WEEK: Two dazzling examples of fortune hunters who overcame significant hurdles to achieve both wealth and acclaim in 1980s New York. • Sir Christopher Ondaatje is the author of “The Last Colonial”. He acknowledges that quoted liberally from “The Fortune Hunters” by Charlotte Hays.
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Turning back the clock to
when south of Wulff Road there was virtually nothing
Forgotten facts Paul C Aranha
ecently, I had reason to go to Carmichael Road and drove the entire length of it, from where it starts at Carmichael Village all the way to where it ends, at Blue Hill Road. It was a trip down Memory Lane. At least, I wanted it to be but virtually nothing about Carmichael Road bears any resemblance to the forest-lined roadway I remember from the 1950s - and even earlier. Today, it seems to
have replaced Bay Street as the commercial centre of the Bahamas. With a quick look at this 1950s map of New Providence, you see there were few roads on this island and almost no access to most of the southern shoreline. At the far left of the map, there is a short roadway, bent like a finger, that connects West Bay Street to Lyford Cay. This was before E. P. Taylor bought up all the real estate he could acquire and created the gated community that we know today. West Bay Street ran straight through what is now Lyford Cay’s security set-up, though the 18-hole golf course, past this little
turn-off (where there was an ancient well) and continued to Clifton. Clifton Pier is the only thing marked on the map, because there was nothing else to mark. Esso came later, as did BEC, Shell and various other modernday eyesores. Here, the name of the road changes to South West Bay Road, until it gets to the turn-off into Adelaide, after which it becomes the Adelaide Road – until it gets to Carmichael Village. There were no such places as South Ocean, Albany and Coral Harbour. Apart from the turn-off into Adelaide, the first possible turn-off was the Gladstone Road, the straightest road on the island, with a fishhook road at
its northern end. Of course, the word iMax was not yet in any dictionary. Mermaid’s pool and Harrold Pond were seldom talked about and almost never visited. On reaching Blue Hill Road, one could continue northwards to the western end of Wulff Road – or one could choose Soldier Road, which curves its way to its junction with Wulff and Village Roads – but notice there is virtually nothing showing, to the south of Wulff Road. From the air, most of the island was strikingly green and the people of Adelaide and Carmichael still walked to town, to sell their wares - and walked back home, too.
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Meet Max – A steed fit for royalty Animal matters | KIM ARANHA
any of my articles are dedicated to dogs, some of my articles are dedicated to cats, like last week’s article about Lyford the cat in Orlando. This week, I venture a little further afield and introduce you to a simply splendid resident of Nassau’s private Finca Nati Sanctuary – meet Max. Max is a very proud, 20-year-old gelding of pure Spanish blood, called an Andalusian. His manner and his bearing reek of nobility and fine blood; the majestic arch of his powerful neck recalls royalty, yet his gentle soft velvety nose nuzzles with the mildness of a new born puppy. Max arrived in the Bahamas in 2001 from Ocala, Florida, and little did he know that he had really won the lottery for the best home in the world. His life at Finca Nati is one that every horse on earth would envy. He has full freedom to wander around the 10 acres of land, hanging out with his two best friends, Jazzy and Jazzy’s daughter, Maya Moon. In fact, Max features quite prominently in the book I wrote to the photographs by Max’s “mother”, Patricia Vazquez. In the book “Maya Moon, the adventures of a Bahamian pony”, Max is Jazzy’s best bud and calls her Short Stop. They are best friends in real life, too, and baby Maya has grown up into a pretty little pony who absolutely loves her Uncle Max. “Maxi Poodle” – as Trish, who is undoubtedly his best human friend, calls him – has two favourite pastimes. His passions are being groomed and eating. I suspect he knows how beautiful he is and he knows that being groomed makes him even more pleasing to the eye, plus it feels really good. Eating, well we all love to eat, but if you bring Max apples and carrots you can wheedle your way into his heart a little quicker. In the hot summer days a dip in the sea is always a welcome diversion. His powerful body splashing the water all over him and his rider makes for a very picturesque scene along one of the deserted and magnificent beaches in the area. Then, the ride home to have a much-enjoyed shower.
PHOTO OF STAPLEDON BY PATRICIA VAZQUEZ.
The wonderful thing about Stapledon - he’s the only one Max enjoys his runs at the Finca Nati Sanctuary However, this beautiful boy has a mischievous side to his noble character: he absolutely loves to roll on the grass and in the mud, if he can find any, right after his humans have spent considerable time making him all clean again. This is the wonder of all animals, they do have a sense of humour, they do play tricks on their humans, and they do enjoy having (metaphorically) a giggle with the people they love best. It is a sad and sorry person who does not see this side of the animal they share their life with. One day not long ago Max got out of the sanctuary and literally stopped traffic as he trotted along the road on his own. Fortunately, a friend who knows and loves horses, put a quick and safe stop to his little outing before it all ended in tears. When I asked Trish what some of her best moments with Max are, she told me that the very best is when she arrives at the farm. Max, wherever he is wandering on the 10 acres, comes running to greet her and will wait patiently outside the studio for his apple. This has become a routine for Max and his beloved best friend. Perish the thought that she could ever forget that apple; there would definitely be hell to pay. In the winter Max is more active, going for long rides weekly, carrying his
human to spots where she can take unusual nature photographs of our natural environment that she would not normally get to see if she were not perched up high on Max’s back, seeing her surroundings from where Max takes it all in – another view of our splendid flora and fauna. Many people have written of their love and respect of horses, but few put it as well as the ancient Greek philosopher and historian Xenophon (450 – 354 BC ), who wrote these words almost 2,500 years ago: “And indeed, a horse who bears himself proudly is a thing of such beauty and astonishment that he attracts the eyes of all beholders. No one will tire of looking at him as long as he will display himself in his splendour.” It is easy to believe that he had Max in mind when he wrote these words. If you wish to see more of Max, please buy the book “Maya Moon”, available at many stores in Nassau, including: Arcadian Treasures (Prince George Arcade), Oasis (the Caves), the BHS Shelter, Captain’s Table at Lyford Cay, Bahamas Arts and Handicraft (Shirley St), The Current (Baha Mar), or through me or Patricia Vazquez.
By The Bahamas Humane Society
tapledon? Nah, just call me Tigger, for I’m very bouncy and energetic!” Stapledon came to the Bahamas Humane Society as a found dog and when no one arrived to claim him after ten days, he went up for adoption. Stapledon’s young, probably about a year old. He’s friendly with other dogs but really dislikes cats. He’d probably be a good yard dog, woofing to let you know someone’s there and, as he’s so young, most likely trainable. He’d enjoy long walks and trips to the beach with you! Do you have the energy to help Stapledon fit in with your family? If so, come in to the BHS to meet him or call 323-1538 for more information. Stapledon’s eager to see you! The Patchwork Potcake Adopt-athon & Workshop will be held at the national Art Gallery of The Bahamas on Saturday, October 13 from 10am to 1pm. Come and meet some adoption dogs and pups and create your own potcake art. Adults $10, children $5. If you’d like to bring a BHS dog to the event, please contact Percy Grant at 323-5138. The BHS Thrift Shop’s Halloween Jewellery Sale is Saturday, October 2 from 10am to 2pm.
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