Barbados seems to have more health fairs than you can shake a stick at. All through the year there are health events where you can get your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked, sample healthy goodies and try out the latest products to boost your health. One such event is the Barbados Reiki Association’s Holistic Health Fair, coming up on March 1st. (Full disclosure: I’m in the association, but I’ve gone to every fair and love the chance to try out different therapies at a very reasonable $20). If you want to talk health, this one’s for you.
Here’s an event you won’t want to miss – the Bridgetown Literary Tour.
I had the privilege of going on the first one. It was excellent! Here are the details:
Tour Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Tour Time: 10 a.m. – noon; Meet at 9:30 a.m. Coach leaves at 10 a.m. sharp
Tour Start & End Point: Errol Barrow Statue, Independence Square (Days Books if raining)
Organisers: Writers Ink & ArtsEtc.
Price: Bds $85.00 (incl. lunch at the Waterfront Café from 12:30 p.m.)
For tickets contact: Esther Phillips Tel: 437-2443 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info on the tour: A Writer’s View of Bridgetown
Author: Shakirah Bourne
Every now and again you come across a new writer and wish to download as much of their work as you can – and offer them as great suggested reads to friends and family. The author here is the Barbadian/Caribbean writer Shakirah Bourne. Her marvellous collection of short stories is so vivid with its imagination and feeling that you’ll be in the stories with the characters, as soon as you begin reading.
The book blurb says:
A collection of award-winning Barbadian stories that showcase the controversial and often hidden aspects of the supposed Caribbean paradise. The themes of love and relationships, domestic and emotional abuse, politics in the rum shop, sex tourism and human trafficking and more, are narrated in a satirical and humorous style, often through the voices of innocent and naïve characters.
‘Getting Marry’ sets the scene for the whole book. As you meet the reality of living day by day to Barbados, you are also transplanted to the beaches, the sand and the friendly people who welcome you to their island.
My only complaint was the necessity to stop reading after 15 stories; I would have enjoyed so many more, but with the teaser for ‘Getting Back at Jack Taylor,‘ Shakirah Bourne leaves me wanting to read more.
I wouldn’t usually re-read a book for some months or even years, but I believe I’ll start this collection again, quite soon.
This is one of those rare occasions I would have been pleased to offer six stars for an Amazon review.
I doubt I’ll be allowing this copy far from my bookshelf so you’ll have to buy your own. The book is available at these websites below or direct from the author
Amazon UK Amazon USA
When you’ve finished reading your copy, I’ll be pleased to read your views about ‘In Time of Need.‘
Barbados used to be a place where the water almost never went off. As a girl in Trinidad, water outages were a regular part of my experience, but when I moved to Barbados that became a thing of the past.
Things have changed.
In the last couple of years there have been regular water outages, and they seem to have stepped up recently.
This week was the worst in a while, with the water off for a full two days, and with virtually no warning. You never know how much you use water till it’s gone.
So, if you’re living in Barbados, it’s best to be alert to the signs.
1. Learn what your regular water pressure is so you will realise when it’s getting low.
2. Keep a few clean, empty bottles you can use for storing drinking water and water for ablutions if necessary.
3. If you notice low water pressure, start filling those bottles. If you have other bottles that aren’t clean, fill those too, as you can use them for flushing the loo.
4. Fill your kettle and any other large containers.
5. If cool water is a must, put one of the bottles in the fridge (because if your water dispenser is linked to your taps, you won’t get any).
6. Disinfect the water from your storage tank by adding a few drops of Dettol – that should make it safe for showering and washing up. [Disclaimer: I’m neither a doctor nor an expert on tropical bugs – do this at your own risk (though my mother, who used the same method in Guyana in her youth, is alive and well)].
One lucky thing is that most houses in Barbados have solar water heaters, with accompanying tanks, so you will be able to get water from the hot tap for a while after it goes off. Use it sparingly, though; it doesn’t last long.
Usually, on the first day, you can operate almost as normal, though perhaps drinking slightly less water than usual. If the water outage goes on much longer, you might be forced to seek a new way of getting clean. A dip in the sea followed by a rinse at the beach facility’s shower can be tremendously refreshing.