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The September/October issue #129 of Caribbean Beat is now available

The September/October issue (#129) is on Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica planes; in the hands of our subscribers the world over; and online (including as a free flip-book) on our new website. Here's the latest from Caribbean Beat!

Events around the Caribbean (and further afield) in September and October — from music festivals to sports tournaments
Celebrating Divali in Trinidad, St Lucia’s creole heritage, and the legacy of Jamaica’s Miss Lou

DR designer Kristy Collado crafts distinctive unisex jewellery for her Chejo line
This month’s reading picks — from Caribbean sci-fi to hard hitting essays about contemporary Jamaica
New releases to get you in the groove — from “island rock” to jazz and soca

For many people, bread is a staple. Others have abandoned the daily loaf for health reasons. If you’re eating only mass-produced white bread,Franka Philip says, you’re not doing yourself any favours. A guide to bread at its healthiest and tastiest

An island made of words
The natural beauty of St Lucia won the island its old nickname, “Helen of the West Indies” — and has inspired generations of poets and artists, including Derek Walcott, Nobel laureate and St Lucia’s most famous son. Walcott’s poetry lives in the landscape, writesVladimir Lucien, and vice versa, offering visitors a lyrical portrait of praise

Playing Crusoe
For decades, the tiny island of Vieques, off Puerto Rico’s east coast, was known to outsiders — if at all — as a controversial US Navy base. But since the withdrawl of the military eleven years ago, Vieques’s gorgeous beaches and tranquil pace have attracted visitors in search of the “unspoiled.” Philip Sander finds out why

Beating Big Daddy
Ishwar Persad went to Namibia to climb a giant sand dune. Along the way, he discovered a stunning desert ladscape, the ubiquitous oryx, the joys of Windhoek beer — and truly endless horizons


Opening the dancescape
When four choreographers decided to launch a new contemporary dance festival — with three weeks’ notice — no one guessed it would change Trinidad’s cultural landscape. Nazma Muller follows the evolution of the COCO Dance Festival, and finds out how it’s boosted the careers of a new generation of dancers and choreographers
“Big ideas can change the world”
Trinidadian lawyer and actor Maxine Williams on how she became Facebook’s global head of diversity, and why her role at the powerful web company is a platform for spreading the benefits of the digital world — as told to Tracy Assing

Love story
With her second feature film, the romantic tale Cristo Rey, director Leticia Tonos tackles the long, fraught relationship between the Domincan Republic and its neighbour Haiti. AsJonathan Ali explains, the filmmaker is no stranger to tough subjects


Through contact with gentle equine companions and stimulating creative activities, Tobago-based Healing With Horses offers an innovative and life-changing therapeutic programme for differently-abled children.Elspeth Duncandescribes a day in the life of the annual summer camp

The sighting of a rare snake led to an ambitious initiative to protect Antigua’s tiny offshore islands. Joanne C. Hillhouse investigates the Antigua and Barbuda Environmental Awareness Group’s flagship project
A case for freedom
175 years ago, the famous Amistad trial was a turning point for the anti-slavery movement.James Ferguson revisits the landmark case
Jamaica’s Martha Brae River is best explored by bamboo raft
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