Montserrat · Procurement · The Ferry · Travel

Another Ferry Tale:  Paying Attention to the Budget.

The exciting story of the Montserrat ferry continues. Remarkably, this is the 14th blog post I have written on the topic in the last two years, and even more remarkably these articles are the most popular things I write. Everyone wants to know what the latest plans are, and I suppose I am the one… Continue reading Another Ferry Tale:  Paying Attention to the Budget.

Human Rights · Montserrat

Statue Wars are Raging: Is my Uncle Dickie Safe?

  Statue wars are raging, and the stakes have been raised by the vandalism of the statue of the actor and playwright Alfred Fagon in Bristol. His is the only statue of a black person in the city, and he was a British Army veteran, which may come as a shock to the racist attackers.… Continue reading Statue Wars are Raging: Is my Uncle Dickie Safe?

Football · Montserrat · Soccer

Alex Dyer: From the Open University to Swedish top flight & Montserrat national team

From the Blog – English Players Abroad

English Players Abroad

This article was written in March 2019.

Alex Dyer thought his career as a professional footballer was over after his release from Northampton Town in 2010. He would spend four years out of the pro game, even completing an accountancy degree and taking up a job at a software company. However, a move to Sweden in 2014 has seen a return to the game full time where he has been one of the star men ever since.

“I really struggled to deal with it [being released] at first,” he says. “I’d had a lot of unsuccessful trials after being released which meant I was left club-less quite late on in the season, so I joined Wealdstone, who were in the Ryman Premier, a much lower league than I saw myself playing.

“I think I was a bit entitled at the time, thinking I deserved better which led to me not…

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History · Human Rights · Montserrat

The Case of Winston Silcott: 35 Years On

In the 1980’s, Winston Silcott, the son of Bill and Mary Silcott who emigrated to London from Montserrat in the late 1950’s became one of the most notorious figures in Britain.  He is a “vicious and evil man” according to a judge, and to the press - the “Beast of Broadwater”, the man who led… Continue reading The Case of Winston Silcott: 35 Years On

disabilty · Human Rights

Solidarity Statement with Protestors Demanding Police Accountability

“A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect” A statement from the World Institute on Disability

World Institute on Disability

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2020

Contact: Heather Duncan, heather@wid.org

The World Institute on Disability stands in solidarity with protestors participating in actions around the world to demand police accountability for the police murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Dreasjon Reed, and far too many other Black people. Our solidarity extends to our global family, many of whom have joined in protest over the murder of George Floyd, while remembering Adama Traore and David Dungay Jr, who also died as a result of police violence.

An estimated one third to one half of all victims of US police murders are people with disabilities, and incarcerated people are at least 3 times as likely to report having a disability than the nonincarcerated population[1]. Due to the racism and ableism thoroughly embedded in the justice system, this disproportionate impact is felt most strongly by Black people with…

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Food · Montserrat · Travel

Traditional English Meat Dishes made Without Meat

I set my self a challenge the other day, which was to make meat free versions of traditional English meals. There was no real reason for this other than I fancied the challenge.  It also fits into my overall strategy for managing my mental health during the pandemic. I have done four meals now. Beef … Continue reading Traditional English Meat Dishes made Without Meat

Development · Montserrat · Travel

Montserrat’s Social Protection System: Time for a Change?

I think most people now realise that we are not going back to how things used to be. To quote the slogan that toppled Winston Churchill after the Second World War “Now Let’s Win the Peace”.  I know, it'a far too early for that, but you get my point.  As I'm sure would the well… Continue reading Montserrat’s Social Protection System: Time for a Change?

Football · Montserrat · Soccer · Travel

The Lesson we can Learn from Resilient Montserrat

Taken from FIFA.com https://www.fifa.com/news/the-lesson-we-can-learn-from-resilient-montserrat?fbclid=IwAR3kdcSvjoHZtZb43aHrau_qrHOLybgle5KirvoHRa9LxJiVkh-JXldNCH4 Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory Caribbean island The Emerald Boys compete in the Concacaf region Volcanic crises have dramatically altered life there Montserratians have been been living in uncertainty for many years. This is because of the devastating eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano on 25 June 1997 – and… Continue reading The Lesson we can Learn from Resilient Montserrat

british politics · Disaster Risk Reduction · Montserrat · Travel

“Definitely Maybe” say the Air Accident Investigators

Well that was a dramatic read. I’m not sure that the recommendations are completely reassuring and there a few things I would have liked to have seen included, but the report of the investigators into last years “accident" (as they call it) is very interesting, although with a few holes.  One thing I'd like to… Continue reading “Definitely Maybe” say the Air Accident Investigators

disabilty · Human Rights · Montserrat · Politics · Travel

The UN has Published its 2020 Report on Montserrat

The UN Decolonisation Committee (C24) produces a report every year on Montserrat’s progress towards decolonization. The 2020 report has just been published and will form the basis of a resolution later in the year.  This was meant to be the big one. Former Premier Donaldson Romeo went to the Committee last year to tell them… Continue reading The UN has Published its 2020 Report on Montserrat

Montserrat · Tourism · Travel

Wish I were there: Montserrat, the Caribbean’s comeback kid (From the FT)

From the Financial Times. Support professional journalism and click on the link. https://www.ft.com/content/a8f6fe3c-830b-11ea-b6e9-a94cffd1d9bf?fbclid=IwAR3Mh5hiHe8d-I5AnTyftkfhgZB4KhHw4mpTdmFVfdqfkOa2bq25tF5YKDY Wish I were there: Montserrat, the Caribbean’s comeback kid Tim Moore takes inspiration from the perseverance of a tiny paradise island I want to go back to my motherland. And to go back in time. With travel currently a pursuit unbound by… Continue reading Wish I were there: Montserrat, the Caribbean’s comeback kid (From the FT)

Travel · Montserrat · Disaster Risk Reduction

COVID-19 and a Hurricane Season!!!!

One of the  tropes of several different movie genres is the double disaster.  Someone has come out of suspended animation and the spaceship is heading for the sun; The killer plants have started walking and the world has been blinded by a meteor storm. House MD ran for eight series on the premise that some… Continue reading COVID-19 and a Hurricane Season!!!!

Travel · Montserrat · Disaster Risk Reduction

Better Bed than Dead. Or… Getting Through the Lock Down with an Overactive Imagination

I’ve been locked away at home for two months now, being a good dutiful citizen.  Ever since the first case on the island was announced in fact. Venturing out only for food or to explore the local area in the name of exercise, while pretending to be in an episode of the Walking Dead. I’ve… Continue reading Better Bed than Dead. Or… Getting Through the Lock Down with an Overactive Imagination

Development · Montserrat · The Arts · Travel

AIR Studios: Time to Knock it Down?

I wrote a couple of blog posts last year about Montserrat’s musical heritage. The Government had engaged three different consultancy firms to produce three documents: an economic development strategy, a tourism plan and a tourism strategy. None of these saw any real mileage in exploiting Montserrat's 1980’s musical heritage. I argued that if you look… Continue reading AIR Studios: Time to Knock it Down?

History · Travel · Videos

Montserrat’s Irish Legacy (From The Cork.ie)

https://www.thecork.ie/2020/04/25/did-you-know-there-is-a-place-called-kinsale-and-cork-hill-in-montserrat-west-indies-caribbean/?fbclid=IwAR0rFfic4lpklBzYlGe30WPTbEKGuIlJgpC2oBYgNr7kmo09KDpCicMu1D4 This is the story of the island of Montserrat. It is a British Overseas Territory, which is the current term used to refer to the remnants of the British empire which are still under the control of London. It’s located in the West Indies, Caribbean. With a population of 5,215 (2019 census) and an… Continue reading Montserrat’s Irish Legacy (From The Cork.ie)

British Overseas Territories · Disaster Risk Reduction · Montserrat · Travel

What is the new Normal for Montserrat?

What if a vaccine is never discovered? There should be no assumption that one can be found. Not every virus has a vaccine. Most famously the common cold doesn't have one, and this is spread in the same way as COVID-19, or rather SARS-Cov-2 (which is the virus that causes it). The common cold is… Continue reading What is the new Normal for Montserrat?

Disaster Risk Reduction · Montserrat · Travel

Is it Acceptable to call it the Wuhan Virus?

Most people are respecting the lock down here in Montserrat, although I do get nervous on the shopping days. There are a lot of face masks being warn, which is good, so people are taking it all very seriously, even if social distancing is breaking down with all the queueing.  I’m on day 38 of… Continue reading Is it Acceptable to call it the Wuhan Virus?

Disaster Risk Reduction · Montserrat · Travel

Conspiracy Theories: Part Two – Race and Paranoia

In Part One of this post I pointed out that the conspiracy theories, or hoaxes, that we are awash with at the moment are not much different from the ones that were circulating in relation to the other two 21st Century pandemics; H1N1 and HIV/AIDS. I pointed out that apart from the absurd 5G theory… Continue reading Conspiracy Theories: Part Two – Race and Paranoia

Disaster Risk Reduction · LGBT · Montserrat · Travel

Conspiracy Theories: Part One – No, the Virus was not Created in a Laboratory

How many pandemics have we had in the 21st Century? The answer is three. HIV/AIDS, H1N1 influenza, and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). What do they all have in common? For each of them there was a claim that the virus was either artificially created or was caused by the unsanitary lives of a particular group of people.… Continue reading Conspiracy Theories: Part One – No, the Virus was not Created in a Laboratory

Disaster Risk Reduction · Football · Montserrat · Travel

Montserrat, Football and the Virus

We had a dream. We often have a dream. But this was a real touchable dream. A year after the disappointment of missing out on the CONCACAF Gold Cup finals, qualifying was again in reach. Montserrat, for the most part without the talismanic Lyle Taylor, had qualified for the play-offs. The sort of off-field shenanigans… Continue reading Montserrat, Football and the Virus