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Your Guide to the Big Gold Cup Weekend

Montserrat is now just a week away from the biggest weekend of its footballing history. The smallest FIFA nation, with a population of 4.500 could shortly be announcing itself on the global soccer stage through qualification for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup finals, the international tournament for the top 16 teams in North and Central… Continue reading Your Guide to the Big Gold Cup Weekend

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Caribbean · Football · International football · Montserrat · Soccer · Travel

The Coaches: Donachie & Rathbone (Gold Cup Big Match Preview Part 8/9)

We are a week away from what is the biggest game in the short history of international football in Montserrat.  Before I publish my preview and guide to the big weekend, here is an introduction to the coaches, Willie Donachie and Mick Rathbone, two men who didn't know each other before taking up their roles … Continue reading The Coaches: Donachie & Rathbone (Gold Cup Big Match Preview Part 8/9)

Island Life · Montserrat · Tourism · Travel

Paying for a Flight and Catching the Ferry

I missed my flight to Montserrat yesterday. Four other people and me. I know it is a risk flying with BA because if the flight leaves later than scheduled then you know you are going to miss the connection. Yesterday we took off an hour late from London and arrived 90 minutes late in Antigua,… Continue reading Paying for a Flight and Catching the Ferry

British Overseas Territories · Caribbean · Development · dfid · Island Life · Montserrat · overseas development · Travel

Draft Tourism Strategy: In My Humble Opinion…..

Here are my comments on the draft tourism strategy. It does need a huge amount of work, both in terms of collating the required data, and editing the document into something more coherent. It also needs a lot of work on the financials. As it stands it is a little concerning. A strategy in itself… Continue reading Draft Tourism Strategy: In My Humble Opinion…..

Caribbean · Football · International football · Montserrat · Soccer · Travel

Alex Dyer and Massiah (Gold Cup Big Match Preview Part 7/9)

The last of my player profiles looks at Alex Dyer and Massiah McDonald. McDonald is one of three players to have featured in the Nations League this season, but who have yet to start a game.  He has come off the bench twice, once more than Solomon Henry and Marvin Farrell, who were late substitutes… Continue reading Alex Dyer and Massiah (Gold Cup Big Match Preview Part 7/9)

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What the Foreign Affairs Committee really said – and why we should be celebrating.

When I first read the Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry report I was staggered with how much of Montserrat’s thinking had influenced its recommendations. I’m still not sure how it happened, but Montserratians and Montserrat organisations managed to submit so many pieces of evidence that it came to one per 350 residents. That’s more words than… Continue reading What the Foreign Affairs Committee really said – and why we should be celebrating.

Gay Rights · homosexuality · Human Rights · Island Life · Montserrat · overseas development · Political Reform · Travel

Some People are Gay. Get Over it.

I have to keep writing these posts because I don’t think anyone else is going to.  The opinion pieces in Montserrat’s various media outlets seem to jump at any opportunity to oppose LGBT rights, and the latest excuse is the Foreign Affairs Committee report on the future of the Overseas Territories. When I read the… Continue reading Some People are Gay. Get Over it.