Montserrat · Music · Travel

ZJB Radio’s Vinyl Graveyard

There is a song by The Police from the 1970’s called “Can’t Stand Losing You”. It contains the line: “I see you've sent my letters back, And my L.P. records and they're all scratched” It's from back in the days when LPs were called LPs, singles were singles, cartridges had come and gone, cassettes were popular… Continue reading ZJB Radio’s Vinyl Graveyard

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

Montserrat’s Gold Cup hopes take a hit

Last week CONCACAF issued the following statement CONCACAF DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE ISSUES DECISION IN THE BARBADOS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYER ELIGIBILITY CASES CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE QUALIFYING 2018 Miami (Thursday, December 6, 2018) – "The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced its Disciplinary Committee has decided to sanction the Barbados Football Association,… Continue reading Montserrat’s Gold Cup hopes take a hit

British Overseas Territories · Caribbean · dfid · disabilty · Montserrat · Politics

Happy International Human Rights Day from Montserrat

It was international Human Rights Day on the 10th December. This is a special one as it marks the  70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed in 1948. Given my focus on fun, food and liberty I would normally have posted something about human rights on the day to mark the day.… Continue reading Happy International Human Rights Day from Montserrat

Authors · Caribbean · Montserrat · Redonda · Travel

The Kingdom of Redonda’s Royal Archive

I wrote a few blog posts on the legend of the Kingdom of Redonda earlier in the year. These turned out to be surprisingly popular, both the story in its own right and the various metaphors, disputes, and even kingdoms, that it has spawned.  The real story of Redonda is also fascinating, with the recent… Continue reading The Kingdom of Redonda’s Royal Archive

Football · Montserrat · Soccer · Travel

Montserrat’s Route to the Gold Cup Finals

The final round of matches in the CONCACAF Nations League looks extraordinary. It is as if someone has deliberately manipulated the draw to create maximum anxiety. If Montserrat wins its final game in Grand Cayman in March it has to then wait for the final games to play out over the next five days. We… Continue reading Montserrat’s Route to the Gold Cup Finals

Football · International football · Montserrat · Soccer · Travel

The Montserrat Miracle Men March On: Aruba v Montserrat Post Match Review

  Montserrat kept the dream of an almost preposterous Gold Cup qualification alive with a 2-0 win away to Aruba on Friday night. With just one round to go in what is one of the strangest football tournaments ever devised, Montserrat may just need a win in the Cayman Islands next March to make it… Continue reading The Montserrat Miracle Men March On: Aruba v Montserrat Post Match Review

British Overseas Territories · british politics · disabilty · Montserrat · Travel

Are the British being cynical in their approach to Human Rights in the Overseas Territories?

Why has the British Government rolled out human rights legislation to the overseas territories in such a piecemeal way? Why does it prioritise some human rights ahead of others? Why does it not intervene when there are clear human rights abuses in its own territories? What is going on? We can get a useful insight… Continue reading Are the British being cynical in their approach to Human Rights in the Overseas Territories?