Development · Montserrat · Procurement · The Ferry · Travel

Procurement in Montserrat: Are We Copying DFID’s Mistakes?

This morning I noticed that the Government had published new Procurement Regulations which will take effect from 1st September. If like me you missed the fanfare, that’s because they were quietly placed on the Attorney General’s Website.  I know it’s a dry subject but I think people genuinely would like to know what has been… Continue reading Procurement in Montserrat: Are We Copying DFID’s Mistakes?

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Brexit · British Overseas Territories · Development · Montserrat · Travel

Brexit and the Overseas Territories: Why Golden Elephants are the Answer

The UK announced last year that following Brexit EU funding would be guaranteed for the OTs until 2020, under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. The agreement also meant that territories such as the Falklands would retain tariff-free access to the EU, despite not being a member. This is mainly fish and sheep products. Falklands… Continue reading Brexit and the Overseas Territories: Why Golden Elephants are the Answer

Development · History · Montserrat · Music · The Arts · Tourism · Travel

Coming Soon? – The AIR Studios Musical Heritage Tour

Of  Montserrat’s various tourism plans, policies and strategies (I’ve seen reference to five in the past three years, but have only tracked down three)  the most deliverable seems to be the one contained in the Mott MacDonald Economic Growth Strategy. This talks about better access and marketing, supporting a niche of repeating and long-staying visitors,… Continue reading Coming Soon? – The AIR Studios Musical Heritage Tour

Cats · Environment · Montserrat · Travel

Interview with Selvyn Maloney. The Man who Spayed and Neutered my Cats

This article, by Jennifer Parker is taken from Veterinary Practice Magazine    https://veterinary-practice.com/article/life-as-the-chief-veterinary-officer-in-montserrat?fbclid=IwAR3S2MHzT0WXFGHXVtzvZ7Elr2Y1fI7C_AWJMhozeBh2nEXVI55RI1a5XIU Selvyn Maloney, CVO of the tiny Caribbean island, describes the job’s charms and challenges following years of volcanic activity. Monserrat is famous for its endemic wildlife; nature enthusiasts travel from afar to glimpse the Montserrat oriole, a beautiful passerine bird, and the Montserrat galliwasp,… Continue reading Interview with Selvyn Maloney. The Man who Spayed and Neutered my Cats

British Overseas Territories · disabilty · Human Rights · Montserrat · Travel

Children’ Rights and Human Wrongs

The rolling out of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to the OTs came shortly after the imposed abolition of the death penalty in the 1990s, which was something that happened so quickly, and with so little fuss, that it has largely been forgotten. More of a fuss is made about… Continue reading Children’ Rights and Human Wrongs

History · Montserrat · Music · The Arts · Travel

The Beatles, Ragga and Eloise Lynch

No, the Beatles did not record at AIR Studio, but last week I read for the third time that they did. We can probably overlook the error on this occasion as it was made by a  journalist for the Daily Telegraph, and I can see how the mistake is made. Sir George Martin had a… Continue reading The Beatles, Ragga and Eloise Lynch

Football · Montserrat · Travel · Videos

Interview with Adrian Clifton & James Comley on the Montserrat Football Team

Adrian Clifton and Bromley and James Comely of Maidenhead discuss the new season. This is from Ball Hour on YouTube and the discussion on the Montserrat team starts at 21.40 and runs for around 20 minutes. . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY-vdJST7Gc&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3JmaoHNsce1FTRvLhL4RcNdDtzPnJ2ay1-7EH3Mjs40wIy7orfSA3Dw3A