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Guyana captured the coveted first spot in the 2004 Annual John T Memorial Cycle Race for the third time in the last four years.. . . .

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John T Memorial Cycle Race

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Winning cyclist Dwayne Gibbs (aka 'Road Hog') did Guyana proud as he did the 120 km (75 mile!) route in 3 hours 16 minutes and 13 seconds. Dwayne is pictured right, crossing the finish line.

Nipau Serge of Guadeloupe and St. Martin came in a close 3 seconds behind.

Third place was captured by Christopher Ghiorse of Tortola, BVI.

Unofficial results from www.bvicycling.com:

1. Dwayne Gibbs Guyana 3:16:13
2. Serge Nipau SXM (VCG)3:16:15
3. Christopher Ghiorse BVI 3:16:32
4. Andrew Reece Guyana
5. Micheal Phillips SXM
6. George Carty SXM (JVCO)
7. Ken Jackson Antigua
8. Gregory Hammer SXM (JVCO)
9. Marlon Williams Guyana
10. Charles Bryan Anguilla
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11. Irdor Gabin SXM (V8)
12. Loek Smith Curacao
13. Samuel Barker Guyana
14. Gordon Kennedy Guyana
15. Danny Donelan Antigua
16. Sammy Joseph St. Lucia
17. Mark Maidwell SXM (V8)
18. Ira Fabian Antigua
19. Eustace Dookie St. Lucia

***No times were recorded after 3rd place.
***No positions were recorded after 19th place."

The route started in The Valley going East to Sandy Hill roundabout, then to the West End, then on the way back, looping through Sandy Ground and then back to the East. Male cyclists were required to do three laps and female participants, two laps.

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This race has become a major regional cycling event and this year it attracted about 75 cyclists from Anguilla and the neighbouring islands of Nevis, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, St Martin/St Maarten, Curacao, Guyana and Tortola.

One of the most celebrated Anguillian cyclists is David Hodge ("Hodgie"), a 70 year old enthusiast living in the West End (picture right in red polka dots). David who has been the eldest cyclist participating every year since the inception of this race, has always successfully completed the route. In his leisure time David cycles at least every other day for a couple of hours. He has been cycling since his school days. He also enjoys swimming to keep fit.

The John T Memorial Cycle Race is held in honour of a gentleman from The Valley who was a pioneer in the cycling arena in Anguilla. This year's race drew large crowds of locals and visiting support teams from other countries.

For more information you can email axacycling@hotmail.com

Here are some more candid shots from the race, including Danny Laud of Anguilla (who we think was the second Anguilla finisher, and who worked for news.ai while in high school), racer Neil Armstrong of news.ai with supporter Bob Green, the VCG team from St Martin and more:

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Photos by Bob Green; story and additional photos by Janine Edwards


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Anguilla Daily Diary

Here is a day-by-day compendium of news items, as we gathered them - starting with the most recent.

March 7, 2004 to April 4, 2004

Sunday, April 04, 2004


Villas on Shoal Bay, Anguilla:
Villa La Vanda and
Villa Mimosa

www.babysitting.ai

Laureen Bryan asks that you visit her web site if you need babysitting service in Anguilla.
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Moonsplash This Weekend!

Here are pictures of the Moonsplash Celebrity Cocktail Party on Bankie's website. Should be more pictures to follow after this weekend's concerts.
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Friday, April 02, 2004

April Special at Spyglass Hill Villa

Spyglass Hill Villa is delighted to offer a special for the month of April in the spirit of Eastertime: Enjoy a private sunset cruise on the 35 ft. catamaran Chocolat with Captain Rollins. The sunset cruise is complimentary for guests staying 5 nights or more during the month of April 2004.

With its elegant-rustic ambience, Spyglass Hill offers privacy and relaxed, indoor-outdoor living. Sitting atop an ocean-lapped ridge, Spyglass Hill Villa enjoys stunning views of the yacht-dotted bay and offshore cays. Your bedroom suite has a private patio, Jacuzzi tub and outside shower with views of the bay. Bamboo floors and log roofs create a romantic, cosy ambience. Amenities include: Private pool, air-conditioning and fans in bedrooms, state-of-the art Bose stereo system with surround sound and a 42” Plasma television with Direct TV, beach gear and maid service. www.spyglasshillanguilla.com Email: info@spyglasshillanguilla.com Tel. 264-497-3666 – Cell. 264-235-3666 – Fax 264-497-2262. Restrictions: This offer only applies for the month of April 2004.
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Animal Rescue Newsletter

The AARF Newsletter for April 2004 is now available for viewing on their web site. This month is full of interesting information including:

Recent trip to the HSUS/HIS Expo.
Dog Licensing in Anguilla.
2004 Free Spay/Neuter Clinic Form.
Book Review.

As always pictures and stories of animals waiting for adoption and great photos of recent adoptions. And much more.

Don’t forget that time is drawing close for the Cruise Raffle Drawing. They recently had a DVD/VCR combination player donated for the raffle. The drawing will be held May 31st, 2004. This is a major fund raiser to support programs in 2004. Tickets are available at Morlen’s Veterinary Hospital, Shoal Bay Villas, Keene Enterprises, Anguilla Techni Sales, Ben and Dolly’s Furniture or at info@aarf.ai. You may also contact Jackie at 497-5024 or Suzie at 497-8177 and they will get them to you. They accept Visa and Mastercard as well as checks and cash. Cost is just US$25 per ticket with the main prize being a 7 day Southern Caribbean Trip for two with round trip airfare to San Juan. Tickets will also be sold at the Anguilla Post Office on Tuesday April 6th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
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Thursday, April 01, 2004


Anguilla Beaches:
Over 30 Anguilla beaches.

Profile: Kimberly Rogers

Kimberly Rogers is an Anguillian Freshman at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, where she's pursuing a pre-med degree in Biology.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Sad News:

L'Indigo restaurant on Meads Bay is no longer open at the location. They may reopen next season at another location - we will keep you posted.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

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Easter-Saturday Reggae Jam, Apr 10-Sandy Island

Irie Reggae Easter Jam on Sandy Island with "Gossip and the Boys Band". Music from 12.00 noon......til sundown. Open bar and restaurant. Boat shuttle from Sandy Ground starts 10.00h a.m.8.-$US / round trip. Big party time!! Please call for reservation or info. Doris: 1-264-772-0787 or Jason 1-264-772-0542
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Jazz on Anguilla

Anguilla Guide story, photos and musician web links for jazz in Anguilla!
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Monday, March 29, 2004

New Cable TV Channels

The cable company is phasing in 8 new channels for April 1: Discovery Kids, TV Land, Fox Movie Channel, Fit TV, the Food channel, ESPN 2, MTV and Boomerang. But the monthly cost is going up from EC $80 to EC $90 (US $33.50).
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Sunday, March 28, 2004

Moonsplash April 1-4

For latest news from The Anguillian newspaper, click link above.

Also, prepare for the Moonsplash Cocktail Party.

Bankie Banx' Moonsplash Music Festival 2004 kicks off at 7:00pm this Thursday evening, April 1, with the traditional pre-concert Moonsplash Cocktail Party. Bankie welcomes Anguilla's Callaloo Club as a major sponsor of Moonsplash 2004 and host for this year's cocktail party. The event will be held at the gorgeous facilities of Callaloo Club Peninsula, home of the Anguilla International Yacht Club, located on the promontory between Blowing Point and Rendezvous Bay.

A delightful evening of culinary and musical pleasures, the cocktail party is a chance to meet the stars of Moonsplash up-close and personal. Party fare will include light hors d' oeuvres and refreshments, and live entertainment with Anguilla's Supreme Band. Tickets are $40US per person and are available at the Anguilla Tourist Board, Anguilla Drug Store and most major hotels in Anguilla. Further information can be obtained by calling 497-2759, 497-2388 or 497-2911. Email enquiries may be sent to concierge@dunepreserve.com.
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A Unique Anguilla Sunset

Combining bougainvillea flowers and a beautiful red sky.

Sent in by a frequent Anguilla visitor.
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Saturday, March 27, 2004


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Courtney Devonish Showing

New sculptures in wood and clay tiles. An exhibition of touch forms, including works from the old Anguilla Mahogany Tree. At Restaurant Frangipani, Meads Bay. Continues until April 17. 497-2949.
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Tranquility Jeeps

Rent an air-conditioned, automatic, 4 door, 4 wheel drive Suzuki Vitara Jeep. Perfect for beach-hopping and discovering off-the-beaten track spots. They offer personalized service and flexible arrangements. US$300 per week/ US$50 per day. Tel: 264 772 0020 Email: tranquilityjeeps@hotmail.com
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Friday, March 26, 2004

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Hughes Surgical Arts

Dr. Lowell Hughes, MB.BS. (Hons), FRCS (Ed), FRCS (C)

Fellow: The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada)

MB.BS. (Honors): University of the West Indies

Member: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Anguilla Medical and Dental Association, Medical Protection Society

Creator of the Hughes Medical Centre, a private healthcare facility in South Hill, Anguilla.

Web site for his plastic surgery/reconstructive care practice: www.hughessurgicalarts.com
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Thursday, March 25, 2004


Anguilla Villas:
Private villas for rent.

US Airways Sale

US Airways is having a sale on flights into SXM (St Maarten, which is easy ferry ride from Anguilla) - you must purchase by April 2 and travel between April 19 and June.
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Car Wash and Luncheon Mar 27

The Scotia Bank Sports and Social Club is hosting a Car Wash and Luncheon on Saturday, March 27th ( this weekend!) in the Fairplay Mall parking lot ( next to Scotia Bank) to raise funds for the club's activities. 9:30am until..... Car Wash EC$20.00 Lunch EC$12.00 Come out have some yummy (homemade) food, get your car cleaned and support a good cause.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

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New Ferry from Philipsburg to Anguilla!

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday the "Rapid Explorer Sea Shuttle I" will offer new ferry options between Anguilla and Sint Maarten for $49 US roundtrip:

PHILIPSBURG				ANGUILLA
8:30 AM          		---->             9:15 AM
10:15 AM			<----             9:30 AM
15:00 PM          		---->            15:45 PM
16:45 PM			<----            16:00 PM
Great Bay Marina, J. Yrausquin Blvd, St. Maarten, N.A. Phone nr; +599-5429762. Fax nr; +599-5429782. info@rapidexplorer.com
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Monday, March 22, 2004

Bellavista Apartments

Bellavista in South Hill has 9 bedrooms (3 + 3 +3), plus pool and is located on the waterfront. There web site is www.sidina.com - previous web site for this property is now defunct and had incorrect information. So check it out again!
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Animals Looking for Immediate Homes!

Jackie Cestero of AARF reports that Roy and Margaret Tabor are moving back to the UK and will need to rehome their animals before March 24, 2004. All animals are spayed/neutered and are seeking new and loving homes. If you are interested in any of their lovely pets please contact them at 497-6685. Trixie is an approximately 4-5 year old spayed female dog. She is blind in left eye. She is very gentle and stays in the yard. Tiger - 5 year old spayed female cat and Mischief - 2 year old neutered male
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Saturday, March 20, 2004

Pumphouse Music Changes

The Pumphouse, Sandy Ground's Roadhouse, has made some changes to their weekly music menu and they are now keeping the kitchen open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to satisfy those late night munchies! Drop by for great food and a rockin' good time.

Tuesday starting 10PM: "DJ MARK” -THE NEW DANCEMASTER GROOVE

Wednesday starting 9PM: “THE HAPPY HITS” -ALL ACOUSTIC ANGUILLIAN FOLK HEROES

Thursday starting 10:00PM: “THE MUSICAL BROTHERS"- ALBUM ORIENTED CALYPSO POWERHOUSE FAVOURITE

Saturday starting 10PM: “JAH MOVERS”- MASTERS OF CONSCIOUS REGGAE
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Easter Special ...

Sur La Plage Villas: Stay on the beautiful beach at Meads Bay, Anguilla. Book now and pay OFF SEASON rates for Easter! E-mail surlaplagevillas@aol.com or call (264) 497-6598
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Great Time at Frangipani

Donna Anderson writes: Just a note to let you know we had a fantastic time in Anguilla last week. We stayed at Frangipani and would definitely recommend it to others. We ate amazing food and soaked up sun on the most amazing beaches. Your site was a wonderful resource for us. I look forward to your updates in the future.
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Friday, March 19, 2004

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Birthday Dinner

Great birthday dinner at Blanchard's Restaurant.

Appetizers were Spring Rolls and Corn Chowder.

Entrees were Braised Veal (Blanchard’s Osso Buco) and Grilled Rack of Lamb.

Desserts were Coconut Cheesecake and Buttermilk Lemon Pound served warm with vanilla bean ice cream and loads of fresh seasonal berries (and candle)!
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Thursday, March 18, 2004


Anguilla Restaurants:
All the restaurants and lots of menus.

Photos from Cap Juluca Honeymoon

Honeymoon couple have posted their pictures on the web, including shot at Windward Point.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

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Shoal Bay, March 2004

Lounging at Uncle Ernies.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2004


Anguilla Hotels:
All the resorts/hotels/inns.

Update on the Night Ferry Service

The AHTA writes: "According to information received from the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure today, the Night Ferry Service, which was reinstated on a two month trial basis in January and expected to terminate on March 12th 2004 will continue until further decision from the Office of the Sous Préfet in St. Martin."
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Lots of Cap Juluca Photos

Here is another visitor's trip, captured in 4 pages of photos.
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Monday, March 15, 2004

A New Newspaper

I bought Issue #2 of the Anguilla Star paper today at IGA. Feature story was Ashley's Annual Road Race with lots of color pictures of the children. Other headlines: French Ferry Terminal being upgraded (in Marigot), Paintings on the Children's Ward of the Princess Alexandria Hospital, ACE Opens, Access Road near completion, etc.
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Cycle Race

March 28, the John T Memorial Cycle Race, 10 am near Cable and Wireless office.
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American Airlines Sale!

Cheap fares to the Caribbean, including Anguilla. For example, Austin to Anguilla, $703. Or Austin to St Maarten for $524 and take the ferry. Or Austin to St Thomas for $433 and fly LIAT to Anguilla! Ticket by March 24, valid for travel April 1 through June 15, 2004.
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Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at atbtour@anguillanet.com or the Hotel Association at ahta@anguillanet.com

Carnival 2004

Update: Click Here for the 2004 schedule, including boat races, Jouvert morning and Last Lap!

Sunday, March 14, 2004

chamber of Commerce

Anguilla Business Survey – Ends March 31 ... don’t be left out!

The 2004 Anguilla Business Survey has been extended to March 31 to be sure every member of the business community can share their views about doing business in Anguilla - owners or managers of businesses, stores, restaurants, taxis, hotels/villas - and providers of independent contract or other professional services. The Anguilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry will focus on the concerns and needs of everyone shaping our economy every day. To include YOUR opinions right now, simply click this link to the survey page. OR... If you prefer to arrange for an appointment to be interviewed before March 31, please e-mail your request along with your name and phone number to: acoci@anguillanet.com
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Build An Anguilla Villa:
Beachshack

Anguilla Regatta 2004

May 7-9, 2004. - three days of yacht and local boat racing and will be centered in the beautiful sheltered harbor of Road Bay. A number of the races are run close to shore so there is ample opportunity for visitors to enjoy the spectacle.
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New Anguillian Stamps

The two most recent sets are "Archaeological Artifacts" and "Past sailing vessels". See the stamps and read the story behind each on this web page.
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Saturday, March 13, 2004


Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

Public Holidays 2004

From the government web site.
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Airport Project

Read the government press release on an interim solution to problems with the airport expansion, on the Anguilla Forum.
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Jazz at Frangipani

March 19-21. From The Anguillian newspaper. More info from the Anguilla Guide.
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Friday, March 12, 2004


Anguilla Forums:
Anguilla Forum
Carib On-line

The Green Flash

Don Bryan of Cape Carteret, NC writes:

"Your sunset article in the news prompted this e-mail ... I have been looking at sunsets, trying to see the green flash for over 25 years... and, on Feb. 18 -- I finally saw it... Me, my wife, and a couple from home who were our guests for a week in Anguilla, we all saw it. I had introduced them to flash looking their first night there.

"We were staying at the Island View Point Villa in Cul de Sac and diid our flash watches from the gallery there looking down past the new resort going up at the end of the Cul de Sac... Was very pleased my group saw if for 2 reasons - 1. that they saw it on almost first time watching and 2. that I was not seeing things myself..."

More information on the Green Flash:
www.bishopmuseum.org/planetarium/greenflash.html
sandiegopictures.org/greenflash1/
hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/atmos/redsun.html
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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Silent Auction for Wallblake House

The Wallblake House Trust proudly presents its annual Silent Auction. Saturday, March 20, 2004 6:00 p.m. at the historic Wallblake House. Entrance Fee US$5.00 Light Refreshments and Cash Bar.

Items for auction include artwork, villa rentals, hotel stays spa services, fine dining, wines and more. Everyone welcome. Proceeds to benefit the maintenance and upkeep of the renovated Wallblake House
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Tuesday, March 09, 2004

New to Anguilla? Tips
Bartender Mix-Off

The AHTA says:

We are in the process of finalizing the members of the 2004 National Culinary Team who will compete at this year's Taste of the Caribbean which will be held in Puerto Rico from June 11-13, 2004.

Local bartenders will be competing for top spot on the team this week in a Bartender Mix-Off to be held at Ripples Restaurant, Wednesday, March 10th at 3:00pm. Three judges will be on hand to judge each participant based on entries in 3 different categories: Rum based cocktail, Vodka based cocktail and Non-Alcoholic drink. The final selection will be made based on a special "mystery basket" event.
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Monday, March 08, 2004

3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath House For Sale in Island Harbour

Panoramic views and jacuzzi tub. Click link for pictures and more details. Email: smyrtle@hotmail.com - one correction from the web site - correct number to reach the owner is 264-772-6202.
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Sunday, March 07, 2004


Real Estate for sale on Anguilla

New Chefs at Cuisinart?

Dr. Paul Carey of NY writes: You probably know this but Daniel Orr and Christopher Heath have been brought in to revitalize the kitchen and culinary amenities at Cuisinart. They arrived March 7.
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Stories from the previous and earlier News.ai issues.
Flower Show Wedding on Shoal Bay
Christmas in Anguilla Anguilla + St. Barth!
February Diary January Diary


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