Anguilla News: May 1996
News reports from on the island, as they were posted to the Net:
Hidden Anguilla: Captains Bay
Anguilla has many famous beaches such as Shoal Bay, Meads Bay
and Little Bay.
But there are also many wonderful unknown
beaches, where you
could be the only person in view. One such beach is
Captains Bay on the north coast just before the eastern
tip of the island.
This small stretch of perfect white sand is bounded on the
left by a rocky shoreline where Atlantic waves break
I have heard that the snorkelling is
good to either side, but be careful swimming
here: the surf can be dangerous at times.
And never swim alone at a remote beach.
Directions to find it: go through Island Harbour and continue
on the paved road. At the top of the hill you turn left at the sign for Palm Grove
onto a reasonable gravel road .
If you turn left in all cases, you will reach Captains
Bay in 2.4 km (1.5 miles). Avoid tempting right turns at .5 km, .8 km,
1.9 km and 2.2 km.
New Fantasy Villa At Malliouhana
Malliouhana is building the ultimate villa along their
shoreline. Downstairs is a luxury suite with private pool that
you step into from your spectacular
living room. This suite is the size of a house, with a giant master bedroom and
a marble-lined bath room bigger than most bedrooms,
plus another bedroom and bath for the kids and nanny, or
use the whole suite for a business conference. Upstairs are two luxurious
one-bedroom suites, again with giant marble bathrooms, plus
private garden jacuzzis overlooking
the ocean (somehow without overlooking the villa and pool below--it seems
to be done by clever wide flowerbeds at the edge of the balconies).
People are already fighting to be the first occupants when
the villa is completed, even at a rumored $1400 per night.
If you need four bedrooms for you party, take all three villas
and live it up.
New Library Grand Opening
The new public library across from the high school was
officially opened yesterday with a grand ceremony, including
speeches, steel bands, choirs, and poems.
Followed by Official Photographs, Tours of the Complex,
and Refreshments. Invitations specified semi-formal, which
means shirt and tie for men and as fancy as you like
for ladies. On Saturday May 4th from noon to 5,
the Public LIbrary and
the Soroptomist Club will present the Grand Opening of the
Children's Saturday Morning Program.
Activites will include horseback riding, games galore, Barney,
a variety of foods, talent show, jump house, balloon shooting
and face painting. On Friday May 10th there is a College Fair
at the library for high school students interested in pursuing
a college education.
Drop by and take a look. The bustle of activity is impressive
and there is a courtyard garden in the center with plants for sale.
Anguillian Language Lesson #2
More tips on speaking Anguillian:
usually think of Scamp as indicating
mischevious and playful, while Wicked indicates
serious evil. In Anguillian, the terms are exactly reversed
in meaning. One of the worst things you can call someone is
"a scamp" -- that means they are totally untrustworthy.
However, you respond to a mischevious naughty comment
by saying "You Wicked", which means they are
slightly outrageous and funny.
- Scamp. Untrustworthy
- Wicked. Mischevious.
From the Dictionary of the Anguillian Language:
Disgustin/Disgusting. Does not mean
that the person or circumstance fills one with disgust.
The term is used loosely to denote annoyance or irritation
or to describe a mischevious or troublesome person.
- Hard. Outspoken, blunt, frank, obnoxious.
- Vexed. Angry.
More Web Sites
Here is a strange link that may not be around for long. The Robin Rice Gallery
at the NYStyle web site is offering a fine art photograph of palm
trees shot through a ripped screen. Limited edition series of 50.
Title: "Anguilla BVI" [sic] '88.
Cable and Wireless has a web page for their
Caribbean Phonecards with some nice pictures of Anguilla.
Tom Peacock from Ontario Canada formed the first trust company
in Anguilla last year:
Want to take your honeymoon in Anguilla, or even get
married here? See the
CARIBMOON - Anguilla page.
"Travel Destinations" has a page on
Beaches in Anguilla are officially "safe" from danger of exploding
munitions, according to the
UN LandMine Report on Anguilla. But they also report
that Anguilla is not a signatory
to the treaty on export of anti-personnel weapons.
The "Where to Stay" hotel-information site has pictures of
Cap Juluca, of
Frangipani, and of
Objective Observer Archive has been updated with new columns,
including one about the cost of living in Anguilla.
Hilde Decides to Rent Villa Dina
Hilde Kron of New York has finally decided to accept a
few rentals at her exquisitely furnished
small villa on the waterfront just west of the Fountain
Beach Hotel (Shoal Bay). Hilde calls her pink home with
the bright bougainvilleas and oleanders Villa Dina after her mother.
And she has a web page
for Villa Dina and an email address.
Our local cable company (Island Cable TV)
now shows the local Anguillian weather on
Anguilla Weather Today at 10:30 AM: Mostly Clear, 28 C (82 F) Wind ENE 28 KPH
Humidity 66% Dewpoint 21 C (69 F).
Vancouver Today: Cloudy, Pop: 10%, Low: 6, High 12.
60% chance of rain Sunday, with thunderstorms.
Chicago Today: variable cloudiness with a 30 percent
chance of showers. highs ranging from the
middle 50s inland to the upper 40s along the
lake. northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Win a Bright Red Suzuki Jeep
Rotary is having their famous
annual raffle in May this year, since everyone was
too distracted by Luis at the regular time last December.
For $100 US you get a chance to win a brand new Red Suzuki Jeep,
or a Color TV or a Portable CD player. And the chances are very
good, since there are only a limited number of tickets sold.
The proceeds will go to build Rotary's 4th Children's
Playground, this time at West End. The drawing will be on May 30th, so you
will have to hurry. If you
can't find a Rotarian to buy a ticket from, call club president
Claudel Romney at 497-5500 or 497-6847 (home).
Great New Eating Bargain at the Airport
There is a new restaurant at Wallblake airport, The Last Flight.
It has double table clothes and nice decor and good food. So far the
prices are incredible: $4 US for a chicken salad. And it is the
only place in Anguilla that has that "big city" bustle" sound of airplanes,
fans, cars and people. But go early for
lunch, they are often full.
News from the US Virgin Islands
Alex Randall at radio station WSTA in the USVI (1340 AM)
has started a news site on the Web,
with frequent reports
of what's happening there. Alex is interested in linking
to any other Caribbean news sites on the net, so
any leads you can.
New Library Is Great
Anguilla's new library is open and it is wonderful.
Full of books, children, computers, distance learning center,
video center, and more.
New Web Pages
Cinammon Reef has their own
now with pictures, prices, and the Palm Court restaurant:
Anthony Papili has a new web site
for two rental villas on Anguilla, including
Pelicans Villa which is one of the few here that is directly on a sand
There is a new
Anguilla tourism web site with what looks like a complete
list of our hotels on one page, including prices and features.
The URL is
is also a detailed page for La Sirena
Allamanda Beach Club
Artists in Anguilla: Michele Lavalette
Petite French woman Michelle Lavalette has lived in Anguilla
for 12 years
and never wants to go through another hurricane! The only
good side-effect of Luis is that the big trees that surrounded
her quaint old Anguillian home and studio were swept away.
So she now has a view of
St. Martin and even Sandy Ground and it will be much easier for
you to find
her remote art studio on North Hill.
She has original oils and prints as well, including some
beautiful flowers. Coming from The Valley,
turn right at the road just before the
Sandy Ground roundabout, pass the paint store and wander
through the North Hill village, trying to keep going straight,
until you pass the basketball court. You will see her
Art Studio on the right. 809-497-5668.
Anguillian Divers in New Location
There is a new dive shop in Island Harbour just off the main
road as you enter the village, across from the church.
They have a dive master in residence and are available to
take you out to view our incredible undersea life.
Language Lesson #3
From the Dictionary of the Anguillian Language:
Back. - Pertaining to sexual prowess and
virility. E.g. 'Sea moss/fish soup/coconut water good
for man back'.
- Good morning. Salutation to start each
meeting for politeness. North Americans just blurt out their
business: "I need some stamps." To avoid sounding rude, just
start with "Good morning" and wait for a response. This slows you
down to the Anguillian pace.
- Good night. Means "Good evening", not "beddy bye".
People often answer the phone with "Good night, hello".
- Have a save and pleasant journey. Always said when you are taking a trip.
- Okay. Confirmation that you heard or saw the person. Final
word in an exchange. Can be said to you if you nod to someone as
you drive by. Sometimes "Okay, Okay".
- You alright. Greeting like "How do you do?", reply "alright"
- Title. Last name, such as "Gumbs", not job title.
Anguillans use your "title" or last name unless you are of
the same generation. As one Anguillian explained, "You call
him Mr. Gumbs unless you went to school with him."
If a person has attained a position of authority or respect, they
are often known by their job title, as in Teacher Elmira or
Nurse Richardson, Doctor Hughes.
Arietos Deli in Island Harbour
Arietos Deli has opened at the Arawak Resort in
Island Harbour (behind the primary school, right on the
beach). Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The breakfast menu includes Egg platter, Pancake and
Fried Potatoes, Lunch is Sub sandwiches or salads of Turkey, Tuna,
Chicken or Egg Salad, and hot entries include Fried Chicken
and Veggie Burgers.
Water Testing Operation
We have Judy Dudley on island, a UN volunteer, setting up
a water testing facility in the old Cottage Hospital with
Whittington Hodge, Environment Officer with government.
Using funds from the Caribbean Conservation Association
they have acquired equipment to test water for bacteria,
chemicals, and other dangers. This is important on Anguilla
because we depend on cisterns which can get dirty.
Cable & Wireless Donates Mobile Dental Unit
Hurricane Luis destroyed our mobile dental unit, but
C&W has replaced it with a new one as part of their
contribution to disaster recovery. This new van has
everything a mobile dentist needs in order to visit the six
primary schools, examining
1200 children: chair, x-ray, and all the latest gadgets.
Pineapple Beach Club
The Pineapple Beach Club has changed their name to the
Anguilla Great House Beach Resort.
They have plans to establish a "yacht club" and watersports
facility with an annual summer regatta, to add a ground
transport facility for guests, and to produce a monthly
They can be reached by phone at 800-583-9247
or 809-497-6061 and by email at
web page for the details:
There is a new roundabout between Ashley's Grocery Store
and the Landsdown
Bowl arena. Watch out for it.
The British Government has donated two Mitsubishi Pajero
Jeeps to the Anguilla Police Force.
Valley Primary won the Spelling Bee this year. The winning
students were Kenecia Richardson and Kimberly Rogers.
The Anguilla Beautification Club planted 200 coconut palms
on our beaches.
Twenty recently graduated teachers from Ontario Canada
were in Anguilla for a week to experience teaching in
the schools here.
Two Holidays: Whit Monday and Anguilla Day
We had two holidays in Anguilla this week: Whit Monday
(on Monday) and Anguilla Day on Thursday.
Anguilla Day was celebrated with a parade, parties, sporting
events and a
sailboat race around the island.
This is the day that that the Anguillans expelled
the St. Kitts policemen from the island and took the
irrevocable step that eventually led to separation.
The winner of the sailboat
race this year was De Chan.
The Natalie has won the race in recent years, but
was not competing this year, due to being destroyed in
The Chief Minister presented the Anguilla Badge of Honour
to four veterans of the revolution: Albert Gumbs,
Sherman Haskins, Raymond Haskins and James Rogers.
Architect David Kenworthy won the Red Suzuki in the Rotary
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