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Friday, January 28, 2005

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Bankie Announces Moonsplash 2005 Lineup

Get ready for the Moonsplash Music Festival 2005, coming up February 24-27 at The Dune Preserve! Bankie Banx is your host for his 15th annual musical and cultural extravanganza under the full moon on spectacular Rendezvous Bay. Once again Bankie has put together a stellar lineup for Moonsplash 2005, including the legendary Toots and the Maytals, Lloyd Parks and We The People, John Holt and Pam Hall, plus Bankie and Surprise Guests! Click link for more information.
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Register for 2005 Tennis Camp

The Anguilla Tennis Academy has posted the 2005 summer camp brochure on their web site (MS word format). If you are interested in visiting Anguilla for this great event, this is the time to be registering!
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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Shaken, Not Stirred

A new store, SHAKEN NOT STIRRED, has opened in Bedney's Plaza on the main road in West End. They have a selection of fine aged rum from all over the Caribbean as well as spiced and flavored rums. They also have a good variety of regular and premium liquor and liqueuers. The Coconut Rhum Balls are one of their best selling snack items. The store also stocks cold beer, soft drinks and juices. "New this week ABSOLUT RASBERRI." For info call (264) 497-0758
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Friday, January 21, 2005

AHTA Auction: Splash! Villa

The hotel association is holding another online auction, this time for 6 days/5 nights at Splash! Villa, a 3 bedroom private villa with swimming pool. Splash! is a charming three bedroom private villa nestled away in a secluded, peaceful area, just perfect for a quiet escape. Bids start at $300, which would be quite a bargain!
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Michele Lavalette Exhibition

Savannah Gallery is having a showing of new paintings by Michele Lavalette. The opening is Jan 29 (2-5pm) with the artist in residence.
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Italian Chef at Serenity!

Serenity Restaurant on Upper Shoal Bay has a new Italian chef and a new dinner menu. We went last night and the Grilled Mussels (Cozze all Griglia) were amazing and unique. More from the new menu:

Gamberi in Verde (Shrimps in Greens) $12.95
Cozze in Padella (Sauteed Mussels) $11.95
Carpaccio di Pesce Fresco (Catch of the Day Appetizer) $11.95
Insalate di Verde Mista & Zucchine Fresche (Mixed Salad with fresh zucchini) $9.95
Spaghetti Carbonara $16.95
Medaglioni di Maiale Dello Chef (Pork Medallions Chef's Style) $24.95

and lots more dishes, including Snapper prepared 3 different ways, and daily specials.

Tel: 264-497-3328
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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Anguilla Section of the Caribbean Travel Forums

Anguilla Travel Forums has many links to forums, travelogues, photo galleries, maps and cams with which to plan the ideal vacation in Anguilla.
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Tsunami Relief Concert

A Benefit Gospel Concert in aid of the victims of the tsunami that affected millions of people in south Asia last month will be held this Saturday, January 22nd, 2005 at Landsome Bowl Cultural Centre starting at 7:00pm. Price of admission is EC$15.00 for adults and EC$5.00 for children under 12 years.

Artists scheduled to perform are: Susan Best, James Harrigan, Ruthlyn Harrigan, Lake Sisters, Police Community Band, Chris and Sandra Richardson, Anita Ruan, Shekinah, Shiloh Band (Debut Performance), Unity Singers, James Vanterpool, Evan Webster and many more.

People not able to attend the concert but who would like to contribute to the relief effort can drop off a cash donation (cheques payable to Tsunami Relief Fund) at the offices of KPMG in The Valley. For more information, please contact 497-5500.
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Villa Exclusivity

The large villa at Captain's Bay is called Villa Exclusivity and has a web page (link above). There are 5 oceanfront bedrooms and a 6th bedroom on request. Large swimming pool, air conditioning, tennis court, helicopter pad, right at the end of the beach. About as secluded as you can get in Anguilla.
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New Book on Anguilla

Janine Edwards writes: "There is a lovely new Anguilla hardcover book entitled “”Anguilla A Shorter Sleeved Way of Life” by TH Patten. The visuals are great and I haven’t had a chance to read it yet! ISBN 0-9762839-0-5. Published by Elizabooks Publishing (link above)."

Anne Parle writes: "The book has been available on Island for just two short weeks and has been very well received. The book is currently available at the Something Special, Irie Life, Anguilla Drugstore, Straw Hat Restaurant and the Overlook and at the Tourist Board office (the publisher has generously donated 3 cases so that Mimi can do a fundraiser for the AHTA and the Anguilla Culinary Team) ... the book normally retails for US$35."

Heidi Meyer writes: "Liz Tiefenthaler, a long-time visitor of Anguilla, recently published a lovely new book on Anguilla, entitled Anguilla, A Shorter Sleeved Way of Life. A summary of this new book is as follows:" 'Join a well-meaning but hapless vacationer on a trip to an island of breathtaking beaches, rich history, and sumptuous resorts and restaurants. Anguilla, a Shorter Sleeved Way of Life covers the wanderings, discoveries and perceptions of a first-time visitor to the island. Extraordinarily rich in photographs and incidents, goats and toasts, palms and fronds, this book is one part guidebook, one part travelogue, and quite a few parts fuzzy recollection. It is available for purchase at elizabookspublishing.com.'

Steve Stanczyk writes: "Attached is a pdf of the sell sheet and cover of Anguilla, A Shorter Sleeved Way of Life."
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Golf Fun Saturday

Anguilla has a 9-hole pitch and putt course in Sandy Ground where you can practice your short game in anticipation of the upcoming St Regis resort course (and any other golf courses that might be built in Anguilla in the future). The first Golf "Scramble" of 2005 will be held Saturday, 22 January at the Pitch and Putt course in Sandy Ground. Register 3 PM so teams can be organized and tournament commenced with a "shot-gun" start 3:30. Entry fee EC$10.00, or US$4.00. Clubs available for rent. In a Scramble, each group starts on a different hole and plays 9 holes. After each shot, your team selects the best shot of your team and everyone hits from that spot. This is great - it means that lost balls into the bush never happened (unless all 4 of your hit into the bush)! There will be a social hour following golf when winners will be announced and prizes awarded. The first two scrambles in Nov and Dec were a big success.
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Car For Sale.

FOR SALE: VW Golf, Manhatten. White, 4 door Hatchback, Power windows and doors, Air, Manual Trans, Alarm system. One owner, Purchased new in Jan 1998, 50,000 km. Car has received loving care and regular maintenance. Price: US 7,500 Tel: 497 -4293 Cell: 235 -6971
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

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American Eagle Is Back!

I was on the flight to Puerto Rico yesterday, the first since September. The new ATR 72 planes feel just like the old ATR 42, only longer.

The departure lounge is now completely air-conditioned, and there is a new Internet Cafe, which I used to post my news from yesterday.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

American Arrives

Reporting live from the new internet cafe at the airport, the Eagle has landed! ... have to run to catch the flight.
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Will the Eagle Fly Today?

Today, I am scheduled to fly out of Anguilla on the American Eagle to San Juan. If this actually happens it will be the first American flight on the new runway and I will post pictures afterwards! - Bob Green
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Monday, January 10, 2005

Newspaper Article on Anguilla

The Philadelphia Inquirer of Dec 5, 2004 had an article entitled "Enchantment on horseback, swimming in a tropical sea" by Donna Gentile O'Donnell. Here is a sample:

"I met Tonia at the stable for an early-morning ride. We saddled up the horses, rode the cliffside that overlooks the ocean, and picked our way down the steep, rocky hillside toward the beach at Road Bay. There were three contiguous stretches of dazzling white beach, with some human obstacles in between, mostly boat lines mooring sailboats in the town harbor, and little kids darting in and out of the water.

When we got to the first open stretch, I gave Tequila a little squeeze with my legs. That was all the encouragement he needed. He was off like a shot, into a full, smooth, exhilarating gallop. After we sprinted the length of the beaches, Tonia asked me if I wanted to take them into the water.

Now, I've been in water before on horseback. So at first, I didn't get the import of what she was asking. As we waded in, I soon realized that the horses were not just headed in up to their knees to cool off. Within seconds, the sea covered their withers - they were almost completely submerged, and I was up to my waist in water. The horses were swimming, and making noises that approximated sounds I've heard dolphins and whales make; these were deep-throated exhales, clearly communicating pleasure...."
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Boat USA Article

Don Bryan reports that the Jan 2005 issue of "Boat USA" features Anguilla and has a full article on Anguilla inside.

Andantage Anguilla: Put together some great local sailing, international yachtsmen, top-rung accomodations and welcoming islanders and you've got a great mix.

"Anguillians, from government officials to the average Joe, are convinced that their home-grown brand of boatbuilding and competitive sailing sets them apart from their Caribbean neighbors... "

Update: Steve Donahue reports that the article (with pictures) can be viewed until March, 2005 at http://www.boatus.com/news/reports.htm - just click on "Advantage Anguilla".
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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Handcrafted Italian Ceramics

For anyone interested KGallery in South Hill Plaza is now carrying beautifully detailed fine handcrafted Italian ceramics and is hoping to expand to larger decorative pieces like Italian ceramic tables etc. in the near future. Drop by or call 497-8941 to inquire.
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Flavours

Flavours Restaurant on Back Street in South Hill has re-opened following a major renovation and expansion project. The restaurant has been revamped into a Steak House with a Caribbean twist. Open every night for dinner except Wednesday, Flavours now also features a new expanded bar and lounge area.

For reservations and information please call 497-0629.
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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

St. Gerard's Church

Dennis Sheehan would like to announce the new website for St Gerard's Catholic Chuch here in Anguilla. Of course they are still working on it and will be adding as they go but, it is ready for those interested to know.
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Charanell's Concierge Service

Charanell Jackman has started her own Concierge business. Whatever you need Charanell can arrange it: private air or boat charter, a wedding, a spectacular lunch on a secluded cay, dining arrangements, flowers, limo, snorkeling, massage, taxi service, babysitting and much more. Charanell previously worked at Cuisinart, arranging activities for many unique individuals! Tel 264-476-7866. charanelljackman@yahoo.com www.cpcsanguilla.com
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Anguilla News Updated

www.news.ai has been updated for the month.
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Monday, January 03, 2005

Lost Dog Found

Rex was lost at Rendezvous Bay, but was found at his former owner's house in Sandy Ground. What a navigator!
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Sorry for Delay in Monthly News

The Anguilla News should have been updated yesterday, but our internet access from Cable and Wireless was out for 2 days. This is not the first weekend that this has happened on, not even the first holiday weekend!
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AARF

The December 2004 AARF Newsletter is now available at www.aarf.ai or click link above.
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Christmas Lights

Janine Edwards sends these pictures of the Christmas lights of 2004.

First is the tree at Webster-Dyrud-Mitchell’s, pictured right.

Second are the decorations at NBA and Anglec:

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Next, The Valley tree lighting, which was spectacular again this year:

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And also the Anguilla Tourist Board/AHTA Office:

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