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In Anguilla, even the dogs have fun at the beach. . . .

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 2000/01/30 - Click to enlarge pictures

Beach Fun

Children play at Sandy Island, party-goers grab a ride home to Island Harbour from Shoal Bay, and crowds enjoy a boat race at Sandy Ground:

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Public Holidays in Anguilla

The Anguilla Public Holidays for 2000 will be something like the table that follows (courtesy of the Tourist Board)

Holiday for New Year's Monday, January 3, 2000
Election Day Friday, March 3, 2000
Good Friday Friday, April 21, 2000
Easter Monday Monday, April 24, 2000
Labour Day Monday, May 1, 2000
Anguilla Day Tuesday, May 30, 2000
Anguilla Day Tuesday, June 12, 2000
The Queen's Birthday Some date in June
August Monday Monday, August 7, 2000
August Thursday Thursday, August 10, 2000
Constitution Day Friday, August 11, 2000
Separation Day Tuesday, December 19, 2000
Christmas Holiday Monday, December 25, 2000
Boxing Day Tuesday, December 26, 2000

There are often boat races on public holidays. Check the calendar of events.

Albena Lake-Hodge, Heroine

[Albena Lake-Hodge] Anguilla's revolutionary stalwarts are being commemorated on the country's postage stamps:

"The Anguilla Philatelic Bureau has taken the initiative to perpetually honour the selfless service of those men and women who worked with great resolve, placing country above self in their quest for self determination.

"Heroes and Heroines of Anguilla's Revolution is intended to be a continuous theme to honour posthumously those who featured prominently in the struggle to liberate their country from servitude and poverty's ever tightening grasp. It is an honour to salute the work and memory of four Anguillans whose loyalty to country speaks volumes as their fitting epitaphs."
Ordering Stamps.
This collection can be ordered for EC$4.70 (about US$1.75). The Post Office now was a web site: Click Here. Their email is and fax is 1-264-497-5455.

Albena Lake-Hodge (1920-1985)

"Albena Lake-Hodge may best be remembered as an educator rather than an active political revolutionary.

"However, the work and enormous contribution made by this outstanding civil servant in the sphere of education during the height of Anguilla's bid for self determination must be recognised as being equally important as the role of the dauntless rebels who took up arms or the statemen who lobbied the cause of their country.

"Teacher Albena was head of one of Anguilla's Primary educational institutions during this very crucial period in our country's evenful past. The Valley Girls' School which was the Alma Mater of a long line of academics, many of whom fill the role of educators today was not only a center learning, but an institution where discipline was enforced by a Head-Mistress who personified such virtues.

"As an administrator, Teacher Albena was one of those influenced the running of our educational sector during the tumultuous era of the late sixties and seventies, when no structured administrative organism was in place.

"Nineteen Hundred and seventy (1970) saw the merger of Valley Girls' School and Valley Boys' school into what is now known as the Valley Primary School. This transition in itself was revolutionary for it brought together these two schools which for decades had established themselves as distinct and credible learning institutionss. Again, Teacher Albena was at the head of this transition.

"The new ministeral form of government which emerged out of Anguilla's revolution, which had by the mid 1970's gained great momentum, saw the former educator becoming one of the first women representatives in government. This monumental achievement could well be viewed as a revolution within the revolution.

Weather in Anguilla

Weather Summary Anguilla
Cloud 75F 23C 82% Humidity, Jan 30
Low temp since last news report 72F 22C
High temp since last news report 81F 27C
Low humidity since last news report 47%
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Light House Restaurant

[Click to enlarge] Anguilla has a well regarded Chinese restaurant in South Hill that does take-out. Their extensive menu includes Nassi Goreng, Curry Conch, and Lobster Chop Suey, as well as all standard items such as Shrimp Fried Rice and Sweet & Sour Pork. All dishes are served with rice and potato.

Telephone: 1-264-497-6437.

Directions: Light House is located on a paved side road between the main road to the West and Backroad. Starting in the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, then left again, past the airport entrance and straight through the roundabout. Continue straight through the next roundabout (i.e., don't go down the hill to Sandy Ground) and continue past Connors Rental Cars. Turn right at the sign for Light House (or Irie Life, they are on the same side street). If you get to Anguilla Trading you went too far.

For the full menu, Click Here.

Anguilla Diary: January 17, 2000 to January 30, 2000

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

Sunday, January 30, 2000

Adorable Dogs, Cats, Puppies and Kittens looking for homes. Call Amy at Morlens Veterinary Clinic, Sandy Hill, 1-264-497-4600.

Bad Eyesight. You have always wanted to try scuba diving or snorkelling, but without your glasses you can't see enough to make it worth the trouble. You can solve that problem now. Visit Louis Bardfield at Anguilla Vision Center, George Hill, telephone 1-264-497-3700. Scuba mask made up in your spectacle prescription (one day service): $165.

Winners of International Arts Festival to be Announced Soon. Press Release from the International Arts Committee.
Paintings from around the world are arriving in Anguilla in preparation for the judging of the second International Arts Festival scheduled to take place during the first weekend in February. Three international judges will be here for the occasion and the winners are to be announced at a cocktail party at Malliouhana Hotel on February 8.

Chairman of the committee organizing the Festival, Courtney Devonish reported that about fifty paintings are expected. The judges are Joyce Daniel from Barbados, Giovanna Rasario from Italy and John Dowell from the USA. Prizes amounting to US $15,000.00 are to be presented. The first prizewinner will receive US $10,000.00, with four other prizes of $1250.00 for the winner in each of three categories; oils/acrylics, pastels and watercolours as well as a prize for the people’s choice. The winner’s work will be reproduced as a poster for the next Anguilla International Arts Festival and four other paintings will be selected for reproduction as Anguillian postage stamps. The main sponsors for the prizes are Cable and Wireless, Anguilla Rums, American Eagle/American Airlines and the National Bank of Anguilla.

Joyce Daniel is an artist who has traveled and exhibited widely. She works in acrylics, watercolour and mixed media and has extensive experience in teaching visual arts. She is currently a part-time tutor at the Barbados Community College and is also a Design Consultant.

Giovanna Rasario is from Italy and is the Curator of a museum in Florence and a co director of the National Museum of San Marco. She has directed the activity of restoration of several important paintings and sculptures, including some masterpieces. She is a well-recognized painter; mostly oil on canvas and her work has been shown in many art galleries in Italy, France, Belgium and Germany.

John Dowell is a Professor of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. John Dowell is a Professor of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington, Seattle with majors in printmaking and drawing. He has had many solo exhibitions and has commissioned work for the City of Chicago and Philadelphia. His work is in the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Boston Museum of Fine Art and many others.

The general public is invited to view the paintings and hear the announcement of the winners. Tickets are available for the event at Malliouhana Hotel on February 8, starting at 5.30 p.m. priced US $10.00

Saturday, January 29, 2000

Financial Cryptography.
Events, holidays, activities

The FC Conference will be held in Anguilla for the fourth time, Feb 21-24: Click Here. For reports on previous gatherings in Anguilla of these brainy, pale programmers, Click Here (pictures), Click Here and Here Too (Paul Syverson reports) and Click Here (Duncan Goldie-Scot report).

Beaches of Anguilla. The tourist board has an interesting beaches page: Click Here.

November News in German. The Anguilla News for Nov 7, 1999 is now available in German: Click Here.

Friday, January 28, 2000

Vacation Apartments at $99/Day. Looking for a home away from home this winter? Consider Luz and Ambrose Gumbs' Paradise Apartments on Rey Hill: Click Here.

Luz also operates the Purple Rose Florists: Click Here.

Latest Caribbean Aviation News. For the last two days of news items from this web service, Click Here. Contains links to recent news stories, such as this one from Jan 26, 2000: LIAT pilots drop strike threat.

Post Lenny Beach Pictures. There are still people who think Anguilla's beaches were destroyed in Hurricane Lenny. It isn't true. Gilbert Fleming went out on Nov 28th, 1999 (less than 10 days after the storm) and took beach pictures which he put them on the web: Click Here. The beaches look even better now.

Thursday, January 27, 2000

Honeymoon Feedback.
Anguilla Forums:
Carib On-line

Travel Talk


Joette Phillips (email: wrote on Tuesday, January 25, 2000:

My husband and I spent our honeymoon on Anguilla last August. We are anxious to return and will make this perfect island our permanent vacation destination.

We spent one week at the Round House at Cove Bay--not enough time to enjoy the beautiful beaches and wonderful restaurants. Can't wait to taste pumpkin soup and crayfish creole once again!!

Soroptomists Valentine Fair. Saturday, Feb 12, 2000. Noon until 5pm. Grounds of the Governor's house, Old Ta.

Photo Gallery. The Tourist Board has an excellent photo gallery of Anguilla on their web site: Click Here.

For the Children.
Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at or the Hotel Association at

Malliouhana Hotel has expanded its beach facilities with kids in mind - even big kids. The newly opened beach complex features a 60' water slide, a fantastic pirate ship in a shallow pool, and an extension of the resorts playground. For the young-at-heart, hours can be wiled away in the new beachside restaurant: "Le Bistro" and the 11' deep diving pool. There is also a new multi-purpose meeting room which will cater for weddings, parties, receptions and small conferences. [From the AHTA newsletter.]

Wednesday, January 26, 2000

Public Holidays for 2000. For a preliminary list of public holidays, Click Here.

Carolyn Caldwell Showing. Devonish Gallery currently has a show of watercolor island scenes by Carolyn Caldwell running through Feb 4th: Click Here. And there is an article about the show on The Daily Herald web site: Click Here. Plus there was a Grand Opening for the Something Special boutique next door.

History of Anguilla. Read about history, including the Anguilla Revolution: Click Here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2000

Tourist Board Web Site. The Anguilla Tourist Board has redesigned and greatly expanded their web site: Click Here.

Carnival 2000 Dates. Carnival will be celebrated this year from Thursday August 3rd to Saturday August 12th, 2000.

Monday, January 24, 2000

CuisinArt Grand Opening (Daily Herald Link): Click Here.

The Harlem Wizards. This is Police Week. One of the more unique events is a celebrity basketball game featuring members of the Harlem Wizards professional entertainment team. They are in their 37th year of play and have played over 5000 games in the USA and abroad. Jan 27, 8pm, basketball court next to Ashley's in The Valley. EC$10 or US$4. Great event for children.

Second Wind Watersports.
Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

Dandy Richardson now has a web page for his watersports business on Shoal Bay: Click Here. He offers kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, and parasailing.

Sunday, January 23, 2000

Italian Translation of News! Do you read Italian? Then you can catch up on the latest happenings in Anguilla (up through Jan 16,2000): Click Here. [Translation courtesy Professor Gaetano Di Palo.)

LIAT Troubles: "the fourth time in six days that the airline was brought to a halt because of disgruntled employees striking over [unpaid] salaries... And as if things weren't bad enough, an American millionaire is preparing to introduce a competing airline within the next three months." Click Here for news story. (Source: Caribbean Aviation News. Click Here for their index of news stories by month.)

The Daily Herald Offers Island News. A new feature on The Daily Herald web site is island news. Previously only the front page stories of the newspaper appeared on the web site and this was 99% St. Marteen and Netherland Antilles news. But the paper also carries many good stories from Anguilla, Saba, etc., and now some of those will be featured on the web site as well.

The first Anguilla story I noticed, Click Here, is about a feasability study on developing Shoal Bay's Fountain Cavern and its Amerindian petroglyphs.

Saturday, January 22, 2000

Governor to Retire. Anguilla's Governor Robert Harris and his wife Mary are leaving the island at noon on Thursday, Jan 27th from Wallblake Airport. The Governor plans to retire from the civil service.

CoveCastles Reopens Next Week. Talked to the French chef at CoveCasltes villa resort last night and he expects to be back to work behind the stove on January 28th.

Do You Speak German? Then you will be glad to know that the last two issues of the Anguilla News have been translated into German. Click Here for Jan 02, 2000 and Click Here for Jan 16, 2000. For older issues, Click Here.

In the archive

Translation is by Hans Kraehenbuehl, VP2EKS
#1 Tuckernet Bottom, Island Harbour,
P.O. Box 873, The Valley
ANGUILLA, British West Indies
eMail: or
Phone: ++1-264-497-4852
Coords: Lat 018deg 15min 03sec N, Long 63deg 00min 14sec W

Friday, January 21, 2000

Savannah Gallery Expands. This art gallery has recently renovated an old garage which was inconspicuously attached to the western side of their charming old building, and converted it into an extra show room. The garage, which once housed Teacher Ruby's typing class, was added on to the 100+ year old house around 1950. More on Savannah Gallery: Click Here. [From the AHTA newsletter.]

Better LIAT Schedule. As a result of several meetings between LIAT and Minister of Tourism Hubert Hughes and Director of Tourism Amelia Vanterpool-Kubish, connections from the UK to Anguilla through Antigua should be much easier. Three new connecting flights have been added and other flights have been adjusted to make connections with trans-atlantic flights easier. [From the AHTA newsletter.]

Thursday, January 20, 2000

Corrected Internet Access Info. Pat Hunte at Cable and Wireless pointed out that gateway IP address was out of date on our Communication Page. Here are the correct configuration values to access the Internet in Anguilla:

Local domain name is
Gateway IP address is
DNS server is (domain name server)
POP and SMTP server is

Blue Waters. I just talked to a visitor who is staying at Blue Waters Beach Apartments in the West End. He says they suffered cruelly in Hurricane Lenny but have been fixed up (by the family of the Anguillian owners) and are fine now.

Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Full Moon Beach Dance. Listen to live Caribbean music and dance right on the beach (on a portable wooden dance floor!): Friday night, January 21, 2000. The place is the Full Moon beach party at Serenity Restaurant on Upper Shoal Bay. If you are going for dinner first, call 1-264-497-3328 for a reservation.

Virgin Islands AM Radio. We left WSTA St Thomas 1340 AM off our Anguilla radio list. They also have a "streaming" signal on the web at, which means you should be able to hear it in their browsers from anywhere. They have regional weather several times a day and do a regional news report at noon (Voice of Paradise - which is also on the web at Information from Alex Randall (email:

Seven Palms Villa.
Build Your Own:

Here is a web site that I stumbled upon for a 7bd/7ba, 11,000 sq ft villa on the Searocks (between Shoal Bay and Island Harbour): Complete with vanishing edge swimming pool. Of course it is a bit misleading to show unmarked pictures of St Martin on a web site for an Anguilla villa.

Tuesday, January 18, 2000

Update to Roger Lambert's Anguilla Site. Roger has updated his web site and added new information on restaurants (Click Here) and scuba diving (Click Here).

Shamash at Overlook We had dinner last Saturday night at Cyril's Overlook, because Shamash is the chef there now. The food was even better than when he was chef at Zaras.

Monday, January 17, 2000

Beachshack. Mary Ann has new information and pictures on her Tropical Construction Web Site:

Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
The Shop Irie Life
Radio Stations Old House Restaurant
Daily Diary Airport Tour

About Anguilla

Anguilla is a coral island in the North Eastern Caribbean, six miles from St. Martin. Click Here for a map showing Anguilla's relative location. The web pages about Anguilla have been indexed by topic in an Internet Yellow Pages:

Anguilla Internet Yellow Pages
Air Travel
Auto Rental
Cays and Islets
Discussion Forums
Ferry Service
Foreign Language
Glassbottom Boats
Guest Houses
Hidden Places
Local Life & Culture
Personal Pages
Racing Sailboats
Real Estate
St. Martin/St. Maarten
Taxi Services
Tips & Pointers
Tourist Information
Water Sports

Searching the Site

Indirectly, this page links to all known Anguilla web sites, including the many articles in the Bob Green's Anguilla News. To read past issues by date, Click Here. The four year news archive can also be searched by key word:

Recommended Vacation Villas

Our villa on Shoal Bay beach: Bellamare.

And ten minutes away, our Azu villa in St Barth that is totally secluded and private, but walking distance to everything in St Jean, and with unbelievable views.

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