Daily Archives: March 14, 2006

Barbados Animal Flower Caves at North Point, St. Lucy


The Caves At North Point

One of my friends worked for three years outside of north London, but never went to see Buckingham Palace. She never visited the Devon and Cornwall coast or traveled to the Highlands of Scotland to gaze out over some of the purest water on the planet. She even turned down an invitation to spend a weekend at Rua Reidh Lighthouse near Gairloch with a group of work-mates.

When I asked her, “How could you live there and not make an effort to see such magnificent sights?” she replied, “Aren’t we so uppity? ‘An when did YOU last see the caves at North Point… on the school outing when we were ten years old?”

Ouch! Sometimes the truth hits you like a badly-delivered googly. (If you need to look that up, you can do so here. World Cup is coming soon!) Here we live every day surrounded by the beauty and history of Barbados, yet so seldom do we pause to appreciate what we have.

So last week, Shona and I packed up the boy and a few eats and headed off for the Animal Flower Caves at North Point.

The Other Barbados – Rugged Beauty

Many tourists spend their time at a resort on the Caribbean (West) or South side and never see the rugged Atlantic coast of Barbados… and that is a shame. Compared with the western beaches, the Atlantic coast is virgin. No crowds, fresh trade winds at this time of year and – at some very special places – a chance to see our island as it must have been thousands of years ago. The Animal Flower Caves at North Point is one such place.

Over the years, the sea carved deep into the coral face of the east cliffs. For a few dollars, a guide will take you into the very heart of the cliff and into a series of connected caves that are large enough to hold hundreds of people. The pirates and smugglers of old must have loved such places.

Barbados is largely coral raised from the sea (or perhaps the sea dropped – who knows?), so the inside of the caves are full of fossiled creatures – even a two-metre long fish that smiles at you from his stone mouth. “How long ago did Mr. Fish die?” asked Shona’s boy. A good question, indeed. Standing at the top of the cliff, or peeking out of the cave and watching the sea smash into island, one naturally starts to ponder the thoughts that we never have time for as we work every day.

Yes, if you come to Barbados, you must see the caves at North Point. If you live here, then you must remember to take some time for yourself. Re-visit the places that caused you such happiness and wonder as a child.

And if you are lucky, you just might be able to steal a kiss on an empty beach. You won’t find an empty beach on the Caribbean side, but there are plenty on the East coast of Barbados.

Photo by Shona 


Filed under Barbados, Environment, Island Life, Traveling and Tourism

Barbados Owen Arthur “Negrocrat” Controversy Will Not Die

As earlier reported by Barbados Free Press in our article Of “Negrocrats”, “Oreos”, “Iggas” and Other Racial Slurs In Barbados, the controversy over Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s use of the word “Negrocrats” is continuing to receive coverage in the international media.

According to the CBC, the Prime Minister defended his use of the word “Negrocrat” over the weekend, and said that he intended to make “Negrocrat” a regular part of his vocabulary.

Well, calling opponents racial terms like “Negrocrats” should go over very well when Mr. Arthur goes begging to the international banking community to finance his cricket spending. “Negrocrats” is widely perceived in the international community as an unacceptable racial slur of the type commonly used by low people.

Owen Arthur is becoming a national embarrassment on the world stage.

The St. Kitts & Nevis Democrat Newspaper published an article “A Negrocrat New Word In Caribbean Political Usage” and quoted from the Barbados Free Press…

Needless to say, PM Arthur has not scored many popularity points for this name-calling exercise. In some quarters he is accused of using a ”racist” word against his own race and in so doing has disgraced Barbados on the World Stage.

“Do these Bajans not realize how this looks to rest of the world? Do they not realize how hurtful and self-destructive this is for Barbados?” asks someone on the Barbados Free Press Blog website.

Other international media picking up on the “negrocrat” discussion include Harvard Law School’s Global Voices, the Haiti Sun and Voice of Barbados Radio.

If the New York Times publishes a four-line “negrocrat” piece quoting Owen Arthur, that will define Barbados in the minds of many for a decade to come.

Nice going, Owen.


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, Politics & Corruption