Caribbean

Irma ‘bigger, faster and stronger’ than hurricane that devastated Florida 25 years ago.
Two people have died after Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean islands, the French government has confirmed.  The victims were
The National Hurricane Center called the Category 5 hurricane 'extremely dangerous'.
I have never been one to shy away from talking about personal experiences in my live shows, I am now encouraging other women to do the same. I have experienced sexism that is not just every day, but institutional and cultural at every level. Rather than be defeated by this, I am embarking on a project that will empower women facing the same to talk about their experience, and hopefully be part of making a change.
Let us move from the typical stigma of being an "average" size, and let us focus on being a size HEALTHY. The smallest I have ever been in my life was at the age of 17 and that was a resound size 12! Fast forward to now being a size 16/18 and a few pounds heavier, this beach body question always resurfaces.
It was a heart-warming and hope-building experience to watch the progress made by this new project on a small Caribbean island in Panama during the few short weeks of my stay there. I think I'll check in with the team to ask 'how does the garden grow?' and find out if the momentum of the permaculture movement is massing.
The American novelist James A Michener famously described Margiot Bay as the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. Sitting on my balcony, overlooking the boats bobbing in the tranquil marina with the backdrop of the lush hillsides, it's easy to see why.
Then comes the time that required skills have been comfortably completed and you dive under the wreck of a coral encrusted catamaran to marvel at the colours, the schools of fish and the appearance of a four-foot grouper that have claimed it as their home. You emerge as a scuba diver.
Cruising has been on my radar for a while - my partner's parents discovered the appeal a few years ago, my grandparents are regulars on the cruise lines and my own parents hopped on the band wagon in 2015.
This is the 'hidden' agenda that lies behind the race to knock Carnival off the streets on which it was born and into some soulless central London park. Another nail in the coffin for the capital city's rich tapestry of working class and immigrant-led heritage. Let them eat plantains, just not on my newly-painted doorstep.