Getting scrappy

Finally, Dominica has begun to do something with old computer parts (besides dumping them in the landfill). I dropped off several years worth of old PCs at the ‘Scrap Metal Only’ yard in Canefield. Along with old aluminium cans they are shipped off to Canada where they are recycled. Next – let’s find a good way to dispose of used engine oil. The scrap metal initiative is by Ivan Smith (767 276 6434) in conjunction with Lifeline Ministries (767 449...

rebuilding the bike

the bike Originally uploaded by Steve_Mc I’m in the process of rebuilding part of the bike, and found BicycleTutor.com, which is fast becoming invaluable. Mind you, I wish I hadn’t found out WD40 was the worse possible lubricant to use on one’s...
Otter with big eyes

Otter with big eyes

The LIAT Twin Otter flight from Canefield, Dominica, is how flying should be – fun, lots to see (especially with the large windows), a little ‘edge of the seat’ at times, and short. En route to Antigua, the stop over is about 15 minutes at Guadeloupe, when one usually sits in the plane and awaits any passengers going on to Antigua. Until now. Because of a ‘new law’, as the <racial stereotype> sulky but stylish French female</racial stereotype> ground staff told us, we had to get off the plane, follow her around into the airport, up several flights of stairs, through a security check again, and back down and out to the plane. Still, one gets to see another airport, and one could even buy a copy of Le Monde before it goes bankrupt (it lost US$31m last year). Except that Le Monde journalists are on strike… Which got me thinking, when French air traffic controllers take their annual strike action, does that mess LIAT flights up? I’d rather not...
Getting the bird

Getting the bird

A recent newspaper article voiced concerns by farmers in Dominica that wildlife – especially parrots – had made such a comeback that their numbers were impacting on farmers’ crops. Apparently they’re very partial to grapefruits. Rather than shoot them (as had been done), the farmers ought to see this as a golden opportunity. People will pay good money to see these magnificent birds, which are only found here. Remember, there were only sixty or so Sisserous (Amazona imperialis) after Hurricane David. Now there are about 300. I did wonder how Hurricane Dean last year impacted on birdlife, and events such as that serve to show that we still need to protect our own endangered species. (Photo by Izzy) PS The newspaper also said one farmer was considering court action. The defendant may only be referred to as Jack...

April sunset

sunset 12 Apr Originally uploaded by Steve_Mc The days are getting longer, and as you can see from the photo, the sun’s setting further...